Chaffetz will resign in June, raising doubts about Trump probe

The coveted House Oversight gavel is due to change hands, as chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) steps down from Congress to become a cable TV commentator.

He told reporters Thursday from his home in a southern Salt Lake City suburb that he still has not seen the Comey memo or spoken with the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director. Sitting next to his wife, Julie, and their dog, Ruby, Chaffetz said after almost eight in years in Congress, he wanted a change.

"Rep. Gowdy is talking to members in the conference about the qualities they believe are most important for the next Chairman to possess", Gowdy spokeswoman Amanda Gonzalez told USA Today. He's reportedly eying a position at Fox News after leaving the House. "In large part, I'm still putting that together".

He has not ruled out running for another office, such as Utah governor. His campaign registered the web domains and in early April.

Last month, Chaffetz stunned the political world by saying he would leave congress before his current term ends in 2018.

During his tenure, the media-savvy congressman launched high-profile and frequently controversial investigations into the Obama administration and other Democratic targets, notably Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state.

On Tuesday, Chaffetz sent a letter to the FBI asking for files that could prove that fired FBI Director James Comey documented an attempt by President Trump to dissuade him from investigating former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

Since Trump's election, Chaffetz has faced increasing pressure from constituents to more aggressively scrutinize President Trump's business dealings and his campaign's alleged ties to Russian Federation.

At a town hall in Cottonwood Heights last February, Chaffetz faced angry voters who booed and shouted "Do your job!" in videos that quickly went viral. Chaffetz later said that the negative reception was the result of "paid protesters".

Chaffetz said his last day will be June 30.

Chaffetz is head of a committee that is the House's investigatory arm into the Executive Branch.

He said he believed other members of his committee would keep the investigation going.

"The overwhelming driving force is the idea that I just love my family", Chaffetz said.

In a letter to constituents on his website Thursday, Chaffetz said the time had come for him to turn the page and start a new chapter of his life.

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