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Rep. Jason Chaffetz Won’t Run For Reelection

Rep. Jason Chaffetz , chairman of the House Oversight Committee, will not seek reelection in 2018, he announced Wednesday morning.

“After long consultation with my family and prayerful consideration, I have decided I will not be a candidate for any office in 2018,” the Utah Republican said in a Facebook post.

“For those that would speculate otherwise, let me be clear that I have no ulterior motives. I am healthy. I am confident I would continue to be re-elected by large margins. I have the full support of Speaker Ryan to continue as Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. That said, I have made a personal decision to return to the private sector,” Chaffetz said.

As head of the House Oversight Committee, Chaffetz played a key role in investigating Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as Secretary of State during the 2016 presidential campaign.

But he has resisted probing President Trump over the potential for him to profit from the presidency, saying that Trump is “already rich.”

Chaffetz is in his second term serving as House Oversight Committee chairman, a position he has held since 2015.

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