Rep. Chris Stewart wants FBI to 'crack' heads of classified info leakers

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  • Cheshire Cat Bronx, NY
    March 22, 2017 12:51 p.m.

    Sportsfan123 - Salt lake, UT
    March 22, 2017 9:57 a.m.

    "The CIA/FBI can listen in on anyone they want by sitting in a office at Langely and noone will know who is doing it. "

    Are you referring to the microwave oven in the break room at Trump Tower?

    Please tell us more on how such conclusions by Rep. Chris Stewart (R, UT 2nd) are achieved when the House investigation into the Trump-Russia connection is just beginning? Does Stewart just have a Sixth Sense into these matters and doesn't require anymore evidence to come out of the House Intelligence Committee? And if he is so sure of his conclusions, why does he differ so much from ranking member Rep Adam Schiff (D, CA 28th)?

    Perhaps the FBI/CIA have developed the technology to place listening devices into the shell of Donald Trump's favorite taco bowl lunch. Now that would be truly ingenious. There are many way of listening in on Trump that the aluminum-foil-hatted crowd are just learning about.

    Does Stewart have insight into Trump's "proof" he intends to release as some undisclosed future date? Perhaps it's with the "evidence" left behind in Hawai'i on Obama's birth certificate?

  • Sportsfan123 Salt lake, UT
    March 22, 2017 9:57 a.m.

    Thanks to GW Bush and passing the Patriot act, our inteligence agencies have run wild with electronic surveilance, illegal surveillance.

    Trump has good reason to believe someone has illegaly listened in on goings on in the Trump tower, because it has happened. The problem is he pointed the finger at the wrong person, Obama. Trump also used the same outdated term used by the NY Times, wiretapping when they published the article about wiretapping data being used against Trump associates. Wiretapping is physically placing a bug on a hotwire, someone would have to physically place the bug in the Trump tower. That is obsolete technology.

    The CIA/FBI can listen in on anyone they want by sitting in a office at Langely and noone will know who is doing it.

    The fact Trump used the outdated term wiretapping has given our inteligence community plausable deniability and they will beat this horse until its dead, wiretapping isnt used anymore so they can actual say there is no evidence of it because there isnt any. Yet Flynn was ousted by electronic surveillance data, and someone leaked it.

    Comey refuses to investigate the leak because it would indict the inteligence community who did it.

  • Sportsfan123 Salt lake, UT
    March 22, 2017 1:36 a.m.

    @all Trump haters, libs, dems

    Its funny you all are taking jabs at Rep. Chris Stewart who is part of the investigative commitee that has access to actual information in question regarding possible collusion between Russia and Trump aids and to how they (Russia) intended to influence the U.S. election process and because he isnt saying what you want to hear you start making disparaging comments about him.

    So whats more real? Your comments about Chris Stewart or Trumps tweets.

    Rep. Stewart just exposed the silly witch hunt that it is, as he said there is no more evidence of collusion of Trump associates with Russia than the silly assurtion of Trumps accusations of Obama wiretapping.

    O, but what is fact is that there are leaks from inside this sick and corrupted govt. From our very own inteligence community as evidenced by data leaked out about Micheal Flynns conversations with Russia. Yet what did Flynn actually say or do? Noone is saying. Therse other cases of leakes about Trumps conversations all coming from our very own inteligence agencies. Yet as Chris Stewart said he has seen no evidence of collusion.

    Maybe its the inteligence agencies that is the real problem here.

  • Janet Pete Salt Lake City, UT
    March 21, 2017 6:16 p.m.

    Yuge Opportunity Here - Mapleton, UT
    March 21, 2017 4:45 p.m.

    "Come now . . . "

    Is this your way of trying to distract from the topic? If you look at the story referenced, you will find it is just another of a long line of misinformation generated by wingnut radio talking heads. Listening to Rush Limbaugh all day long is detrimental to one's perception of the real world and critical thinking skills.

    Of course, you can believe anything you want and repeat it in these threads, but you should realize that others have access to legitimate news sources which often offer a more realistic explanation of events. Having others tell you what you may want to hear and reinforce your perception of things is certainly one way to function in a complex world.

