WASHINGTON, April 19, 2017—Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz announced Wednesday that he would not run for reelection in 2018. The Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee made the announcement in a Facebook post.
The news comes days after reports that Chaffetz’s Democratic challenger, Dr. Kathryn Allen has raised over three times more money than Chaffetz has for the 2018 congressional election.
“Since late 2003 I have been fully engaged with politics as a campaign manager, a chief of staff, a candidate and as a Member of Congress,” writes Chaffetz. “I have long advocated public service should be for a limited time and not a lifetime or full career.”
Chaffetz was a central figure in multiple House investigations of Hillary Clinton’s private email server, promised that he had years’ worth of investigation into Clinton if she won the presidency, and continued to investigate Clinton after Trump’s election.
On the other hand, Chaffetz refused to investigate Trump’s unsubstantiated voter fraud claims or Trump and his family’s numerous conflicts of interest. He also refused to investigate the circumstances that led to former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s firing.
“For those that would speculate otherwise, let me be clear that I have no ulterior motives. I am healthy,” continues Chaffetz on Facebook. “I am confident I would continue to be re-elected by large margins.”
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