House intelligence committee chair steps aside

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  • UtahTroutStalker Draper, UT
    April 7, 2017 10:53 a.m.

    @Thid Barker - Victor, ID

    " You are losing elections because Americans are rejecting your ideology, not because of the Russians!"

    Last time I checked the majority of Americans did not vote for Trump.

    Also, it was "Fake News" stories that lead a man to a Pizza parlor with a gun to investigate and put to a stop a non-existent child porn ring. Likely this story was put out there by Russian trolls. If their fake stories are enough to cause someone to show up at a pizza joint with a gun, then it is not unreasonable to assume that these same fake stories influenced people to not vote for HRC, and/or vote for DJT.

    Can I paint you a more clearer picture?

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    April 6, 2017 9:22 p.m.

    An answer to a prayer. He had lost his way and his objectivity. They need an independent investigation because both parties have lost their objectivity and the American people deserve the truth whatever it is.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    April 6, 2017 7:53 p.m.

    Going to the Whitehouse to tell the President about documents received from the Whitehouse was bizarre.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    April 6, 2017 4:39 p.m.

    @Thid Barker
    "Please expain how the Russians changed ballots or influence your vote or anyone's vote! Magic, perhaps?"

    How many times did Trump, his campaign, his family, his surrogates, and supporters like yourself talk about the Wikileaks releases? Why was the DNC and Clinton team specifically targeted by Russian hackers and the data released by Wikileaks? Everyone wouldn't be doing that stuff if they didn't think it'd influence anyone's vote. It's pretty logical to conclude that the hacking influenced some number of peoples' votes because all of them from Trump supporters to his campaign to Assange to the hackers think the information in the hacked Wikileaks dumps was relevant and important so they all think it influenced some number of votes.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    April 6, 2017 4:38 p.m.

    @ Marxist: To use your logic, if I read anything written or said by anyone about my candidate that I don't like or agree with, that is them interfering with the election? Really? And the left never said anything negative about President Trump did they? Dang those lefties, they interfered with the election! Dang them?

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    April 6, 2017 3:49 p.m.

    @Thid "Please expain how the Russians changed ballots or influence your vote or anyone's vote! Magic, perhap? "

    No, let me explain. I use a variety of mass personal media. During the election that media, especially Facebook, were full of stories about candidates, their advisers. and what they were doing. Lots of it was anti-Hillary. Lots of it was anti-Hillary in support of Bernie Sanders (my candidate). Some of it was true, much of it was manufactured by Russia which flooded the media with specious stories. I hate to admit it, but I swallowed some of this stuff.

    Also, note that the Russian stream was in sync with the Trump campaign all the way. That's how Russia influenced the election, and not just on the presidential level.

  • Yuge Opportunity Here Mapleton, UT
    April 6, 2017 2:35 p.m.

    @Moderate
    You are right. I forgot who I was dealing with. Obama was always clueless about everything, telling us he just saw something on the news himself. It was like he was always out of the loop on everything.

    So, let me see. It was all a hobby of Susan Rice to read and catalog this stuff. Maybe she was writing a book. How do you like that idea?

    Or maybe she shared it with the other half of Obama;s brain - Valerie Jarrett. And Valerie told Podesta. And Podesta leaked it to the press.

    You are correct; Obama was insulated.

    Speaking of insulated, Rice was hired by the White House to provide immunity. Ms. Talking Points was in real trouble and Obama gave her shelter in National Security.

    As for Snowden, hold that thought. We will likely need lots of prison cells for all those classified leakers out there.

  • HSTucker Holladay, UT
    April 6, 2017 1:52 p.m.

    Russian subverted the election just like Benghazi was caused by a video.

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    April 6, 2017 11:37 a.m.

    ...as Utah's Rep. Chris Stewart is also member of this House Intel Committee as well,
    I have repeatedly asked for his views and insight.

    MY representative just ignores me - his constituent -- he is supposed to WORK for me,
    but it seems he works for Donald Trump...

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    April 6, 2017 10:58 a.m.

    Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz - and his Do Not investigate Donald Trump ever, Hear no Evil, See no Evil -- suffocant - should be next to go! ...

  • Bob67 Glenn Dale, MD
    April 6, 2017 10:54 a.m.

    Nunes stepping aside "temporarily" adds a new wrinkle to the House Intelligence Committee investigation into Russian interference into the 2016 election:

    Will Nunes clear himself quickly enough to get back to distracting and tainting the investigation again?

    I think he is glad to get away, now that his own actions are scrutinized. Showing classified information to a subject under investigation, bypassing proper channels, is hardly ethical.

    On Nov 11, 2016 Nunes' web site posted a press release with this statement: “Today I was honored to have been named to the executive committee of President-elect Donald Trump's transition team. In this role, I will advise President-elect Trump on the appointments of his Cabinet members and on appointments to other top positions in the new administration."

