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Published: Mon, May 22, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Chaffetz resigning from Congress as of June 30

Chaffetz resigning from Congress as of June 30

In response to a claim that President Donald Trump told two Russian officials former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey was putting pressure on him, a leading House Democrat wants to see records of the conversation.

Comey was sacked last week as the FBI investigates whether Trump's presidential campaign associates had colluded with Russian Federation to influence the election in his behalf. Chaffetz chairs the committee looking into the Trump's campaign's role in Russia's efforts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election. He later re-endorsed Trump shortly before the FBI announced it was reviving its investigation into Clinton's emails.

But once Donald Trump took office, he became somewhat more muted.

After Trump won, liberals hammered him for not going after Trump's administration with almost the vigor used against Democrats.

Chaffetz, 50, announced in April that he would not be seeking re-election in 2018, and told KSL News radio host Doug Wright in a text message later that day that there was a possibility that he would be stepping down from his post early. But he did not provide a date for his departure until Thursday.

With several investigations still ongoing, Chaffetz said he was not anxious about other Republican members of the committee continuing his work.

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

The Utah Republican had said he meant to leave sometime during this term, but the abrupt departure is yet another step in the on-again, off-again dance between GOP-led congressional oversight committees and the Republican president. As Politico reported Friday, senior Republican lawmakers are agitating for Chaffetz to hand over the chairmanship of the powerful House Oversight Committee (and his beloved "subpoena pen") to another G.O.P. colleague as soon as possible.

A packed field of Utah Republicans is shaping up to replace Rep.

He made the comments from his home in Utah after announcing he'll resign from Congress and leave by June 30.

Chaffetz said Thursday in Utah that he hopes to find out from the U.S. Department of Justice within the next few weeks if they exist and if they'll share them with the House Oversight Committee he chairs.

"I have got some concerns about it, but then I don't know all the details", Herbert said. "But when you like what you do and you enjoy your job, but you love your family, at some point you have to make a choice, and I just choose my family much more than I do my life in Congress".

"A lot of people will never believe that", he said.

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