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Ahead Of Possible Comey Hearing, Chaffetz Leaving Congress Early

The chairman of the House Oversight Committee previously said he would not seek re-election.

US POLITICS
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz. — REUTERS
May 18, 2017 at 1:11 PM ET

Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah will reportedly announce that he will step down before the completion of his congressional term.

According to Politico, multiple sources say Chaffetz, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, will resign on June 30. In April, Chaffetz announced that he would not seek re-election in 2018.

Chaffetz’s reported early departure comes after he took to Twitter on Wednesday to announce that the House Oversight Committee “officially scheduled” a hearing with former FBI Director James Comey — though he hasn’t heard back yet.

In an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Thursday, Chaffetz questioned the existence of Comey’s memos involving President Donald Trump.

“I think in the light of day in a public setting he should be able to tell us about the materials, if they’re there, and I question whether or not they’re actually there,” Chaffetz said.

Politico also reported that Chaffetz has informed his colleagues that he will likely join Fox News after leaving Congress.