House Oversight Chairman Chaffetz Says He Won't Seek Re-Election

Toby Manning
April 21, 2017

Jason Chaffetz was one of the primary fixtures during the congressional investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email address and home server hearings.

Two Democratic National Committee staffers took to Twitter Wednesday to push an unsubstantiated conspiracy theory after Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) announced he will not seek re-election in 2018.

"Let me be clear I have no ulterior motives", Chaffetz wrote on Facebook. Curtis said Wednesday that he hasn't made any decisions but Chaffetz's announcement has "given me pause for thought about my future".

Should Chaffetz have sought to keep the chairmanship, he could have done so for six years, as he told Coppins in a recent interview.

Meanwhile Chaffetz's campaign committee recently purchased Jason2028.com and JasonChaffetz2028.com.

In a message on his Facebook page, Chaffetz thanked supporters and announced he will "not be a candidate for any office in 2018".

Additionally, Chaffetz said, "The president is exempt from the conflict of interest laws. But it's not required by law". Chaffetz called Kellyanne Conway's actions "wrong, wrong, wrong" and joined Cummings in asking the Office of Government Ethics to review the matter. Still, we of course don't know the real reasons for his decision - and though it's too early to say if this is a trend, it could be a harbinger of Republican worry about running for reelection in the era of Trump. Since his flip-flop on Trump, Chaffetz has been booed and heckled at town hall meetings. And he and other Republicans asked the Justice Department to investigate whether Clinton lied to Congress during her 2015 testimony to House Benghazi panel.

Flynn has since left his high-level White House job.

"That is absolutely wrong, wrong, wrong".

Buzzfeed first reported the news.

Representative Chaffetz said he chose to announce his intention not to run for re-election now to allow fellow Republicans the time necessary to develop the essential groundwork and campaign apparatus necessary to win the race.

Yes, but more than 80% of her larger donations came from outside of Utah, too. Chaffetz proudly refused to use campaign funds to feed state delegates, as is traditional in the process of currying favor.

"I think there probably is a little bit of uncertainty as far as what the process is, because we've never done it before", said Governor Gary Herbert, (R) Utah. The Utah lawmaker earned a bachelor's degree in communications from Brigham Young University and played football at the school. Instead, the five-term congressman said he wants to spend time with his family, return to the private sector and potentially run for Utah governor. But Chaffetz could also be taking a hiatus from the political scene before a gubernatorial run in 2020, something he reportedly expressed interest in a year ago.

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