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  • zwrz Springville, UT
    May 18, 2017 4:09 p.m.

    @mcclark:
    "Seven... Republican led congressional investigations of Benghazi found NO WRONG DOING BY CLINTON."

    The issue is not 'wrong doing.' The issue is 'doing nothing.'

    "Trump has admitted to giving the Russians classified information."

    Then why do we need special investigator Mueller?

    "Putin hates Clinton..."

    Alotta people do.

    "...because she sees him for what he is, a murdering thug."

    You mean like a former president who needlessly sent Americans to fight in a foreign country, 4,400 of whom died there?

    "Why would he worry about how she handles classified material?"

    The American voter worried. That's why she lost the election.

    @GaryO:
    "Yes, it's what they (Russians) do (lie).

    You mean like... 'you can keep your health insurance... you can keep your doctor...'

    "And a remarkably large number of Americans are actually undiscerning enough to believe those lies."

    And we call em 'Democrats,' right?

    @Esquire:
    "May I suggest checking out Esquire magazine..."

    And you believe what's printed in a girlish mag?

    "Then there's the bank connections..."

    That's all pre-election.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    May 18, 2017 3:33 p.m.

    @Riverton Cougar
    I really hope you were trying to be ironic. Either that our you missed Trumps latest twitter melt down last night and the shrill cries of foul play coming from fox and bretbart.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    May 18, 2017 1:41 p.m.

    @ wrz, this is about more than Russia hacking Hillary Clinton's or the DNC's e-mail account. It is much more involved. Perhaps a little research on your part would help. May I suggest checking out Esquire magazine, who ran a pre-election story (October, 2016) about Putin's ties to Trump. Then there's the bank connections, that was reported and then mostly ignored. No, this isn't about e-mails. It's much more. And so far, Putin has been getting his way. If he wanted to be disruptive to the U.S., this is a great way to do it short of Trump giving free access to everything to the Russians. If Trump and the Russians went too far at once, other U.S. institutions would intervene. But this way, Russia can disrupt incrementally. Now is the time to bring it to an end.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    May 18, 2017 1:42 p.m.

    "Democrats are Democrats, not Republicans.

    Don't expect big displays of emotion and shrillness from us. We tend to operate on facts, and do what needs to be done. We respect quiet competence, not bombastic nonsense."

    I'm pretty sure it wasn't the Republicans rioting in the streets, smashing windows, disrupting traffic, participating in violent demonstrations shortly after the election.

    So much for operating on facts.

    Democrats have shown their true colors. It's just ironic that now all of a sudden they care about investigating potential scandals and wrongdoing in the White House.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    May 18, 2017 1:05 p.m.

    re:marxist

    Mueller will do an honest investigation I trust however this whole investigation is nothing more than a ruse at best and a complete waste of time. There is nothing there at least regarding the president and his team. Now if Mueller wants to investigate Susan Rice and her illegal un-masking then that would be worth while because we know it happened and we know it is a crime. Same with Hillary and her pay for play with Russian and the Uranium deal that deposited 2.5 million into her and Billy Bob's bank account.

    Most of America (other than CNN and NBC) couldn't care less about this uselss and phony investigation but they do care about getting affordable health care and tax cuts and high pay jobs. Democrats don't have answers to the latter nor do they care. Couldn't you and your family benefit from lower taxes and better job prospects or perhaps money doesn't matter? Just wondering...

  • mcclark Salt Lake City, UT
    May 18, 2017 12:36 p.m.

    @zwrz Seven count them Seven Republican led congressional investigations of Benghazi found NO WRONG DOING BY CLINTON. Trump has admitted to giving the Russians classified information. Putin hates Clinton, because she sees him for what he is, a murdering thug. Why would he worry about how she handles classified material?

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    May 18, 2017 12:24 p.m.

    Hey zwrz -

    RE: "Who's lying? Russians?"

    Yes, it's what they do. And a remarkably large number of Americans are actually undiscerning enough to believe those lies.

    RE: "I think you'll find the lying is caming from the media folks... who hate Trump:

    Ha!

    See what I mean?!

  • zwrz Springville, UT
    May 18, 2017 11:42 a.m.

    @marxist:
    "Nothing wrong? Lying isn't wrong?"

    Who's lying? Russians? I think you'll find the lying is caming from the media folks... who hate Trump. And why should Trump be blamed for what the Russkies did, anyway?

