Jason Chaffetz announced on Thursday he will resign from Congress next month, saying a “mid-life crisis” compelled him to step away from his chairmanship of the House Oversight Committee as it is poised to launch an investigation into president Donald Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey.
The announcement by Mr Chaffetz, 50, was the latest upending of the Republican-controlled congressional investigations into Trump.
Mr Chaffetz’s announcement came a day after he tweeted that he had invited the ex-FBI director to testify next week at a hearing of the oversight committee he leads.
It gave no indication of what his future plans may be.
As chair of the oversight committee, Chaffetz has played an active role in the Congressional investigation of President Donald Trump’s potential links to Russia. Chaffetz on Tuesday requested the FBI turn over to Congress and records of communications between fired FBI Director James Comey and the president.
South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, who headed the House investigation into the Benghazi terrorist attacks, is currently gauging members opinions about “the qualities” the next oversight chair should possess, a spokesperson said.