Earlier this month, Utah’s Rep. Jason Chaffetz made it public that he wouldn’t be seeking reelection for his seat in 2018. Not long afterward, we learned that he had a gig at Fox News lined up following the end of his Congressional career.Now, according to Politico, Chaffetz will be expediting the process, leaving Congress at the end of June.
JASON CHAFFETZ expected to announce today he will step down from Congress early. Comes days after Comey subpoena.His office declines comment
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) May 18, 2017
According to the Politico report:
Chaffetz is expected to announce Thursday that he is resigning before the end of this congressional term, according to three sources familiar with his plans.Chaffetz did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday evening or Thursday morning. Multiple sources say he will leave Congress on June 30.
Chaffetz, 50, is chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the top investigative body in the chamber. He recently subpoenaed James Comey’s memos, and invited the fired FBI director to testify next week before his panel.
Paul Ryan said this morning that he had not heard anything from Chaffetz regarding an early departure, and Chaffetz’s office has not returned any requests for comment from Politico.[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. He is a co-author of the forthcoming book A Paradoxical Alliance: Islam and the Left, and can be found on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]