    "The Russians planted fake (that's lying if you don't get it) stories all over personal media to advance Trump and diminish Clinton."

    Could you please cite the fake stories the Russians planted... and where it was planted?

    Apparently, the Russians clearly see Hillary Clinton for what she really is... naive about how to handle classified information... a poor Secretary of State leader when it comes to things like the death of four Americans in Benghazi... and in relatively poor health.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    May 18, 2017 11:41 a.m.

    Hey Vermonter -

    RE: "Democrats are notably quiet on the appointment of Mueller."

    Well yes . . . But what do you expect?

    Democrats are Democrats, not Republicans.

    Don't expect big displays of emotion and shrillness from us. We tend to operate on facts, and do what needs to be done. We respect quiet competence, not bombastic nonsense.

    Compare No Drama Obama to All Drama Trump, and you'll see what I mean. No Drama Obama who Got Osama quietly did his job for the most part.

    But Trump, the Drama Queen that he is, makes a big show about everything. That describes Republican politicians in general . . . ALL show and no go. They complain, have temper tantrums, and commiserate with each other about how victimized they are . . . But when it comes down to actually governing, Republicans do not have a clue about how to go about it.

    The Party of Pretense can only pretend.

    Don’t expect histrionics from us Democrats. PLEASE don’t confuse us with Republicans.

  • mcclark Salt Lake City, UT
    May 18, 2017 11:36 a.m.

    "Politically a very smart move by Trump" Guess you did not see the Tweet Storm from the Whiner In Chief about this.

  • Lia Sandy, UT
    May 18, 2017 10:50 a.m.

    God said to Ttrump supporters: "Come ye forth, and I will give thee a brain."

    They came 5th.....

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    May 18, 2017 10:19 a.m.

    Vermonter.."Democrats are notably quiet on the appointment of Mueller. There are a few Democrat surrogate legal-types singing Mueller's praise. But, he is not exactly who they wanted. And, if Trump has done anything improper, Mueller is not who Trump wants. But, Trump probably signed-off on Mueller's appointment. Hmmm..."

    Seriously Vermonter? The Dems have been all over the news singing Mueller's praise. MSN was full of Democratic praise for Mueller this morning.

    Trump signed off....absolutely wrong..Trump wasn't even informed about the move until after it was done. He wasn't even given a heads up.

    Flynn said he had a story to tell and now we're starting to see it. Pence has portrayed himself as the willing naÏve. No wonder, far better place to be than a co-conspirator as he may be.

    The cover up is where the story is here, along with the blatant incompetence of Trump and his associates, (hiring Flynn after they knew he was under investigation).

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    May 18, 2017 10:12 a.m.

    @wrz "There is nothing wrong or illegal with Trump and/or his election campaign team communicating with Russia (including Putin) about Trump's presidency bid. Doing so does not sway the election. Well, maybe it did. It would show to the American voter that Trump is a world leader "

    Nothing wrong? Lying isn't wrong? The Russians planted fake (that's lying if you don't get it) stories all over personal media to advance Trump and diminish Clinton.

  • Lia Sandy, UT
    May 18, 2017 10:08 a.m.

    Of COURSE Trump did nothing wrong.

    This is because Trump is honest, fair, even-keeled, trustworthy, thoughtful, polite, gentlemanly, forthright, admirable, and decent.

    He is a model of decorum, chaste and pure, with a glowing halo of goodness surrounding him.

    Bunnies, downy ducklings, kittens and unicorns frolic playfully together on the White House lawn.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    May 18, 2017 9:35 a.m.

    Follow the money rabbit trail. Money can by a lot in the world but not necessarily happiness.

    Representative Nunez from California put his integrity on the line. If Vice-President Pence was part of the Transition Team, he should have known about Flynn's announcement to their legal counsel. If Flynn told their chief Counsel, lying to the Vice-President would not be the reason to fire Flynn would not be the reason only the guise for the President. The Vice-President has culpability here, also. We don't need an Agnew as President.

    The Special Counsel will be good for the situation with a career of integrity and honor behind him is a benefit for our country. This President was elected on the basis of making the country great again. This President says continually he has such a good brain but doesn't believe in 240 years of governance by good people and systems.

  • wrz Springville, UT
    May 18, 2017 9:28 a.m.

