Jason Chaffetz will resign from Congress in June

U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah has announced he will resign from Congress on June 30, raising questions about the probe of President Trump's ties to Russian Federation.

In an interview with Politico published April 20, he said that his new job search had already begun.

Chaffetz requested those memos and other records from the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday.

One possible replacement for Chaffetz on the Oversight Committee is Rep. Trey Gowdy, the former SC prosecutor who chaired the special Benghazi investigative committee and a close Chaffetz friend.

The letter also doesn't mention Chaffetz's future plans, including a possible run for Utah governor.

The committee has been looking into whether President Donald Trump may have asked former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey to back off the investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn shortly after Mr. Flynn had resigned.

Chaffetz requested those memos and other records from the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday.

Chaffetz told CBS News this week that he wants to conduct the Comey hearing "as publicly as we possibly can".

IIt was not immediately clear who will succeed him at the helm of the congressional oversight panel.

Legislative leaders say they have the power to set election laws and argue Herbert should call them into an emergency session to spell out the special election process.

Herbert said he believes a primary and general election could be conducted fairly quickly, leaving Chaffetz's seat empty for two to four months.

"I think this means Utah has lost a very visible member of Congress for better or worse", said Chris Karpowitz, co-director of BYU's Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy, adding some criticized Chaffetz for being too quick to go before cameras.

Gowdy did not respond to questions about his interest in the gavel on Thursday as he entered the House floor for votes. "There have been so many lies and so many contradictions, so I'm hoping that the chairman will issue subpoenas". A spokesman, Darin Miller, said Jordan had not decided whether to seek it again.

In a Republican-led Congress, though, it doesn't seem likely that whoever replaces Chaffetz as oversight chair will be less interested in meddling in D.C. Reports indicate that South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy, who headed up the Benghazi investigation, will likely take over the committee. But until his decisive moves this week, critics suggested that he had been less interested in probing potential wrongdoing inside the Trump administration.

U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz speaks with reporters at his home Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Alpine, Utah.

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