Chaffetz to resign from Congress in June

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Republican House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz has just announced he is officially resigning from Congress and will not finish his term.

Chaffetz told Politico that he has already exploring his job options outside of Congress, and The Washingtonian reported last week that Chaffetz has been telling Republican colleagues that he will join Fox News. The President repeatedly said it was time to move on from the Russian Federation probe, and get back to the business of the nation.

He feels no compulsion now to talk about what he is doing after his resignation, he said, though he said he is talking to organizations to figure out what post-congressional life will look like.

Chaffetz also said he's not sure the Comey memos are "real".

But he was adamant that his family, not a job offer, was what compelled him to leave Congress early.

"For those who would speculate otherwise, let me be clear that I have no ulterior motives", Chaffetz wrote in a Facebook post in April, when he first announced he would not be seeking re-election.

His letter announcing his resignation did not mention the investigation, focusing exclusively about his decision about wanting to spend more time with family.

"It's hard to convey how much you miss in your family".

Chaffetz is the second House Republican who is stepping away from a Trump investigation.

"I think the Clinton email investigation is still not complete, and it is such importance to the nation", he said.

Chaffetz said he hoped to preside over one final hearing on a botched Obama administration "gun-walking" program, in which federal authorities let gun-runners purchase firearms in hopes of disrupting gun smuggling rings.

At his monthly press event at KUED, Governor Herbert opened the briefing with the main topic of the day, dealing with the resignation of Utah's Jason Chaffetz in Congressional District 3.

Chaffetz previously has not ruled out another run for public office at some point in the future.

"A lot of people will never believe that", he said. "And that process is not always the one that's most favorable to guys like me who don't always go along with the establishment".

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