    @Esquire:
    "If nothing is there, then the Trump crowd has nothing to fear."

    There is something there. The Mueller investigation will show that Russia hacked into Hillary Clinton's personal server/emails where classified information was being stored.

    There is nothing wrong or illegal with Trump and/or his election campaign team communicating with Russia (including Putin) about Trump's presidency bid. Doing so does not sway the election. Well, maybe it did. It would show to the American voter that Trump is a world leader and is capable of working with other world leaders to fight the world enemy (ISIS). And if Putin hacked into America's voting machines that would not be Trump's fault.

    What swayed the voter away from Hillary was her naivete re handling of classified information, continued showing of lack of leadership, and her apparent increase in ill health.

    "But the way they are lashing out, Trump too, suggests that they all know that Trump and his team do not have clean hands."

    If there is lashing out it's because of the continued Democrat griping about losing the election.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    May 18, 2017 8:34 a.m.

    It's about time. Comey will come out of this looking like the American hero that he his. Autocrats like Nixon and Trump were foolish to mess with the FBI. The FBI leaves meticulous paper trails. The only paper trail that Trump has is stuck to his shoe.

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    May 18, 2017 8:36 a.m.

    @ Vermonter

    "Trump probably signed-off on Mueller's appointment."

    So Trump gets to hand pick who investigates him?

    That's why we're teetering away from being a democracy. Too many people like you want an authoritarian government with no checks or balances. This investigation isn't going to be a sham and you will be wildly disappointed that it won't be.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    May 18, 2017 8:33 a.m.

    Anyone who is breathing a sigh of relief at this time is being a little naive. Mueller can be fired. Rosenstein's choice can be overturned. If you don't think Donald Trump is capable of firing Mr. Mueller anytime he gets to close to the treasury or to the possibility of turning over the Trump carrot cart--you haven't been paying attention. Nothing is too bombastic for this President or his core supporters. We know that, right? If he were to disappear on his upcoming trip and resurface in St. Petersberg demanding asylum from Mr. Putin and tell his supporters that he was leading the country from afar and he'll be coming back pretty soon--there would be a percentage of American voters who would give him grin and a big thumbs up and thank him for helping to get them back their 'mare-kuh.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    May 18, 2017 8:26 a.m.

    If nothing is there, then the Trump crowd has nothing to fear. But the way they are lashing out, Trump too, suggests that they all know that Trump and his team do not have clean hands. This is going to be interesting.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    May 18, 2017 8:23 a.m.

    "Shouldn't all collusions be investigated?"

    @worf

    Of course not, the liberals' version of the constitution has a clause in it that no such independent investigations shall take place against any Democrat. It's right there next to gay marriage and gun control.

    Fortunately, the actual Constitution makes no mentions of these things. Unfortunately liberals couldn't care less about that.

  • Vermonter Plymouth, MI
    May 18, 2017 7:40 a.m.

    Democrats are notably quiet on the appointment of Mueller. There are a few Democrat surrogate legal-types singing Mueller's praise. But, he is not exactly who they wanted. And, if Trump has done anything improper, Mueller is not who Trump wants. But, Trump probably signed-off on Mueller's appointment. Hmmm...

    It should be noted, Mueller is also a close friend of Comey's.

    Other than Trump gone, I really don't know what Democrats want. Of course, they want power--the presidency and control of Congress. But, Democratic strategy is a bit puzzling right now.

    Now, if Mueller finds no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, I'm sure that Democrats will say he was bought and paid for by Trump (just like H.R. McMaster). But, until that happens, I don't think Democrats know what to do other than keep the general anti-Trump drumbeat going.

    Politically, a very smart move by Trump. This move has bought him time and some goodwill with the American people.

  • pwlohse Dueren, 00
    May 18, 2017 5:03 a.m.

    Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.: "and a lot of us are glad he's leaving for a few days".
    Let us remind ourselves, however, that he not leaving the planet. Very few people in the countries he wants to visit will actually welcome him. Look for large scale demonstrations.

  • cougar engineer Alpine, UT
    May 18, 2017 1:17 a.m.

