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Sources say Rep. Chaffetz will announce today that he is stepping down early

Sources say that Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz will announce that he is stepping down from Congress as early as June. (Getty Images)

UPDATE: Chaffetz has announced in a letter to his constituents on his congressional website that he is resigning from his seat effective June 30, according to KSL-TV.

From his site:

Serving you in the U.S. House of Representatives for nearly nine years has been a rare honor and privilege. When I first ran for Congress in 2008 I promised I would get in, serve, and get out. I told voters I did not believe Congress should be a lifetime career. I knew from day one that my service there would not last forever.

As you know, after careful consideration and long discussion with my wife, Julie, we agree the time has come for us to move on from this part of our life. This week I sent a letter to Governor Herbert indicating my intention to resign from Congress effective June 30, 2017.

According to the Daily Caller, three sources report Thursday that Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) was expected to announce that he will step down from his seat, prematurely ending his term after eight years as a Utah representative, and chairman of the House Oversight Committee before his congressional term is up.

Chaffetz, 50, announced in April that he would not be seeking re-election in 2018, and told KSL News radio host Doug Wright in a text message later that day that there was a possibility that he would be stepping down from his post early.

“Thanks for having me on yesterday, I appreciate it. I will continue to weigh the options, but I might depart early. The state needs to figure out how this works,” read Chaffetz's text.

Politico reports that Chaffetz intends to leave Congress on June 30. Politico says that Chaffetz' office declined to comment on the situation.

According to the Washingtonian, Chaffetz may be heading for the private sector. The Washingtonian reports that Chaffetz said he will have a "substantial role" as on-air talent at the Fox News Channel starting as early as July.

Chaffetz appears to be committed to finishing congressional business before he departs from his seat. The Utah congressman demanded in a letter to the FBI on Tuesday that all communications between former Director of the FBI James Comey and President Donald Trump after The New York Times claimed that Trump pressured Comey to discontinue the investigation of former national security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn.

Flynn resigned from his post after he had been accused of not being forthcoming about his meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak to Vice President Mike Pence and White House officials.

On Twitter, Chaffetz said of the Comey memo implicating Trump of urging Comey to discontinue the investigation on Flynn that he needs “to see it sooner rather than later,” adding "I have my subpoena pen ready."

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