    If you prefer to cite Breitbart, InfoWars, Fox & Friends, Trump tweets, and Rushbo, then OK. However, you should provide your sources before making such statements so we all know where you are getting your information. Apparently, Donald Trumps often watches Fox News (AKA Trump Propaganda Network) for his next series of tweets. But, then, he often just makes it up to stir the pot and get us all chasing rabbits.

  • Mad Hatter Provo, UT
    March 21, 2017 5:59 p.m.

    Apparently, like Jason Chaffetz, Chris Stewart will sell his soul out of partisan loyalty. Instead of focusing on the target, Stewart goes after those who exposed the treachery of the Trump campaign. Colluding with the Russian government, although not established as fact, has not been disproven as FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Adm. Mike Rogers have testified. This is not a done deal and attempts to blow smoke is not helping.

    Perhaps the worst statement of Monday's hearing was when Trey Gowdy (R, SC 4th) suggested that both Comey and Rogers were maintaining "a cloud of suspicion" on the Trump administration and that news reporters should be prosecuted for using information provided by government leaks to pursue news stories. This is akin to going after the person who calls the fire department for a far started by an arsonist. But then, Gowdy is only trying to recover from his embarrassing committee appearance in confronting Hillary Clinton over the Republican Benghazi investigation fiasco.

    Republicans need to explain why they find Russian government interference in our presidential election to be a non-issue. What is the price they will pay?

  • Cheshire Cat Bronx, NY
    March 21, 2017 5:44 p.m.

    Hutterite - American Fork, UT
    March 20, 2017 3:37 p.m.

    "Yes, the leaks are bad, and illegal."

    We're talking about "leaks" concerning the Trump campaign and its possible collusion with the Russian government, right? If anything, these are not "bad" and only "illegal" because the information is damaging to the current administration. Like Donald Trump says, " Any news that is critical of him or not in his best interests is 'fake news' and should be discounted by his supporters."

    We're talking about a president who wants to rule and control the nation like his favorite, best buddy, Vladimir Putin within a circle of secrecy. For the last 50 years the American people have wanted more transparency in government and each administration has limited access to information to some extent. President Obama was particularly criticized by the Republicans for not being transparent enough.

    Now we have the Trump administration which wants to operate like a private corporation within a shroud of compete secrecy. Fortunately, that's not the way it works. Estrangement of the press and intelligence agencies results in other methods to reveal the machinations of government.

  • Nichiro-san Salt Lake City, UT
    March 21, 2017 5:34 p.m.

    Not that it matters much, but if Hillary Clinton had become president and was trying to limit transparency of her administration and had contacts with a hostile foreign power to break American laws, the Republicans would be applauding any leaks that came out to expose her complicity.

    Unfortunately, people like Chris Stewart are playing partisan games, trying to distract from possible subordination of the American people by a foreign power intent on doing us harm. This is giving aid and comfort to a hostile entity rather than focusing on protecting the American people from the unlawful actions that so many Donald Trump supporters have both encouraged and endorsed.

    Giving a pass to Trump (regardless of how he may have colluded with or promoted cooperation with the Russian government and its intelligence agencies) shows a blatant disregard to American interests and values.

    In stark contrast to previous Republican policies, cozying up to the Putin regime while alienating many of our historic allies, is unfathomable except when it came down to doing the "unthinkable" to keep Hillary Clinton from becoming president.

  • parryj Provo, UT
    March 21, 2017 5:23 p.m.

    Shortly after Pres. Trump's tweet accusing former Pres. Obama of having his Trump Tower office bugged, Rep. Stewart said publicly that although there was no evidence yet of this wiretapping, the accusation, nevertheless, "didn't come out of thin air." Though less serious than the President's accusation, Rep. Stewart has supported and insinuated the same baseless accusation of a former president, and in response is now attacking "leakers" and bellowing that there is no evidence of collusion with the Russians. The FBI and NSA believe that there is credible evidence, hence their investigation. Rep. Stewart has now twice shown not only a dubious commitment to the truth and to justice, but has also done something very close to obstructing justice.

    This isn't just politics. It's dishonest, unethical behavior, bordering on illegal behavior, by a sitting member of Congress that smears the reputation of the state and district he represents, violates his oath to protect and defend the US Constitution, and potentially compromises the security of this nation. Rep. Stewart has much to answer for and hopefully won't dig the hole he's in any deeper.

