Chaffetz says he won’t run for re-election in 2018

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), the powerful chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, announced Wednesday that he would not run for re-election in 2018. Chaffetz said he did not plan to run for any office that year, although some political analysts predict he will run for governor in 2020. Chaffetz spearheaded numerous investigations during the Obama administration, including an investigation into the Benghazi attack that delved into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state. Critics have accused him of failing to look into questions of impropriety involving members of the Trump administration. “I am healthy. I am confident I would continue to be re-elected by large margins,” Chaffetz said, adding that he was simply making “a personal decision to return to the private sector.”

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