    All fair minded people are delighted to have a "no nonsense" former FBI director now in charge of this investigation. Contrary to popular terminology Mr Mueller is not a "special prosecuter", because there is zero current evidence of a crime-the official title is "special counsel", or investigator. He will attack the stories, interview whoever he wants with severe penalties for perjury. No one out here in the public world has seen any evidence of Russian involvement, or any Trump collusion. All of the comments are purely on the basis of individual prejudices, interpretting wild rumors. Based on current headlines, one would think "no doubt about white house guilt. Irresponsible reporters and media managers are providing no evidence, only "anonymous" sources making claims of serious wrongdoing. There has been zero evidence in the media, only second, third, or fourth hand anonymous claims. Several Democrats insist on immediate impeachment without any stupid evidence. The anonymous security violation claims are themselves evidence of treasonous violations by the sources. The results will be interestings.

  • wrz Springville, UT
    May 17, 2017 11:17 p.m.

    @Ralph:
    "The FBI and CIA have no idea what they are talking about."

    The public has no idea what the FBI and CIA are talking about. These government agencies continue to make accusations against President Trump using drummed-up fake evidence.

    "There is no evidence, none at all."

    Well said.

    "This is just a complete waste of time."

    And a complete waste of taxpayer money. Mueller will need to hire maybe a hundred lawyers at a couple a hundred $ per year each to do the leg work... plus office space for them. And I doubt any conclusion will be forthcoming for at least three years. Why hurry when you're on the government (taxpayer) dole.

    "Nothing to see here, FoxNews said so."

    And the rest of the media are out to get Trump.

    "And, btw, you forgot to blame the media."

    I just did.

  • wrz Springville, UT
    May 17, 2017 10:29 p.m.

    @marxist:
    "But there is plenty of evidence the Russians TRIED to sway the election Trump's way in collaboration with the Trump team."

    And what did the Russians do to sway the election? Did they hack vote tabulating machines? Please list the evidence that would indicate the election was swayed and what it was that Russia did to do the swaying.

    "Oh, and BTW, why is Trump still trying to cover for Michael Flynn?"

    Because Flynn and Trump are good friends.

    "Does Flynn have some hot stuff on Trump?"

    You're starting to sound like a Democrat... who grasp at straws.

    @Fabulous Jen:
    "Republicans are saying Trump was only 'joking' when he asked Comey to drop his investigation."

    You can't trust what Comey wrote in his notes. Trump could have said: 'You might wanna hold off on any further Flynn investigations.' And Comey wrote: 'I was told by Trump to halt any further Flynn investigation.'

    "Let's hope Robert Mueller lacks a sense of humor while investigating our joker-in-chief."

    Mueller should be investigating Clinton and her illegal handling of classified information.

  • Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    May 17, 2017 10:05 p.m.

    wrz: "What a waste of American taxpayer money. There is absolutely no evidence that Russia did anything to sway the presidential election."

    Absolutely right. You're spot on, there, wrz.
    The FBI and CIA have no idea what they are talking about. There is no evidence, none at all.
    This is just a complete waste of time. Nothing to see here, FoxNews said so.

    And, btw, you forgot to blame the media.

  • worf McAllen, TX
    May 17, 2017 9:35 p.m.

    Let's be fair.

    Is there a probe into a Hillary collusion with Debbie Wasserman Schultz over the DNC rigging the nomination against Bernie Sanders, or sales of Uranium to Russia?

    What about the collusion of Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch, or Obama telling Putin he'll have more flexibility after the election?

    Shouldn't all collusions be investigated?

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    May 17, 2017 9:29 p.m.

    "Terrific! Trump supporters are going to be panicking about this. No need, because the truth is nothing to fear."

    Unless you happen to be one of those who have been completely deluded by The Donald.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    May 17, 2017 9:26 p.m.

    This sounds like an excellent first step. A completely non-partisan investigation MUST continue.

  • Daedalus, Stephen ARVADA, CO
    May 17, 2017 7:20 p.m.

    This is a great development and I think a solid choice. Non-partisan is more important than "bi-partisan" in a situation like this.

    Mueller served multiple years under both G.W. Bush and Obama, without much fanfare or drama, having worked his way up the ranks starting in the Reagan admin. Not much glamour in that route and I doubt many of us share his personal politics But I have little doubt as to his loyalty to America and the rule of law.

    We are months if not years away from fully unwinding this mess, and this will be a sobering joyless process. Mueller will do his job, and we should be patient as the onion skin is peeled back.

  • FanOfTheSith Vernal, UT
    May 17, 2017 7:05 p.m.

