Sen. Orrin Hatch brushes off allegations that Trump was involved in crimes

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  • mdonalds1 Saratoga Springs, UT
    Dec. 17, 2018 6:18 a.m.

    Until proven guilty, I stand by President Trump.

  • durwood kirby Preston, ID
    Dec. 15, 2018 9:24 a.m.

    Don’t pretend to be the party of family values if you put the economy before what’s right.

  • 1covey Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 14, 2018 5:12 p.m.

    Some people still don't understand that for all his moral shortcoming, which, notably were before being elected President, Trump is a better American than most of his detractors. Contrary to accusations, he has pushed this country back towards the Constitution by striving to take power away from non-elected government officials; referring matters back to the Congress, rather than executive orders; restoring preference to American interests rather than Foreign countries who have been freeloading off Uncle Sam for years. Btw, Senator Hatch was willing to overlook some of Senator Kennedy's ( which occurred during the Democrats' terms of office ) peccadillos in order to get good legislation passed. Does that bother some of you ? I think smart people realize that Trump is not and never has been a politician; and therefore does not act nor speak like one. If it takes a bumptious President to at least slow down the decline of this country, so be it.

  • TeachyMcTeacherPants Sandy, UT
    Dec. 14, 2018 1:58 p.m.

    SHAME. SHAME. SHAME.

  • bluesman503 Riverton, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 6:32 p.m.

    Should we not expect the president to deal honestly with all of us all the time? As the most powerful leader in the country should we not expect him to set the example of honesty and integrity for all; especially our children? We grant him great power and influence and it seems to me we have the right expect and demand that he honor his oath; "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

  • Steve C. Warren WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 9:19 a.m.

    Hatch got very worked up over Clinton lying about having consensual sex with a divorced woman, but he remains remarkably calm over far worse behavior by the current occupant. It's his way of saying consistency is way overrated. Romney's starting to look good to me.

  • Astoria Jim Mamaroneck, NY
    Dec. 12, 2018 8:47 a.m.

    Hmmm, where have I heard "I don't care" before?

    Ah, yes, in the movie "The Fugitive": Tommy Lee Jones, as Lieutenant Sam (not Philip, as played by Barry Morse on the tv show us old folks watched in the 1960's) Gerard in the water-filled tunnel has his gun pointed at Harrison Ford as Dr Richard Kimble...

    Kimble: I didn't kill my wife!

    Gerard: I don't care!

    Of course, Lieutenant Gerard was a law enforcement officer, charged with returning a convicted criminal to prison, not in issuing opinions or judgment on guilt or innocence.

    What's Orrin Hatch's excuse?

    (By the way, Tommy Lee Jones AD LIBBED this line!)

  • TDay Hyde Park, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 6:54 a.m.

    Senator Hatch, A good economy (debatable) is not a substitute for morality.

  • RedShirtUofU Andoria, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 6:54 a.m.

    To "Shaun" so then you agree, the tax cuts had no significant effect on tax revenues to the government. The problem is spending.

  • Frank Montoya Jr Providence, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 12:03 a.m.

    1. Hahaha --

    I was called many things during my 25 years in the FBI, but never a "left-wing hypocrite." If by "sermon," you mean my oath, yes, even in retirement I still endeavor to live up to it.

    Every day.

    2. Herbert Gravy -- Broad are the allegations, indeed. Unfortunately, 1200 characters are not enough to list the publicly available evidence (not to mention what Special Counsel knows that we don't). But 33 indictments and 7 convictions, thus far, are pretty good indicators the Russia Investigation is the real deal. The President himself is not only a known subject of the investigation, but multiple lines of directly-related inquiry have either implicated him (the Cohen plea agreement is evidence of that) or are clearly leading towards him (though heavily redacted, the Flynn sentencing memo makes that case. I can tell you from experience prosecutors do not redact insignificant information).

    Yes, there's more, but I'll leave it to Bob Mueller to tell us the rest of the story.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Dec. 11, 2018 6:41 p.m.

    @redshirt

    Tax receipts are up only 1 percent which is anything special since population growth can easily account for that.

    Also the house has been controlled by republicans for 8 years. That is clearly long enough to blame spending on them.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Dec. 11, 2018 2:28 p.m.

    @Frank Montoya

    Pretty broad accusations. Could you please cite evidence for each allegation?

    Thanks.

  • Frank Montoya Jr Providence, UT
    Dec. 11, 2018 2:08 p.m.

