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Jason Chaffetz suggests Trump's Washington is no home for ambitious politicians

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the key House Oversight Committee, will not seek re-election next year.

"I have long advocated public service should be for a limited time and not a lifetime or full career", he wrote.

"When I contemplate another 200 nights away from home, it is just too much", Chaffetz told FOX 13 news anchor Bob Evans.

The Utah Republican announced Wednesday on Facebook that he will not run any office in 2018 and "return to the private sector". But Chaffetz could also be taking a hiatus from the political scene before a gubernatorial run in 2020, something he reportedly expressed interest in past year.

In Congress, Chaffetz was known as a hard-charging oversight chairman, taking on an investigation into Planned Parenthood and Former Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State.

The national attention around that flub helped Kathryn Allen, a Democrat who announced a challenge to Chaffetz, raise hundreds of thousands of dollars online for her long-shot bid. Chaffetz cited his family as his reason for not seeking re-election and clarified he had no ulterior motives for leaving office.

Now the Washington rumor mill is swirling with speculation that the Utah Republican could step down from Congress as soon as Friday.

In a statement on Facebook, Chaffetz said that the decision was a personal one and was not made out of political concerns.

Yes, but more than 80% of her larger donations came from outside of Utah, too.

The Utah Republican has "authority to investigate these things and compel responses, so hopefully we'll see some action from him", Shaub said. Initially opposed to President Donald Trump's candidacy, Chaffetz ultimately supported the president.

Observers were quick to point out Chaffetz has before expressed an interest in being Utah's governor and could seek the role in 2020.

Chaffetz's decision was first reported by BuzzFeed. In 2015, he won the coveted chairmanship of the House Oversight Committee.

In March, Chaffetz again caught flack when he made a comment in regard to President Trump's proposed American Health Care Act, saying provisions in the bill could lead Americans to put aside money for their health care instead of "getting that new iPhone".


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