>> In perspective that 1,500->> Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz is stepping down just as the oversight committee he heads is diving into the question surrounding President Trump and Russia. Chaffetz announcing Thursday, he will resign his seat effective June 30th just weeks after revealing he would not run again for his Salt Lake City congressional seat.
The move coming a day after the naming of a special prosecutor for the investigation of Trump's ties to Russia. After months of pressure on Chaffetz, critics contrasting his committee's unhurried pace with his enthusiasm for looking into Hillary Clinton's email during the 2016 race. Leaving Congress so soon after an election is unusual, even more so for the Chairman of a plum committee in the midst of a major probe.
In recent weeks, Chaffetz had been moving faster, calling former FBI director James Comey to testify on whether President Trump asked him to drop the probe into former national security adviser Micheal Flynn and demanding the memo Comey said he wrote after the Oval Office encounter. At a new conference Thursday house speaker Paul Ryan appearing blind sided when asked about Chaffetz's announcement.
>> I've not spoken to Jason about that.>> Chaffetz reported the accepting an offer from Fox News and has not ruled out a run for governor of Utah.