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FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2017, file photo, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah speaks during a town hall meeting at Brighton High School in Cottonwood Heights, Utah. Chaffetz, a Republican who chairs the House Oversight Committee, says he won't for re-election or any other office in 2018. Chaffetz, who has been rumored as a possible candidate for Senate or governor, says that after consulting with his family and "prayerful consideration, I have decided I will not be a candidate for any office in 2018." (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Jason Chaffetz might leave Congress for a role at Fox News


Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, announced in April that he would not be seeking re-election. And now it seems like we might know why. 

According to Washingtonian Magazine, Chaffetz has been telling GOP lawmakers and aides that he's set to take on a "substantial role" as an on-air talent at Fox News as early as July. 

Chaffetz's announcement about re-election came the same day as Fox News announced it would be severing ties with Bill O'Reilly.

It is unclear the exact nature of Chaffetz's rumored role and it is unconfirmed if a deal has been finalized. 

Chaffetz was a regular face on the channel during the 2016 election, regularly speaking about President Obama and Hillary Clinton. 

“Let’s just say that when Jason told us he was headed to Fox, no one was surprised,” said one senior House Republican aide.

Many on social media aren't surprised by Chaffetz's potential move. 

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