Sitting next to his wife, Julie, and their dog, Ruby, Chaffetz said after almost eight in years in Congress, he wanted a change. I told voters I did not believe Congress should be a lifetime career.
The congressman is recovering from foot surgery, which has kept him mostly homebound for the past few weeks. Two are South Carolinians: former prosecutor Trey Gowdy, who removed himself this week from possible consideration for the Federal Bureau of Investigation directorship, and Mark Sanford, who has built-in seniority on the committee from his previous service in Congress. Ohio representative Jim Jordan did not rule out interest last month, as news of Chaffetz's impending resignation spread. "In large part, I'm still putting that together".
Chaffetz made no official plans for his future, but he has not ruled out running for governor of Utah in 2020. His campaign registered the Web domains Chaffetz2028.com and JasonForGovernor.com in early April.
Chaffetz had previously said he may leave before the end of his term but did not give any timeline.
He led the House's Benghazi select committee that went after then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
On Tuesday, he vowed to get the memos ex-FBI Director James Comey reportedly wrote about his meeting with Trump in which the president allegedly asked him to shut down the FBI investigation into ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
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Cornyn's office didn't immediately respond to a question about how the senator defines "independent". Kislyak was with Lavrov at the White House last week when Trump disclosed the sensitive information.
Comey was sacked last week amid an FBI investigation into whether Trump's presidential campaign associates colluded with Russian Federation to influence the presidential election outcome to benefit him. Chaffetz later claimed that the negative reception was the result of "paid protesters".
Citing a desire to spend more time with his family, Chaffetz said he would officially step down on June 30, 2017.
Chaffetz is head of a committee that is the House's investigatory arm into the Executive Branch. "I've been disappointed in the Trump administration because they have not loosened up the documents in the State Department and Justice Department".
He said he believed other members of his committee would keep the investigation going.
"I loved being in the driver's seat, but. there are lots of good people who care about these issues and are well-suited to carry out these investigations", he said.
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, a Republican, said he spoke with Chaffetz on Wednesday but said he doesn't know what the Chaffetz' plans are for leaving Congress.