    Said Hatch during the Clinton Impeachment:

    "This great nation can tolerate a President who makes mistakes. But it cannot tolerate one who makes a mistake and then breaks the law to cover it up."

    He was talking about a guy who cheated on his wife.

    The current investigations are about allegations far more serious than an illicit affair. They concern a President who abuses power, obstructs justice, conspires with our enemies to undermine our democracy, evades taxes, commits fraud against the government and breaks his oath with nearly every breath he takes, all for selfish purpose.

    Sure, everyone in this great nation is innocent until proven guilty. But, neither is anyone in this great nation above the law. Trump's grip on a shrinking percentage of my fellow citizens is lamentable, but the truth will out and when it does I'd invite everyone of them who were deceived--starting with the good senator from the State of Utah--to step back into the light.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    Dec. 11, 2018 2:10 p.m.

    its hilarious to watch the Dems struggle with losing the 2016 election. The only real crime President Trump committed was he defeated Hillary and the Dems still can't accept that! Perhaps they never will.

  • n8ive american Shelley, Idaho
    Dec. 11, 2018 12:53 p.m.

    Remember when Bill Clinton paid out $850,000 hush money to a single woman? Paula Jones? It was May 6, 1994. It did not result in his impeachment. That was due to Monica Lewinski.

    "HaHaHaHa - Othello, WA
    Dec. 11, 2018 12:45 p.m.
    "It is good to challenge people who look the other way for pure political reasons."

    Exactly what democrats do every day.

  • HaHaHaHa Othello, WA
    Dec. 11, 2018 12:45 p.m.

    "It is good to challenge people who look the other way for pure political reasons."

    Exactly what Trump does to the national "news" media everyday!

  • Californian#[email protected] SF, CA
    Dec. 11, 2018 12:40 p.m.

    Anyone in Congress who can't see the malfeasance and misfeasance right under their noses needs to go home and get a real job.

  • RedShirtUofU Andoria, UT
    Dec. 11, 2018 12:17 p.m.

    To "LOU Montana" huh....what does Trump have to do with Obama's bad economic policies?

    Actually we can afford Trump's tax breaks. Since the tax cuts were enacted the Federal Government has collected more tax revenues than they did the previous year. So, the tax cuts are NOT causing a deficit. Spending is the problem.

    We can't afford the spending that has been coming out of Congress for the past 20 years.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    Dec. 11, 2018 11:35 a.m.

    RedShirtUofU - Andoria, UT; "Had Obama kept his pace, we would still be suffering from the effects of the 2008 recession or worse."

    You re going to eat your hat on that one.

    Trump spending is out of control. We cannot afford his tax breaks, his mistakes, and his family's personal lifestyle. He is the most expensive President in the history of this country.

  • RedShirtUofU Andoria, UT
    Dec. 11, 2018 11:33 a.m.

    To "UtahBlueDevil" I am saying that thanks to the Republicans blocking the plans that Obama had, the stock market was able to go from 8,000 to 20,000.

    If you look at what Obama was able to accomplish it was mostly policies that slowed economic growth and destroyed job creation. We should be glad that Republicans blocked as much as they did. It was too bad that they didn't reverse more of Obama's decisions because the economy could be doing even better.

    As for Republicans prosecuting their own, yes, look at all of the Trump cronies that have been prosecuted. Meanwhile you have people like Eric Holder that were shielded from investigation. Just look at how they have excused or ignored it when their supporters want to riot.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 11, 2018 11:07 a.m.

    The national media is keeping this story alive and subject to serious questions about the Senator's comments. It is good to challenge people who look the other way for pure political reasons.

  • Carl Behle Ocean Shors, WA
    Dec. 11, 2018 11:07 a.m.

    I was raised in Utah and always respected Hatch, but now he has become a embarrassment. It was time for his departure......

  • UtahBlueDevil Alpine, UT
    Dec. 11, 2018 10:52 a.m.

    Redshirt..... so what you are saying is that Obama wasn't the President when the stock market went from 8,000 to 20,000. Neither was he the President when the unemployment numbers went from over 10% unemployed to 4.8%? If it wasn't Obama... who was it? Trump?

    Under the final years of Obama the job market was adding a little over 200,000 jobs per month. Last month the job market, while in a Trump boom, added about 150,000 jobs.

    I'm not bashing Trump - but using those numbers as a benchmark.

    "You do realize that Republicans are more likely to seek prosecution when one of their own breaks the law than Democrats do when one of their own breaks the law."

