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Jason Chaffetz on July 7, 2016 on Capitol Hill.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Republican who chairs the House Oversight Committee, announced Wednesday morning he won't be running for re-election or for any other office in 2018.

Some offered support for Chaffetz on his Facebook page.

"I will continue to weigh the options, but I might depart early", Wright said Chaffetz texted him.

After Chaffetz made his announcement, a source close to McMullin told Independent Journal Review that McMullin is "considering running in 2018" but still hasn't made a decision on how he will proceed.

As oversight chairman, Chaffetz led investigations into the Secret Service and Planned Parenthood in recent years. After serving five terms he doesn't want to sacrifice more of his time with them.

History tells us that Chaffetz is probably correct, though. But Chaffetz said the idea that Trump may be profiting from his office is "ridiculous".

Chaffetz has refused to initiate probes into potential financial conflicts of interest in the Trump White House, as well as into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's cozy ties to Russian Federation.

"By announcing now, I hope to give prospective candidates time to lay the groundwork for a successful run", he wrote. "But it's not required by law".

On 19 April 2017, PalmerReport.com posted a story reporting the claim that the Federal Bureau of Investigations has information that the Kremlin has "kompromat", or compromising information, that could be used for blackmail, on Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz.

Flynn has since left his high-level White House job.

"That is absolutely wrong, wrong, wrong".

Chaffetz's decision was first reported by BuzzFeed. Utah's 3rd CD has a Cook index of R+25, and has been represented by Republicans for the last 20 years. Deidre Henderson, a former Chaffetz campaign manager.

Republicans to watch as potential replacements for Chaffetz include: Speaker of the House, Greg Hughes, State Senator Deidre Henderson, Provo Mayor John Curtis and National Committeeman Thomas Wright.

Chaffetz had previously served as chief of staff to former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman. The Utah lawmaker earned a bachelor's degree in communications from Brigham Young University and played football at the school.

Chaffetz has been viewed by Democrats as especially partisan.

"After long consultation with my family and prayerful consideration, I have decided I will not be a candidate for any office in 2018", Chaffetz wrote on Facebook. In his statement Wednesday, he hinted at another run, but said for now he's going into the private sector.


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