  • Yuge Opportunity Here Mapleton, UT
    March 21, 2017 4:45 p.m.

    @Frozen
    Come now. Hillary's Russia connections were far more damning than Trump's praise for Putin's ability to get things done.

    Hillary signed off on the Uranium One sale just as Bill gave a $500K speech to the Russian atomic energy agency. And Podesta's BROTHER was the lobbyist who got paid $180K to put the deal together.

    Not to mention Hillary's brothers (Tony and Hugh) and their embarrassing deals with the Russians.

    @airnaut
    See my message to Frozen.
    Follow the money.

  • Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    March 21, 2017 4:32 p.m.

    If you watched much of the hearings of Comey and Rogers, you saw one political side getting angry at the information they were hearing, and one side getting angry only at the releasing of that information.

    Guess which side was which.

    Almost all the Republicans have sold out their country for a little political power. Ugh.

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    March 21, 2017 1:32 p.m.

    1st law of espionage - compromise.

    If you have smack on someone, you have their them.

    Trump's himself and his entire administration is chuck full of folks who are all about serving putting themselves first,
    and not about serving and putting their country first.

    Start your investigation there Mr. Stewart.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    March 21, 2017 12:18 p.m.

    @Yuge Opportunity Here
    "Hillary was playing the Russia card during the summer, warning us not to vote for Trump because he was cozy with Putin. (Now, how did SHE know all that before the Obama administration? Veeeery interesting.)"

    It was public knowledge that Trump had complimented Putin, had said he'd get along better with Russia than Hillary, had hired Manafort to be campaign manager who was previously working for the Putin-allyed leader in Ukraine. The only thing the Trump campaign pushed for in the party platform at the convention was softening on Ukraine, a shift in the direction Putin would like.

    It was obvious Trump was cozying up with Putin during the summer. You don't need any special info to know that, one just needed to be paying attention.

  • Jim Chee Ka'anapali, HI
    March 21, 2017 11:18 a.m.

    This is so hypocritical that it's not worth the time commenting. Apparently Chris Stewart is now Utah's primere Trump surrogate and defender of the indefensible.

    When transparency is gone, we have whistle blowers giving us information that requires news follow-up and exposure of lies. If the Trump administration was not so secretive in its desire to be a model of Vladimir Putin's authoritarian government, we would not have these leaks. But Donald Trump is trying to manipulate and push an agenda that is against everything American. Thus, we have those who would expose him.

    And then there are the Russians with their propaganda and attempts to cause confusion and chaos. Pay attention to the intelligence hearings. FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers put everything in place: Trump lies and no amount of denial and "leak hunt" will change this.

    Why is Trump so concerned about the leaks in the White House? Because they expose him for the danger he is to the American people and the fraud he is. Without them, we would know nothing of what is really going on. Simple fact that Stewart apparently refuses to acknowledge.

  • SG in SLC Salt Lake City, UT
    March 21, 2017 10:44 a.m.

    So, now we know the creed that Chris Stewart lives by as a Congressman:

    "Snitches get stitches!"

  • Primary Chorister Salt Lake City, UT
    March 21, 2017 10:05 a.m.

    If it is true that Putin worked to disrupt the 2016 presidential election, is it possible that he also tried to disrupt the 2012 election?
    Romney stated that Russia was our enemy.
    It seems that in 2012 Putin would have been hoping the Republican would not win the presidency.
    Did Russia help defeat Romney in 2012?

  • Cedarcreek320 Star Valley Ranch, WY
    March 21, 2017 9:33 a.m.

    The house is ablaze, Trump is running around with a box of matches, and all Stewart cares about is who called the fire department.

  • ODannyBoy Sandy, Utah
    March 21, 2017 9:02 a.m.

    "I hope you find those guys and I hope you crack them on the head," Stewart said.

    Remember those words, representative. And when it becomes obvious that some of the leaks are actually coming from / direct by Donald Trump himself, I hope you are first in line to "crack him on the head" - and hold the exit door open for him.

  • pwlohse Dueren, 00
    March 21, 2017 8:44 a.m.

    Trump supporters do not seem to understand that when the Democrats were targeted all America was attacked. In upcoming elections the Russians may select to damage the Republican Party. They are disruptors not people with a conservative agenda.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    March 21, 2017 8:30 a.m.