    Can you back this up with anything factual, other than your opinion? Anything? It is really disappointing that somehow some believe that one party is the sole keeper of propriety while the other is totally morally void.

    I hope our current LDS representatives (Romney, Lee) show more moral backbone that did Hatch. Vote principles, not party.

    To what crimes... search on "Legal affairs of Donald Trump" and "The People vs. Donald Trump: Every Major Lawsuit and Investigation the President Faces"

    Your answer lies there.

  • JSKM1232 Sandy, UT
    Dec. 11, 2018 10:47 a.m.

    @65TossPowerTrap - Salmon, ID

    "Who elected this guy?"
    = = = = =
    Seven (7) times no less!

  • JSKM1232 Sandy, UT
    Dec. 11, 2018 10:43 a.m.

    Flashback - Kearns, UT

    "Trump actually didn't do anything wrong paying off those two women. If he used campaign money, it was his own money he gave to the campaign.

    Besides, Obama got foreign contributions of over 2 million and as I recall, they didn't charge anyone criminally but the FEC levied an over 300 thousand penalty.

    Trumps amount paid to the two women was under $300,000.

    Where is the crime?"
    = = = = =
    You got your law degree at Trump University I presume? Any monies Trump gave to "his campaign" became the property of the "campaign" not DJT's. Wah, Wah but Obama. . . . apparently Obama committed no willful, unlawful act unlike DJT!

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Dec. 11, 2018 10:37 a.m.

    By the company you keep, Orrin. By the company you keep.

  • The Great Helmsman Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 11, 2018 10:36 a.m.

    Hey, can we get $600K for Hatch so he can get a PR firm? He needs some help with his public image.

  • JSKM1232 Sandy, UT
    Dec. 11, 2018 10:34 a.m.

    @at long last. . . - Kirksville , MO

    "Given the nature of Trump and the Democrats in congress and the NY law enforcement folks it is obvious that he will be charged with something. Proving guilt may just be a lot harder. However, it seems the attempt by those pursuing Trump is to make him unelectable by bringing charges they cannot prove, in order to cause doubt among the more emotional and weak-minded voter"
    = = = = =
    You do realize that there is a recording of Trump directing his lawyer to make illegal payments don't you?

  • Hugh1 Denver, CO
    Dec. 11, 2018 10:23 a.m.

    Senator Hatch, what's wrong? When the history books are written, your story will be overshadowed by your closing act of public service - your denial of the rule of law. Senator Hatch, how is it possible that you now don't believe in the rule of law? What was your job in Washington for all these years if not to write our nation's laws? Was your life's work that pointless?

    President Trump piles lie on top of lie, and if you're in denial about that, or don't think it matters, then you need to reexamine your moral code. Better yet, put a copy of the US Constitution in your pocket; don't sit on it, read it.

  • UtahBlueDevil Alpine, UT
    Dec. 11, 2018 10:23 a.m.

    What is most disappointing in all this is how conditional "truth" has become, less alone right and wrong. On both sides. Fienstien's stunk in the Kavanaugh hearings should have been condemned by both parties. She totally and mercilessly abuse Mrs. Ford and the information that was given to her intended to be kept in confidence. Shameful. Other Democrats should have called out these actions as below what the democrat party stands for.

    Likewise with Trump. The record is replete with lies, mischaracterizations, and low moral behavior by the President. Those within his own party that call out such behavior are quickly shown the door.

    Obama's line in the sand and keep your own doctors were stupid statements - and should have been called out, and were, but only by the other side.

    Trumps promise to bring back Coal, get ride of most all environmental protections, and tariff our trading partners into submission should have been called out. Some parts were called out by Republicans - but not enough.

    Trump calling someone else a liar - that is the quintessential example of hypocrisy - and even Hatch should have been able to call that out... but he didn't, and won't.

  • RedShirtUofU Andoria, UT
    Dec. 11, 2018 10:14 a.m.

    To "A W " but what laws has Trump broken? Can you actually name any?

    You do realize that Republicans are more likely to seek prosecution when one of their own breaks the law than Democrats do when one of their own breaks the law.

    To "ECR " what is really funny is the fact that it was Democrats that first accused Obama of not being a citizen. They also accused Cruz of not meeting the citizenship qualifications.

    To "Lia" you are welcome for Republicans stopping so many of Obama's plans. Had Obama kept his pace, we would still be suffering from the effects of the 2008 recession or worse.