    I can see the foxes and wolves snarling in the shadows, wanting to corner Mueller and influence him. Mueller backed Comey when Comey told the Bush's administration that they were doing something illegal with the wiretapping scenario so I think Mueller is a good pick but I sure hope he won't crack under the political pressures that are gonna be thrown at him by the cunning foxes and carnivorous wolves in the national capital.

  • Karen R. Houston, TX
    May 17, 2017 6:36 p.m.

    "'No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly,' he said."

    I chuckled when I heard this clip. In Trump's mind he's never anything but the greatest - even at victimhood.

    @ Fitness Freak

    "And if the demos. don't 'like' the results of the investigation they will call their BFF's in the media and demand yet ANOTHER investigation."

    Do they get six of them like the GOP did with Benghazi? Seems only fair.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    May 17, 2017 6:23 p.m.

    "And if the demos. don't "like" the results of the investigation they will call their BFF's in the media and demand yet ANOTHER investigation."

    Hope not. Lets have one thorough investigation and live with the results.

    Fitness. Are you suggesting the Dems might do what the GOP did for the last 6 years?

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    May 17, 2017 6:19 p.m.

    @Fitness Freak

    Seven plus desperate investigations by republicans into Benghazi alone with no results, conservatives really have no leg to stand on here.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    May 17, 2017 5:56 p.m.

    And if the demos. don't "like" the results of the investigation they will call their BFF's in the media and demand yet ANOTHER investigation.

    Count on it.

  • JBs Logan, UT
    May 17, 2017 5:42 p.m.

    Terrific! Trump supporters are going to be panicking about this. No need, because the truth is nothing to fear.

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    May 17, 2017 5:28 p.m.

    To deal with Trump's continuous political blunders get used to multiple probes.

    The bravado and rhetoric that Trump fans loved is the very thing that will keep Trump from accomplishing anything of significance.

  • Fabulous Jen Eagle Mountain, UT
    May 17, 2017 5:23 p.m.

    Republicans are saying Trump was only "joking" when he asked Comey to drop his investigation.

    Let's hope Robert Mueller lacks a sense of humor while investigating our joker-in-chief.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    May 17, 2017 5:24 p.m.

    Patriot.."oh boy -- that won't do for Democrats. They want Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi on the "special investigation" team....,maybe Sweet Maxine Waters too. The "dream team".

    Once again your uniformed partisanship overtakes reasoned rhetoric.

    Democrats have come out in unison in favor of this appointment.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    May 17, 2017 5:13 p.m.

    @wrz "There is absolutely no evidence that Russia did anything to sway the presidential election."

    But there is plenty of evidence the Russians TRIED to sway the election Trump's way in collaboration with the Trump team.

    Oh, and BTW, why is Trump still trying to cover for Michael Flynn? Does Flynn have some hot stuff on Trump?

  • wrz Springville, UT
    May 17, 2017 5:05 p.m.

    What a waste of American taxpayer money. There is absolutely no evidence that Russia did anything to sway the presidential election.

    The reason Trump won the election is that Hillary showed more and more incompetence plus indications of poor health. Russia has nothing to do with Hillary's incompetence or health.

    Further, Russia had nothing to do with Hillary's illegal use of a private server and personal emails to store and communicate classified information. And if Russia's Putin was involved in bringing this to light, we need to thank him.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    May 17, 2017 5:01 p.m.

    @patriot "oh boy -- that won't do for Democrats. They want Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi on the "special investigation" team....,maybe Sweet Maxine Waters too. "

    Hyperbole, maybe? I think this is really good news. Now we will not have to rely on a variety of political hacks - both major parties - to get to the bottom of this.

  • stevo123 Driggs, ID
    May 17, 2017 4:43 p.m.

    @ Patriot, Excellent diversion., but, you will rue the day Mr. Mueller tok this job on.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    May 17, 2017 4:35 p.m.

    oh boy -- that won't do for Democrats. They want Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi on the "special investigation" team....,maybe Sweet Maxine Waters too. The "dream team".

  • rdean92 Los Angeles, CA
    May 17, 2017 4:19 p.m.

    And so it begins. Mueller must be non-partisan to make this work. Our country is at stake here, we the people deserve the truth!

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    May 17, 2017 4:09 p.m.

    An excellent choice. The important (really the only important) thing is to have the investigation be handled appropriately and thoroughly to get to whatever the truth is and Mueller should do a good job of that.