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Tough-Talking Former Prosecutor Trey Gowdy to Replace Chaffetz on Oversight Committee

20 Mai 2017

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.

On Twitter, Chaffetz said of the Comey memo implicating Trump of urging Comey to discontinue the investigation on Flynn that he needs "to see it sooner rather than later", adding "I have my subpoena pen ready". He said last month that he would not seek re-election in 2018 and that he was considering leaving office early.

"It has been a tremendous honor and privilege to serve the people of Utah as a member of Congress", Chaffetz said to Herbert in an email. Chaffetz later said that the negative reception was the result of "paid protesters".

Other Republicans have also faced heat from constituents, but Chaffetz's prominent role and frequent media appearances have made him a lightning rod for critics who say he has not pursued oversight of the Trump administration with the same fervor he did President Barack Obama's.

Mr. Chaffetz said his last day will be June 30.

The announcement by Chaffetz, 50, was the latest twist of the Republican-controlled congressional investigations into Trump.

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Politico first reported Chaffetz's plans to make the announcement on Thursday, citing three unnamed sources familiar with the lawmaker's plans.

But, Chaffetz said no one particular investigation is enough to keep him in office, though he did say there were several investigations he wishes he could have finished.

Who is likely to takeover that post and what will that do to the investigation?

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.

The former kicker for the Mormon-owned Brigham Young University football team was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008.

Chaffetz became a campaign manager and chief of staff to former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr. but they had a falling out in 2012 when Chaffetz endorsed Mitt Romney for president over Huntsman.

"I think I'll actually miss the chaos; I kind of thrive in that", he said.