  • There You Go Again St George, UT
    Dec. 11, 2018 9:39 a.m.

    Thank all of you DN readers for expressing your opinions.

    Thank you DN for approving these comments.

    Mr. Hatch is done...by his own standard...about 24 years too late.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Dec. 11, 2018 9:30 a.m.

    The First Law of Hatch: P/P = Partisanship over Principle

  • utahcoyote St. George, UT
    Dec. 11, 2018 9:20 a.m.

    orrin hatch perhaps the biggest moral relativist in history of american politics.

  • NeilT Harrisville, UT
    Dec. 11, 2018 9:12 a.m.

    Hatch said Democrats would anything to hurt the President. You could say the same thing about Republicans and President Obama. What hypocrites politicians are. Hatch blames Democrats for bring up the Presidents past. Happens all the time in politics. If Trump were a Democrat Republicans would have impeached his first year in office.

  • silo Sandy, UT
    Dec. 11, 2018 9:06 a.m.

    @flashback
    "Trump actually didn't do anything wrong paying off those two women. If he used campaign money, it was his own money he gave to the campaign."

    The FEC and the Department of Justice disagree with you. If you give money to your campaign, it's no longer your money, and you are subject to campaign and election law when spending that money, from that point forward. Not to mention the fact that Trump's actions are massive ethical violations even if they weren't deemed criminal (as they have been).

    "Obama got foreign contributions of over 2 million and as I recall"

    And the FEC considered Obama's case a reporting issue, without intent and thus proceeded with civil fines. In contrast, Trump's contributions were considered criminal, and with intent, so they are being handled by the Department of Justice as felonies.

    "Trumps amount paid to the two women was under $300,000."

    It has nothing to do with the amount. It has everything to do with intent. Trump intentionally ordered campaign dollars be used to buy silence from his mistresses. He committed a felony in doing so.

    Whataboutism doesn't even apply here.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    Dec. 11, 2018 9:04 a.m.

    Who elected this guy?

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 11, 2018 8:58 a.m.

    "...brushes off allegations that Trump was involved in crimes"

    Instead of a brush off, I wish the senator would give us a DETAILED explanation for his view.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    Dec. 11, 2018 8:56 a.m.

    And so Hatch ends his legacy with,
    "I don't care."

  • Lia Sandy, UT
    Dec. 11, 2018 8:47 a.m.

    Republicans did everything they could to derail anything Obama tried to get done.
    The world will be a better place when hatch is gone from office.

  • Daedalus, Stephen ARVADA, CO
    Dec. 11, 2018 8:38 a.m.

    Hatch and other Trump followers just solved the crime problem in America: remove the word 'crime' from our vocabulary.

    (psst: just kidding Trump followers, the world doesn't work that way)

  • J. Smith Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 11, 2018 8:27 a.m.

    Mr. Hatch:

    You hitched your legacy to the Trump train......

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Dec. 11, 2018 8:25 a.m.

    "Hatch said the Democrats would do anything to hurt the president."
    ____________________
    Yeah, right, Senator. Why pay attention to testimony. depositions, evidence, and all that noise when we could so easily close our eyes to anything discomforting? After all, it's Just one big witch hunt cooked up by sore loser Democrats, ain't it?

    So sad to see Hatch's once distinguished career ending on such a sour downhill slide.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Dec. 11, 2018 8:24 a.m.

    As a retired military enlisted and officer in the Army and Air Force active-Duty and Reserve in both services, I cannot believe Anyone would support him in his actions or inactions during the past two years.

    As a politician, elected members of our citizenship are to have the spirit of judgment for their constituents.

    That spirit lets us know the truth of all things.

    Some have left that spirit in their service and let pride and power take over in their existence on earth.

    Utahns basically Believe that honest men and women, and wise women and men should be sought for diligently, and good men and women and wise women and men should observe to uphold; otherwise whatsoever is less than these cometh of evil.

    The spirit of our Founding Fathers has been lacking in standing for the right or the Constitution of the United States of America.

    George Washington believed in God and fought for freedom so the truth and honesty could survive with our form of government.

    If a President supports our Russian enemies more than his own personal attorney, there could be a problem with his judgment and honor.

  • J. Smith Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 11, 2018 8:12 a.m.

    Orrin:

    On January 11, 2017, Donald Trump was asked in his first press conference after his shock election victory, "Did you or anyone in your campaign have any contact with Russia leading up to or during the campaign?" "No, not at all," Trump responded.

