Could this affect the Russian investigation?
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the head of one of the committees investigating the possibility of Russian interference in the 2016 election, announced Thursday that he would resign from Congress effective June 30, The Daily Caller reports.
The Utah Republican, who is chief of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has been rumored to be taking a role at Fox News.
“Serving you in the U.S. House of Representatives for nearly nine years has been a rare honor and privilege,” Chaffetz said in a letter to his constituents.
“When I first ran for Congress in 2008 I promised I would get in, serve, and get out. I told voters I did not believe Congress should be a lifetime career. I knew from day one that my service there would not last forever.”
He also said that his family had played an important role in his decision.
“As you know, after careful consideration and long discussion with my wife, Julie, we agree the time has come for us to move on from this part of our life. This week I sent a letter to Governor Herbert indicating my intention to resign from Congress effective June 30, 2017,” the letter said.
“My life has undergone some big changes over the last 18 months. Those changes have been good. But as I celebrated my 50th birthday in March, the reality of spending more than 1,500 nights away from my family over eight years hit me harder than it had before.”
In April, Chaffetz had announced he would not run again in 2018. On Sunday, The Hill reported Chaffetz told senior GOP House members that he would be taking a “substantial role” at Fox News.
“Let’s just say that when Jason told us he was headed to Fox, no one was surprised,” one senior GOP aide said.
“He’s probably one of the most media-capable members in the House,” another added, “just based on total time spent on a television camera.”
As for the Russia investigation, Chaffetz told The Washington Post Tuesday that the House Oversight Committee is “still moving full steam ahead,” adding that special prosecutor Robert Mueller is an investigator “with impeccable credentials.”
Chaffetz has already been a favorite here at Conservative Tribune, and we’ll miss him being in the halls of Congress. However, family always comes first — and a plum job at Fox News doesn’t hurt, either.
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