Jason is a fairly frustrating figure. He seems significantly sharper than your average representative, but at the same time he falls notably short of someone like Mike Lee. The frustration is probably more notable since he is such a prominent representative, being chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, an office which he seems to execute well.
In April 2017, Jason Chaffetz announced that he would not be running for re-election as a U.S. Representative for Utah in the upcoming 2018 election.
Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
As chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Jason Chaffetz has been leading the congressional investigation into Hillary Clinton's negligent handling of classified information.
Reporters have discovered that the PAC for Virginia Governor, Terry McAuliffe donated big money to the Dr. Jill McCabe's failed 2015 bid for the Senate. Her husband, Andrew McCabe, happened to have been promoted shortly thereafter to deputy director of the FBI, and had an oversight role in the investigation of Hillary Clinton's alleged gross negligence. Jason Chaffetz, issued a letter to Terry McAuliffe asking him to explain at what point he became aware of his promotion opportunity, and to explain other fact relating to the timing of the promotion, and measure taken to address the potential conflict of interests. He further issued a letter asking him to explain why he has not recused himself from invovement in the investigation.
As Donald Trump was about to be handed the nomination as the Republican Party candidate for President of the United States, Jason Chaffetz skipped the GOP convention, but managed to avoid the spectacle that followed so many of his colleagues. Jason Chaffetz planned to be in Israel to learn more about fighting terorism. Nevertheless, Jason Chaffetz eventually gave his endorsement.
In October 2016, after a recording of Trump making demeaning comments about women and describing an attempt to seduce a married women, he was publicly denounced by several Republicans. The report led Jason Chaffetz to withdraw his endorsement. Though he later on declared that he would be voting for Trump despite his unwillingness to endorse the presidential candidate and insisted tat his pronounced intention to vote for Trump was meaningfully different from an endorsement.
- "Chaffetz announces he will not seek re-election", Fox News, 19 Apr 2017
- "Clinton ally reportedly helped fund campaign of key FBI official’s wife", Fox News, 24 Oct 2016
- Francesca Chambers, "FBI deputy director whose wife took Clinton friend's cash is asked why he is still involved in email probe as Congress turn heat up on Clinton", Daily Mail, 2 Nov 2016
- Brett T., "Is Mia Love really snubbing Donald Trump by skipping the GOP convention?", Twitchy, 25 Jun 2016
- Igor Bobic, "Reince Priebus, Other Republicans Denounce Trump’s ‘Indefensible’ Comments About Women", The Huffington Post, 7 Oct 2016
- Matt Canham, Thomas Burr, "Utah Gov. Herbert and Rep. Chaffetz pull Trump endorsements, Huntsman says Trump should drop out after explicit video leaks", Salt Lake Tribune, 2016
- Daniella Diaz, "Jason Chaffetz appears to flip-flop on Trump", KSL, 26 oct 2016
- Andrew Adams, "Chaffetz: Trump vote does not equal endorsement", KSL, 3 Nov 2016