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SANDY, Utah (AP) – As Utah Republicans met for their annual state convention Saturday, delegates broke from routine debates about party platforms to give Rep. Jason Chaffetz a warm send-off.

Some said they were disappointed about his abrupt announcement this week that he’s stepping down from Congress, leaving his key role investigating the White House.

Chaffetz announced Thursday that he was resigning June 30, just as his committee was poised to investigate President Donald Trump’s firing of the FBI director.

U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz waves to the Utah GOP Convention while his wife Julie looks on Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Sandy, Utah. Chaffetz said this week that he's stepping aside from Congress next month during the prime of his career and just as his committee was poised to investigate President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz waves to the Utah GOP Convention while his wife Julie looks on Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Sandy, Utah. Chaffetz said this week that he's stepping aside from Congress next month during the prime of his career and just as his committee was poised to investigate President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz waves to the Utah GOP Convention while his wife Julie looks on Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Sandy, Utah. Chaffetz said this week that he’s stepping aside from Congress next month during the prime of his career and just as his committee was poised to investigate President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Delegates attending the Utah GOP’s annual convention Saturday in Sandy, Utah, said they were disappointed that he would decide to leave months after re-election.

Chaffetz appeared briefly at the event Saturday, giving an emotional goodbye speech after party leaders played a video tribute that included clips of the congressman giving interviews and issuing subpoenas.

U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz addresses the Utah GOP Convention Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Sandy, Utah. Chaffetz said this week that he's stepping aside from Congress next month during the prime of his career and just as his committee was poised to investigate President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz addresses the Utah GOP Convention Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Sandy, Utah. Chaffetz said this week that he's stepping aside from Congress next month during the prime of his career and just as his committee was poised to investigate President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz addresses the Utah GOP Convention Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Sandy, Utah. Chaffetz said this week that he’s stepping aside from Congress next month during the prime of his career and just as his committee was poised to investigate President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz receives a hug from his wife Julie after addressing the Utah GOP Convention Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Sandy, Utah. Chaffetz said this week that he's stepping aside from Congress next month during the prime of his career and just as his committee was poised to investigate President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz receives a hug from his wife Julie after addressing the Utah GOP Convention Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Sandy, Utah. Chaffetz said this week that he's stepping aside from Congress next month during the prime of his career and just as his committee was poised to investigate President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz receives a hug from his wife Julie after addressing the Utah GOP Convention Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Sandy, Utah. Chaffetz said this week that he’s stepping aside from Congress next month during the prime of his career and just as his committee was poised to investigate President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz speaks while his wife Julie looks on during the Utah GOP Convention Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Sandy, Utah. Chaffetz said this week that he's stepping aside from Congress next month during the prime of his career and just as his committee was poised to investigate President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz speaks while his wife Julie looks on during the Utah GOP Convention Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Sandy, Utah. Chaffetz said this week that he's stepping aside from Congress next month during the prime of his career and just as his committee was poised to investigate President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz speaks while his wife Julie looks on during the Utah GOP Convention Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Sandy, Utah. Chaffetz said this week that he’s stepping aside from Congress next month during the prime of his career and just as his committee was poised to investigate President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz staffers give away about 5,000 Chaffetz t-shirts, buttons, fleece vests and other gear left over from past campaigns from their booth during the Utah GOP Convention Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Sandy, Utah. As Utah Republicans met for their annual state convention Saturday, delegates in routine debates over platform planks and party officers raised questions about Chaffetz's abrupt announcement that he was stepping down from Congress, walking away from his key role investigating the White House as chairman of the House oversight committee. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz staffers give away about 5,000 Chaffetz t-shirts, buttons, fleece vests and other gear left over from past campaigns from their booth during the Utah GOP Convention Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Sandy, Utah. As Utah Republicans met for their annual state convention Saturday, delegates in routine debates over platform planks and party officers raised questions about Chaffetz's abrupt announcement that he was stepping down from Congress, walking away from his key role investigating the White House as chairman of the House oversight committee. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz staffers give away about 5,000 Chaffetz t-shirts, buttons, fleece vests and other gear left over from past campaigns from their booth during the Utah GOP Convention Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Sandy, Utah. As Utah Republicans met for their annual state convention Saturday, delegates in routine debates over platform planks and party officers raised questions about Chaffetz’s abrupt announcement that he was stepping down from Congress, walking away from his key role investigating the White House as chairman of the House oversight committee. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Sen. Deidre Henderson, R-Spanish Fork, speaks during the Utah GOP Convention Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Sandy, Utah. A packed field of Utah Republicans started shaping up Friday, May 19 to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz while the governor and legislators tussled over whether the state needs to pass emergency laws to hold a special election. Former Chaffetz campaign manager Henderson, along with State Sen. Margaret Dayton and Rep. Brad Daw, are among the Republican candidates who have announced that they would be running. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Sen. Deidre Henderson, R-Spanish Fork, speaks during the Utah GOP Convention Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Sandy, Utah. A packed field of Utah Republicans started shaping up Friday, May 19 to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz while the governor and legislators tussled over whether the state needs to pass emergency laws to hold a special election. Former Chaffetz campaign manager Henderson, along with State Sen. Margaret Dayton and Rep. Brad Daw, are among the Republican candidates who have announced that they would be running. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Sen. Deidre Henderson, R-Spanish Fork, speaks during the Utah GOP Convention Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Sandy, Utah. A packed field of Utah Republicans started shaping up Friday, May 19 to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz while the governor and legislators tussled over whether the state needs to pass emergency laws to hold a special election. Former Chaffetz campaign manager Henderson, along with State Sen. Margaret Dayton and Rep. Brad Daw, are among the Republican candidates who have announced that they would be running. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Sen. Deidre Henderson, R-Spanish Fork, speaks during the Utah GOP Convention Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Sandy, Utah. A packed field of Utah Republicans started shaping up Friday, May 19, 2017, to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz while the governor and legislators tussled over whether the state needs to pass emergency laws to hold a special election. Former Chaffetz campaign manager Henderson, along with State Sen. Margaret Dayton and Rep. Brad Daw, are among the Republican candidates who have announced that they would be running. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Sen. Deidre Henderson, R-Spanish Fork, speaks during the Utah GOP Convention Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Sandy, Utah. A packed field of Utah Republicans started shaping up Friday, May 19, 2017, to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz while the governor and legislators tussled over whether the state needs to pass emergency laws to hold a special election. Former Chaffetz campaign manager Henderson, along with State Sen. Margaret Dayton and Rep. Brad Daw, are among the Republican candidates who have announced that they would be running. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Sen. Deidre Henderson, R-Spanish Fork, speaks during the Utah GOP Convention Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Sandy, Utah. A packed field of Utah Republicans started shaping up Friday, May 19, 2017, to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz while the governor and legislators tussled over whether the state needs to pass emergency laws to hold a special election. Former Chaffetz campaign manager Henderson, along with State Sen. Margaret Dayton and Rep. Brad Daw, are among the Republican candidates who have announced that they would be running. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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