Jason Chaffetz Leaving Congress June 30th

House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz at a press conference in Washington on April 25

House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz at a press conference in Washington on April 25

During a town hall meeting in February, Chaffetz was greeted by chants of "Do your job!" from audience members outraged at his lack of attention on Trump-related scandals.

That's not a good sign, as the House Oversight Committee is expected to take the lead on the House side into investigating whether Trump pressured FBI Director James Comey to drop an investigation of his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

The statement does not mention the investigation he's overseeing as the U.S. House Oversight Committee's chair into President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey.

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.

But Trump complicated Chaffetz's life.

Liberals said that he did not go after the incoming administration with almost the vigor used against the prior Democratic administration.

The 50-year-old Republican announced last month he would not seek a sixth term in 2018, surprising many in Congress and even his inner circle.

Chaffetz's departure opens up one of the most powerful and closely scrutinized posts on Capitol Hill - the House majority's chief inquisitor - amid serious questions about wrongdoing at the highest levels of the Trump administration.

Gowdy ran the House Select Committee on the investigation into the State Department's handling of the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi.

A packed field of Utah Republicans is shaping up to replace Rep.

Chaffetz, a Republican, said in a letter sent to media and constituents that his last day will be June 30.

"Serving you in the U.S. House of Representatives for almost nine years has been a rare honor and privilege", he said in the statement.

It was written by House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper; Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy; House Minority Leader Brian King, D-Salt Lake City; and Senate Minority Leader Gene Davis, D-Salt Lake City. Chairman Chaffetz will serve until June 30.

Utah Sen. Margaret Dayton, R-Orem took to Facebook Thursday evening to announce that she would be running for the Third Congressional District seat. "We feel my time in congress has been well spent, but it now seems the right time to turn the page". "And I got a series of 'Let us know when you're serious.' Well now I can say, 'Can you tell I am serious?'... I just haven't seen it". "And a lot of people will never ever believe that, but that is the truth".