    Fact check: Senior members of his election campaign and his immediate family had repeated Russian contacts, over business and politics, during Trump's 2015-2016 battle for the White House.

    Investigators have records of emails, text messages, phone calls and face-to-face meetings showing frequent contact even as Moscow actively interfered with the election boost Trump's chances to win.

    Sincerely,
    A Utah Citizen

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Dec. 11, 2018 7:51 a.m.

    Wrong is wrong but we must respect the rule of law and parallels should not be drawn between alleged wrongdoings. Clinton was not charged and we must respect that decision.

    Trump deserves a fair investigation and is presumed innocent until otherwise. If he isn’t charged we have to drop it and respect that decision. I did not personally convict Clinton based on republican allegations and I will not do that to trump based on his haters.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Dec. 11, 2018 7:36 a.m.

    Trump actually didn't do anything wrong paying off those two women. If he used campaign money, it was his own money he gave to the campaign.

    Besides, Obama got foreign contributions of over 2 million and as I recall, they didn't charge anyone criminally but the FEC levied an over 300 thousand penalty.

    Trumps amount paid to the two women was under $300,000.

    Where is the crime?

  • stevo123 Driggs, ID
    Dec. 11, 2018 7:17 a.m.

    The good Senator has let his Medial of Freedom go to his head.

  • UtahBlueDevil Alpine, UT
    Dec. 11, 2018 6:44 a.m.

    Here is the problem with Hatch's comments. Last Saturday we had a brand new Hiesman Trophy winner. Not but a few hours later Kyler Murray had to explain tweets he had made when he was 14 and 15. Kyle quickly admitted to doing so, explained them as the actions of a young immature young man, and apologized.

    What we do before does matter. Owning up to those things matters. It shows to the character of the person, who they are today.

    Trump on the other hand denied knowing the women, then when that was proved to be not true, claimed he didn't make payments to the women, only to have that proven to be untrue. Now Trump claims he didn't direct or authorize Cohen made those payments. The Federal NY District prosecutors office feel they have enough evidence to prove otherwise.

    The problem with Trump there never is a) a single consistent story, 2) never an apology for making an mistake.

    Hatch says this doesn't all matter so long as the economy is doing great. The question is would this all be ok if the economy wasn't humming along? Is right or wrong dependent on wealth generated?

    Somewhere along the way Hatch seems to have modified his moral compass - which is a sad thing.

  • christoph Brigham City, UT
    Dec. 11, 2018 6:19 a.m.

    I've never supported Hatch until this year of 2018; he has had a great last year in office. And sadly, Mr. Mueller's investigation has gone to low point, starting with collusion and now into private affairs, which ironically, will also drag the 42nd president through the media again. The year of impeachment, of 1998, will be re-visited over and over again. Media lacks good positive stories, and life is beautiful for red states with community unity.

  • ECR Burke, VA
    Dec. 11, 2018 6:04 a.m.

    "Hatch said the Democrats would do anything to hurt the president."

    Has any Democrat yet accused the president of not being a citizen of the United States? Until that happens neither Trump nor Senator Hatch has nothing to complain about.

  • The Real Maverick Spanish Fork, UT
    Dec. 11, 2018 6:04 a.m.

    When the Dnews runs endless editorials asking “Why are we so divided” and runs more editorials asking, “For unification” please look back at Hatch’s comments.

    Hatch placing his buddy Donald and the Republican Party brand above ethics, laws, and his pledge to the constitution is why we are so divided.

    One political party doesn’t care what Donald does, they’ll defend him no matter what. This is what’s tearing up the country.

    Wake up!

    Facts matter! Laws matter!

  • J. Smith Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 11, 2018 5:50 a.m.

    Orin, Orin, Orin:

    Its the Justice Department of the United States of America that have identified crimes. Trump has been accused of crimes and the justice department is doing its job. Shame you and the rest of the republicans have allowed this charade to have gone on this long.

    American Citizen

  • Karen R. Houston, TX
    Dec. 11, 2018 4:15 a.m.

    This makes me sad for Sen. Hatch. It brings to mind the memoir of Albert Speer, who came across to me as genuinely at a loss as to why he, a decent, principled man, did not see what was right before him.

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 11, 2018 4:01 a.m.

    Second Try
    “if you want to you can blow it way out of proportion you can do a lot of things," Hatch said

    Of course Hatch is quoted as saying that Trump is the best president ever.

    Hatch thinks it is blown way out of proportion.

