Jason Chaffetz has announced today that he will be leaving office on June 30th. Chaffetz (R-UT) is a House Rep. and the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee. He announced earlier today that he was going to leave Washington, DC and resign from his position as House Representative. Chaffetz has come under heat lately after he was a vocal critic of President Trump. He has stated in an interview that he intends to run for Senate if Senator Orrin Hatch decides to retire.
Who will replace Chaffetz as House Oversight Chair?
There will need to be a new ranking member assigned as chair. There are many candidates for the position including everyone’s favorite House Rep. from South Carolina, Trey Gowdy. Speculation aside, it is the Speaker of the House who selects the chair of any committee. It could be anyone from one of the seven Freedom Caucus members on the committee to one of the many Democrats who also preside on the committee. Chances are it will be someone who is an ardent supporter of the Constitution and who will get to the bottom of the “Trump-Russia” connection, if there is one.
Whoever replaces Chaffetz will be under scrutiny for as long as the investigation continues, especially if they are an ardent supporter of President Trump.