    Finding the leakers is a task for another time. Focusing on it is---in subtext---saying, "somebody did something very wrong, they told the police who killed that guy---that's being a rat fink!. Right.
    The most delicious thing about all of this is that it began with Donald Trump tweeting a about our former beloved president, of a Saturday morn not so long ago. That's one little tweety bird who, shall we say--got out of the cage and is now very hard to call back. Oooooh this is gonna be interesting and I mean "bigly" interesting. Watergate interesting.

  • There You Go Again St George, UT
    March 21, 2017 8:27 a.m.

    Leaks?

    Mr. trump was convicted of having a strange/convoluted relationship with the truth.

    No Problem.

    Deflect, Deny, Obstruct becomes the order of the day by re-Publicans to protect their beloved iPOTUS.

    Leaks...Leaks...Leaks...re-Publicans tell Americans...Leakers need to have their heads cracked.

    But... only when the leak(s) expose the re-Publican Political Machine/Cartel.

    Exactly.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    March 21, 2017 7:29 a.m.

    Stewart and the other Republicans want to divert our attention from the Russian-Trump connection. Their political power is far, far more important than the welfare and future of the United States of America. If the leaks reveal Russian interference and influence, and unmask a relationship between Trump and his team and Putin/Russia, then the leaks will have served a higher purpose. It's awful that Stewart and the Republicans want to kill the messenger rather than address the dire message.

  • Thomas Thompson SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    March 21, 2017 7:27 a.m.

    It's funny. Rep. Stewart says he's most interested in punishing the whistleblowers. Shouldn't we first investigate what they uncovered?

  • Dave T in Ogden Ogden, UT
    March 21, 2017 6:28 a.m.

    Reasons for looking into the Trump-Russia connections with open eyes:
    Major power grid outage in the US,
    Military communications goes out,
    Major industries, banking, airlines, food distribution software no longer works due to hacking, It is known many of Trump's personnel picks are poorly vetted, who in turn will hire poorly vetted, possible Russia sympathizers into vital positions, (power stations personnel, Pentagon, Airline industries, etc.)
    All these new hires will need to do is just open an infected e-mail sent by Russia to do us harm, like that mentioned above.
    Though the Republicans have so much hate toward the Democrats/liberals, they are not considering this possibility - thus Russia will soon say against the US - CHECK MATE!

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    March 21, 2017 6:28 a.m.

    The news yesterday, today and tomorrow is not about the leaks. It took decades to find out who ratted out Nixon to Woodward and Bernstein. And, it happened to be true. The leaks are not the problem, lying and possible collusion are. Let the facts take us where they will. If leaks help, so be it.

    I got a real problem with the Republican party trying to convince us that the leaks are the problem. And what if we find out that some of the leaks regarding the Trump administration acutally come from the Trump administration?

    Let's get real folks. As someone else has said, the house is on fire. Let's investigate who lit the matches and who is lying to the American people. Then do something about it. Our nation is in grave danger.

    Sad

  • Moderate Thinking Logan, UT
    March 20, 2017 10:35 p.m.

    Gary Kasparov (Russian democracy activist and Putin critic) tweeted today: "The house is on fire, Trump is running around with a box of matches, and the GOP demands to know who called the fire department."

    So, Rep. Stewart says that the committee sees zero evidence regarding any collusion between Trump campaign and Russian officials. Yet Comey then says that there is still an active investigation. Was Stewart's definitive statement a bit premature?

    It seems to me that Rep. Stewart needs to take a different approach. Instead of denying collusion now, say "we look forward to hearing the conclusions of the FBI once they are concluded. If there was any evidence of collusion, then we need to see it. If there was none, then the campaign deserves to be exonerated."

    Yes, leaking classified info is bad, and I know this as one who deals with it regularly. But it pales in comparison to a President who tweeting unsubstantiated claims about being "wiretapped." Rep. Stewart, please don't ignore the bigger problems here. We don't need a whitewash.

    If Trump is truly innocent, we deserve to know. But if he isn't, then he doesn't deserve to be president.

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    March 20, 2017 9:56 p.m.

    The hearing today with Director Comey was Congress trying to get an answer on Trump's wild accusation that Obama had him wire-tapped.

    (That Trump wants to change the law to make it much easier for citizens to sue for libel is irony-on-steroids.)