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    Dec. 11, 2018 3:31 a.m.

    What's the difference between the Russia collusion investigation and Santa Claus? One is a jolly old fellow who flies a sleigh powered by reindeer and the other is a myth.

  • Daedalus, Stephen ARVADA, CO
    Dec. 10, 2018 11:51 p.m.

    Moral relativism incarnate.

  • EDM Castle Valley, Utah
    Dec. 10, 2018 11:31 p.m.

    What a very, very sad end to his tenure in the Senate.

    Bleeding heart that I am, still, I used to be proud that our staple senator from Utah crossed the aisle for children’s health, teamwork with Ted Kennedy, and respect for process (confirmation of RBG on the Supreme Court, for one example.) Am I alone in having lost all respect? - I hope not.

  • Light and Liberty St George, UT
    Dec. 10, 2018 10:24 p.m.

    Hatch ended his career with a shining blow for liberty by supporting Donald Trump. Go Trump 2020! 'Ya did the right thing!'

  • Eddie Would Go , 00
    Dec. 10, 2018 9:52 p.m.

    How embarrassing are those statements from the senator who represented the great state of Utah for 4 decades?

    Wow....

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    Dec. 10, 2018 9:52 p.m.

    Given the nature of Trump and the Democrats in congress and the NY law enforcement folks it is obvious that he will be charged with something. Proving guilt may just be a lot harder. However, it seems the attempt by those pursuing Trump is to make him unelectable by bringing charges they cannot prove, in order to cause doubt among the more emotional and weak-minded voter.

  • Chungman St George, UT
    Dec. 10, 2018 9:39 p.m.

    I believe that Hatch is clueless.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    Dec. 10, 2018 9:23 p.m.

    Hatch is quoted as saying, "...you can make anything a crime under the current laws..." CNN had an interview clip of Hatch where he said that he didn't care if Trump broke any laws because he was a great president.

    Sad.

    Looking forward to Romney taking office and showing some moral backbone.

  • A W Benjamin, UT
    Dec. 10, 2018 8:56 p.m.

    Orrin Hatch, 1999: "Crimes of moral turpitude such as perjury and obstruction of justice go to the heart of qualification for public office."

    Orrin Hatch, 2010: "We conservatives...believe in the rule of law, the enforcement of our law, and the Constitution as written."

    Orrin Hatch, 2018: "You can make anything a crime under the current laws; if you want to you can blow it way out of proportion."

    Unfortunately, 2018 Hatch is all too representative of the national Republican Party leadership, who curiously abandoned those ideals they once touted, when it became politically expedient to sing a different tune.

    It is a betrayal of those of us who still hold those ideals, who counted on our leaders to be honorable enough to know where the lines should be drawn and to hold them against the forces of corruption.

  • joewillie12 Corpus Christi, TX
    Dec. 10, 2018 8:40 p.m.

    Consummate politician letting it hang out now that he's done in 3 weeks.

    Senator Hatch hasn't changed a bit from his first term. He's just able to be honest now. A real profile in courage.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Dec. 10, 2018 7:53 p.m.

    The perfect example of what happens when you outstay your welcome. Sad that he had to hang around just lob lg enough to soil his decades of service.

  • David Centerville, UT
    Dec. 10, 2018 7:16 p.m.

    I have a real concern about Hatch. He claims he doesn't care whether the accusations against Trump are true or not. If true, the accusations rise to criminal behavior--shouldn't this matter to every American?

    Hatch has his partisan blinders on rather than remembering his oath of office to defend the Constitution. It is far past time for Hatch to go.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Dec. 10, 2018 6:41 p.m.

    Two conclusions here.
    Either Hatch is clueless to what's going on. Or, he's complicit in his wrongdoings.

  • chopperdan Clovis, NM
    Dec. 10, 2018 6:07 p.m.

    Oh my gosh! You have got to be kidding me. There is a recording of Donald Trump directing his lawyer to make the payments! A misdemeanor is a small crime, but this is Federal Felony! Not only that but over 33 people are under investigation for contacts with the russians, been indicted or plead guilty to serious crimes. Most to, allegedly, help get him elected. He surrounds himself with people who do not tell the truth, and has a problem himself with telling the truth. Sen. Hatch’s support for him devalues marriages, the institution of the Senate and the people he represents. As a republican, I am appalled that Sen. Hatch plays politics with the truth and refuses to see what is plainly evident. This support only tarnishes his otherwise loyal honorable service to the State of Utah.