As the head of the House's main investigative committee since 2015, Chaffetz became a prime critic of President Barack Obama's administration and, crucially, former secretary of state and presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. 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.
"Gov. Herbert's decision to call an election without allowing the Legislature to perform its legal and constitutional duty is disappointing and exposes the vacancy election process to unnecessary legal and political risks", the op-ed said. It was announced this week that the Chairman of the House Governmental Oversight Committee will leave Congress, effective June 30.
Chavez said his last day will be June 30. But he's not. Rather, like Sarah Palin in 2009 and Jim DeMint in 2013, the congressman is resigning because he thinks he has better things to do with his time than to keep his word to the people who elected him.
The lieutenant governor's office, which oversees elections, set a timeline for the special election Friday.
He is planned to speak with reporters at his home south of Salt Lake City later Thursday afternoon. "Without Chaffetz having to weigh how every utterance, every hearing, every subpoena would impact his immediate political future, there is reason to believe that any investigation he is in charge of might truly go wherever the evidence leads".
"Trey is more than qualified to be the next chairman of Oversight", Rep. Tom Graves (R., Ga.) said.
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.
As a college football kicker at Mormon-owned Brigham Young University in Utah, Chaffetz stumped for Dukakis during his 1988 presidential campaign.
Well, I saved a version of that "Only Nixon" bit for the editorial that was published Friday's Tribune.
The committee is also looking into whether Mr. Flynn may have violated the law by failing to obtain required permission from the U.S. Army and U.S. State Department before receiving money from entities associated with the Russian and Turkish governments.