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Rep. Chaffetz confirms intent to leave office early in letter to constituents

Rep. Chaffetz. (File Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah's 3rd Congressional District confirmed his intent to leave office early in a letter to his constituents Thursday.

In the letter, Chaffetz announced officially that he would resign from Congress on June 30, 2017. He plans to speak to reporters from his home in Alpine, Utah, at 3:30 p.m. MDT on Thursday.

The letter read, in part:

As you know, after careful consideration and long discussion with my wife, Julie, we agree the time has come for us to move on from this part of our life. This week I sent a letter to Governor Herbert indicating my intention to resign from Congress effective June 30, 2017.

He called serving in the United States House of Representatives "a rare honor and a privilege."

This is Chaffetz' ninth year in office.

Earlier Thursday, political news organization Politico cited "multiple sources" who said Chaffetz was preparing to announce an early exit.

Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes told 2News media-sharing partner The Salt Lake Tribune Wednesday that Chaffetz will step down at the end of June.

The 50-year-old congressman and chairman of the House Oversight Committee announced April 19 he would not seek reelection for 2018.

"After more than 1,500 nights away from my home, it is time," Chaffetz wrote in a Facebook post announcing the decision. "I may run again for public office, but not in 2018."

Utah's next gubernatorial race will be held in 2020.

On April 20, Chaffetz told 2News he hadn't "ruled out the possibility of leaving early."

His statement, in full, read as follows:

My future plans are not yet finalized, but I haven’t ruled out the possibility of leaving early. In the meantime, I still have a job to do, and I have no plans to take my foot off the gas.

As chairman for the Oversight Committee, Chaffetz recently subpoenaed all memos from former FBI Director James Comey that detail meetings with President Donald Trump.

Chaffetz told The Associated Press he subpoenaed the memos because there may be one proving Trump asked him to shut down a federal investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.


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