Then we started to see some glimmers of the old Jason, the House Oversight Committee chair who seemed so comfortable bringing the heat to Obama administration officials.
On Tuesday, shortly after the existence of memos by Mr. Comey was reported, Mr. Chaffetz sent a letter to Andrew McCabe, the acting director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, asking for all documents relating to communication between Mr. Trump and Mr. Comey. Check out this story on USATODAY.com: https://usat.ly/2qxXaY4 Rep. Jason Chaffetz has already said he won't run for re-election, but now he might be leaving office more than a year before his term is over.
At first, the leading theory was that Chaffetz wanted to run for the Utah governor's seat in 2020. A Ryan spokeswoman said he supported Chaffetz's decision.
Chaffetz's exit will accelerate internal jockeying among House Republicans to succeed him as the chairman of the high-profile Oversight Committee.
Later that same day, Thursday, Chaffetz' office released a statement that the congressman would leave his cot and office in Washington at the end of June. Do you think that pressure had anything to do with Chaffetz' timing?
"Chaffetz' move to Fox News will benefit him financially, and it will also expose him to more Republicans", said BYU political science professor Richard Davis in an email.
The Utah Congressman announced his plans on Thursday, saying that he would stay on duty until the end of June.
When President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, many expected - or hoped - that former prosecutor Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) might be selected to take his place.
The House Oversight Committee he heads is one of several congressional panels looking into aspects of Russia's alleged attempts to influence the US presidential election.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of one of the key congressional committees investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, said Thursday he will resign from Congress effective June 30. "Without Chaffetz having to weigh how every utterance, every hearing, every subpoena would impact his immediate political future, there is reason to believe that any investigation he is in charge of might truly go wherever the evidence leads".
"I loved being in the driver's seat, but. there are lots of good people who care about these issues and are well-suited to carry out these investigations", he said.
The former kicker for the Mormon-owned Brigham Young University football team was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008.
None of the Republicans running for office should expect an endorsement from Chaffetz until a nominee has been selected, he said.
Chaffetz became a campaign manager and chief of staff to former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr. but they had a falling out in 2012 when Chaffetz endorsed Mitt Romney for president over Huntsman.