    Given that the investigation is into the contacts between President Trump's election and transition teams and the Russians, Nunes should have recused himself from the beginning!

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    April 6, 2017 10:46 a.m.

    Finally! Nunes hung on as long as he could to simply delay the investigation. With three investigations going on -- FBI, Senate, and House -- this should get the full attention it needs without any investigators going to the White House to brief Trump on unfolding findings.

    The circumstantial evidence is compelling. Why did Trump dismiss initial reports about Russian interference in the election early on? Why did Trump support Putin and Russia so much throughout the campaign? Why? One can conclude that he and his men were aware and perhaps involved in Russia's interference -- that is what the issue is.

    All the talk about Rice "unmasking" Trump's men engaging with the Russians as somehow illegal don't understand the role of a National Security Advisor -- its part of the job to see who is talking with the nation's enemies.

    Trump's days are numbered. His GOP allies in Congress know this.

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    April 6, 2017 10:34 a.m.

    Yuge Opportunity Here "We know from Susan Rice that the people were unmasked, tracked and monitored..."

    We know from the movie "Snowden" that people were unmasked and tracked.
    You didn't want to believe the message then, because it was from Hollywood.

    "...by the oval office"
    No evidence of this. At all. Even Fox News concedes this.
    President Trump owes President Obama an apology.

  • Kouger Lehi, UT
    April 6, 2017 10:20 a.m.

    It's about time, dude. You even mentioned the two words - "politically motivated" - that describe your own "secretive" and partisan actions thus far. The last time you said and did something bipartisan was at the end of the Comey hearing about a "dark cloud" hanging over the Trump administration. After that the "dark cloud" has been following you around, like going to the WH by yourself, cancelling committee meetings on the Russian probe, etc. Sometimes I wonder if these politicians - including the president - think that the positions they hold grant them unfettered freedom, especially when they do it with glaring audacity.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    April 6, 2017 10:13 a.m.

    @ Utefan: This is entirely about politics! This is the last hope for the Democratic party that has been losing elections all over America for the last 10 years! This is the democrat's last gasp; show how the election was "stolen" by the Russians! Please expain how the Russians changed ballots or influence your vote or anyone's vote! Magic, perhap? Come on democrats, own up to your own failures and stop blaming Russians, the electoral college, the GOP or magic! You are losing elections because Americans are rejecting your ideology, not because of the Russians! You are becoming the laughing stock of the world!

  • rdean92 Los Angeles, CA
    April 6, 2017 10:09 a.m.

    No one should disagree that this investigation should be non-partisan period. Any other approach is dishonest and ugly.

    The truth, is the truth, is the truth.

  • Yuge Opportunity Here Mapleton, UT
    April 6, 2017 9:54 a.m.

    Americans can see what's going on here. This Trump-bashing is as absurd as Bush Sr. negotiating with the Ayatollah. It's just so much liberal smoke from sore losers.

    Let's hope this can be cleared up without Nunes. Susan Rice is doing a pretty good job of incriminating herself and the Obama White House. We know from her that the people were unmasked, tracked and monitored by the oval office.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    April 6, 2017 9:48 a.m.

    The Administration has not yet even filled many positions and are losing them faster than they can appoint. Jared now has twenty hats. Sad.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    April 6, 2017 9:35 a.m.

    Drain the swamp? The laughing stock of the world and our country is finding fewer and fewer friends other than a handful of loyal deplorables.

  • Utefan60 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 6, 2017 9:35 a.m.

    Thid Barker - Victor, ID, the reason this is being investigated has nothing to do with the alternative truths that you have put out there. This isn't about politics.

    This is about our Democracy and Republic being subverted by a foreign power. Period!

    If there is nothing to hide then why are the Republicans running so scared? Why are they lying about so many things including involvement with Russians? Why do they conveniently forget about contacts with Russians? So many dominoes keep falling with strong intelligence from multiple Federal investigations. Shows a pattern within the Trump administration and his appointees.

    This isn't about politics. This is about dishonesty and possible treason within our country.

  • oaklandaforlife SLC, UT
    April 6, 2017 9:12 a.m.

    Stepping aside seems to be the new norm under this administration. Not surprising at all.

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    April 6, 2017 9:09 a.m.

    Flynn. Bannon. Nunes.

    Dominos.

  • Thomas Thompson SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    April 6, 2017 8:47 a.m.

    This is unexpected; and also some good news.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    April 6, 2017 8:44 a.m.

    Stepping aside for the Trump-Russia investigation was the right thing to do.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    April 6, 2017 8:46 a.m.

    Yup, the reason they lost the white house and control of both houses of congress and thousands of state offices all over America is somehow because of the Russians! Democrats NEVER lose elections, they are always stolen from them! This is what's really behind this "investigation"! They need an excuse for their loses but stubbornly refuse to listen to the reasons they are losing elections!