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Published: Thursday, June 19 2014 8:34 p.m. MDT

Updated: Thursday, June 19 2014 8:34 p.m. MDT

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Mainly Me
Werribee, 00

No, DUH!

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

Mike Lee Thinks...you lost me there.

Northern
Logan, UT

Ummmmmmj yup.

EJM
Herriman, UT

There are just way too many jokes here with this story. I am glad Senator Lee is on this one. Now if we could just reopen the Warren Commission report,get video from Area 51 and get funding to find Bigfoot I would feel even better.

Michael Hunt
Murray, UT

We need more to send more hound dogs like Lee to govment to sniff out the problems. We can't quite put a finger on what's going on with Benghazi or the IRS, but I bet more patrits like Lee could rout out the stink!

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

I actually agree with him..... data retention is a law, not just a best practice. If they destroyed documents "accidentally", well..... I just don't believe it.

Esquire
Springville, UT

Of course Mike Lee thinks this. I'll tell you what. Investigate Bush and Cheney over the Valerie Plame issue, whether they had any involvement. Investigate the IRS targeting liberal groups in the Bush years. Investigate the many other things that Republicans got away with. Let's put them all in the same basket. Unless you do, the current IRS controversy, which has been adequately investigated and vetted now, is nothing more than a partisan game. Can't we get a Congress that actually does something instead of toxic political games and hypocritical huffing and puffing. Senator Lee, have you see the public opinion of you and your colleagues. You would think you could get it through your head that the path you are on is not approved by the people.

Benevolus
Fruit Heights, UT

The IRS has willingly become a tool of the Democratic party. President Obama has declared there is no smidgen of corruption despite the evidence to the contrary. His justice department announced there would be no criminal charges brought even as investigations were only beginning. Sounds like signals to the IRS that the president and attorney general have the backs of those unwilling to testify or produce evidence.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Can mike Lee so something constructive for once? Please???

I don't know, pass a job bill or something to assist in green technology development?

Do something other than shut down the government and spread stupid paranoia.

Are his 6 years up already? Man they never end!

FT
salt lake city, UT

Outside of Utah, few, if any, have regard for what Senator Lee has to say. In addition to costing his bank hundreds of thousands of dollars for walking away from his mortgage he cost Americans billions by inititating the goverment shutdown. It's time to turn Senator Lee's microphone off and bring him home. The IRS needs to be investigated but we need respected leaders with integrity to do it.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

all the liberal BO apologists are showing their technological ignorance. E-mails do NOT disappear even if a hard drive crashes. There IS a cover-up. The emails exist, and they show criminal use of the IRS; that is why the dems refuse to turn them over and that is why the 5th amendment was invoked. plain and simple.

Pops
NORTH SALT LAKE, UT

The odds of those emails being lost, if standard IT practices were followed, are somewhere between slim and none. Mike Lee is right - the IRS is playing the same game Mr. Swallow played here in Utah. The only difference is that the IRS was smart enough to shred the hard drives in question.

The attacks on Senator Lee are disappointing. He is not the issue. It is the behavior of the IRS. If you wish to argue that the IRS did nothing wrong, or that it should be allowed to engage in politically-motivated shenanigans, then please make that argument.

Ajax
Mapleton, UT

Senator Mike Lee and fellow ideologues, casting themselves as a providential bulwark against clandestine evil doers bent on destroying the nation, are proof of the toxic mixing of religion and politics. Defeating the enemy is for them a religious as well as a political crusade, lacking in perspective and justifying whatever means, whether true or false, right or wrong.

Such pretension is largely delusional. Utah suffers. It is a losing game for everyone.

Religion and government can play well together and have at times done so for the good of all, just not when religious beliefs are used as a narrow and divisive strategy driven by fear and contrived for political advantage and personal gain at the expense of others.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

"The attacks on Senator Lee are disappointing. He is not the issue. It is the behavior of the IRS. If you wish to argue that the IRS did nothing wrong, or that it should be allowed to engage in politically-motivated shenanigans, then please make that argument."

Says who?

Everything Mr. Lee has done has been politically driven.

Now suddenly, we're expected to believe that he's sincere about this issue? How do we know that he isn't making a mountain of a moe hill for political purposes?

I'm sorry, but Mikey has cried wolf too many times for any reasonable person to give credibility to him.

Then again, ya gotta hand it to him. He's making his last few years of being a senator interesting!

His replacement can't come soon enough.

Ralph West Jordan
Taylorsville, UT

My last post didn't make it past the ever vigilant DN screeners so I will try a different approach!

Dear Sen. Lee
Thank you for your dedicated, patriotic and ever bibartisan approach to your office! You are probably right! There very well may be a cover-up in the making! As a previous poster says "Duh".

I can't imagine why they wouldn't want to cooperate in the ensuing investigation and hearings but maybe it has something to do with the statement in another previous posters question. " Senator Lee, have you see the public opinion of you and your colleagues".

Is it possible that they just don't respect You Sen. Lee, Sen. Cruz and the others sitting on that side of the aisle, and find it hard to take you serious? You can only get so much mileage out of the "Sky is falling, the Sky is falling" before you lose, just as Chicken Little found, your credibility!

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

Mike Lee is just trying to score easy conservative points.

1Observer
Cottonwood Heights, UT

@ Ajax

Why is it that religion is even an issue? I don't see any mention of it in the article. Why are there so many petty posters who constantly use every issue/opportunity to disparage the predominant faith in this state. It really is a joke and undermines the credibility of your comments. I have completely stopped reading comments in the Trib because nearly every commenter drags religion into their comments. The IRS scandal and Mike Lee's response have nothing to do with religion. I rarely agree with Sen. Lee but it is clear that the IRS is following a typical pattern of lies and deceit in Washington. That pattern has existed regardless of party or religion for far too long.

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

Eric Cantor got away with this type of leadership(?) for 14 years.

Virginia voters finally tired of Eric Cantor's fixation on Washington.

Some time during his third term, Utah Voters will wake-up and send Mike Lee home...

er...off to some swinging-door-super-lobbyist job in Washington.

Until then...

Enjoy.

daehder1
Parker, AZ

Ha! I'm sure on the IRS side in this one. Personally, I think none of those groups should have tax deductibility, and legislation should make church income and property taxable. That alone would pay off our national debt and finance desperately needed social programs.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Is this what the people of Utah sent Sen. Mike Lee and Rep. Jason Chaffetz back to Washington to do for our State?

Benghazi, Shut-down the Government and lost e-mails?

Seriously?

And the Tea-Publicans want MORE of them??

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