Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the head of one of the committees investigating President Donald Trump and his alleged ties to the Russians, announced on Thursday that he would be resigning from Congress by June 30.
The Utah Republican, who serves as chief of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, was offered a job at Fox News.
“When I first ran for Congress in 2008 I promised I would get in, serve, and get out. I told voters I did not believe Congress should be a lifetime career. I knew from day one that my service there would not last forever.”
“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,” the letter said.
“My life has undergone some big changes over the last 18 months. Those changes have been good. But as I celebrated my 50th birthday in March, the reality of spending more than 1,500 nights away from my family over eight years hit me harder than it had before.”
Chaffetz first revealed that he wouldn’t run for re-election in April and around that time it was hinted at that he would join Fox News.
“Let’s just say that when Jason told us he was headed to Fox, no one was surprised,” one senior GOP aide said.
“He’s probably one of the most media-capable members in the House,” another added, “just based on total time spent on a television camera.”
What do you think about this? Is Chaffetz a coward for bailing on the Republican Party, or will his talents be put to better use in front of a camera?
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