Apr 20, 2017

Chaffetz says he might leave early

Cliff Owen / AP

House Oversight chairman Jason Chaffetz, who had already announced he wouldn't be running for re-election, told Politico's Jake Sherman that he might leave office before the end of his term.

"It's not tomorrow, it's not next week. If it is, it's going to be in the months to come."

He said it was "not in any way shape or form" due to a yet-to-emerge scandal:

"I am who I am. If they had something really scandalous, it would've come out a long, long time ago."

The context: Chaffetz might run for governor of Utah in 2020, and his team appears to have already bought the URL for a 2028 presidential run, but there's no getting around the fact that these would be unusual circumstances under which to leave office.

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