    Like a trial lawyer with a weak case, Chris Stewart didn't defend or support Trump on the primary question.

    Instead, he changed the subject, tacitly joining those who've condemned Trump for telling a whopper.

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    March 20, 2017 9:25 p.m.

    No need to "crack heads", just file felony charges. That would do just fine.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    March 20, 2017 8:47 p.m.

    "he Director confirmed that there is an ongoing investigation of the connection between campaigns and the Russians. How do you do that without wiretapping or surveillance?"

    Because the FBI was tapping and monitoring the Russians, like they have been doing for the last 70 years. What is amazing is some were foolish enough to not assume that the Russians were being watched. There are two ends to every phone connection. You don't have to tap phones in Trump Tower to intercept calls coming into Russian phones.

    Is that such a hard concept? And all of a sudden.... conservatives no longer think Russians are a risk. Lets not forget that it was pretty much Comey who delivered the election to Trump by his comments that Hillary's compaign was also being watched.

    Russians good. Media bad. FBI now bad. Judicial system bad. Conservatism has been turned on its head.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    March 20, 2017 7:14 p.m.

    "Rep. Chris Stewart wants FBI to 'crack' heads of classified info leakers"

    Right!

    Basically, the Democrats want to find out the depth of collusion between the Russians and the Republicans who were aided in their election campaigns BY the Russians.

    And the Republicans, of course, are set on punishing the leakers, who leaked damning information about the Trump camp's relations with Russia.

    Stewart's first focus is to PROTECT the Russians, our greatest geopolitical foe. After all, it was they who worked to ensure Republican victories last November.

    Should we be surprised that the first priority for the Party of Treason is to protect the enemy?

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    March 20, 2017 7:04 p.m.

    "Obviously Comey is attempting another huge diversion from the real problem..."

    Wow. You Republicans are amazing. The intelligence committee admits they have a potential criminal investigation on going into the actions of a sitting President and his associates. They definitively say the sitting President falsely accused the former President of a criminal security act, and you all are all exercised about where the information came from.....to the extent that the WH has suggested the press who received the information should be prosecuted.

    History changing stories have always come from "leaks". Just think what the world would have looked like if "deep throat" were the story and conclusion of Watergate.

    "If" the dots connect here like they may...Iraq has WMD will look like the actions of ignorant ideologues, and of course, you can keep your doctor is all ready the play ground chatter of children.

    Trump's expanded ego will be his demise...and demise it will be.

  • JBs Logan, UT
    March 20, 2017 6:25 p.m.

    Why isn't Rep Stewart as concerned about Russia undermining this country through influencing our elections as he is about the leaks?

    While I agree that the leaks are dangerous, it is also dangerous to our democracy when a foreign country tries to destroy us. A little concern on Stewart's part would be appropriate.

    Pushing about the leaks is a diversionary tactic on the part of Repubs. It distracts us from scrutinizing the president's tweets too closely.

  • wide_awake Montpelier, ID
    March 20, 2017 6:19 p.m.

    The Russians didn't even have to hack the election count, per se, to impact the election results. By calling attention to the FBI investigation of Hillary's emails (which came to nothing) but NOT calling to what was an ongoing investigation of links between the Trump campaign and the Russians, Comey basically did the bidding of Putin. This clearly effected the election result, which came down to just thousands of votes in a few battleground states. Would Hillary have won were it not for Comey? Who knows. Did Comey and the Russians impact our election for President? Certainly. Any decent American, right or left, should support a thorough investigation. Leaks are surely a concern, but Stewart's focus on the leaks is disingenuous at best.

  • Jimbo Low PLEASANT GROVE, UT
    March 20, 2017 6:12 p.m.

    @Hutterite:
    "No evidence of wiretapping or surveillance."
    You weren't listening today....or reasoning very well. The Director confirmed that there is an ongoing investigation of the connection between campaigns and the Russians. How do you do that without wiretapping or surveillance?
    What Comey narrowly answered was there was no evidence "Obama wiretapped Trump Tower." That could mean literally nothing worth even pondering. Of course you could also technically say Hitler did not start WWII. It was his field commanders that invaded Poland dontcha know.
    Obviously Comey is attempting another huge diversion from the real problem that Stewart has correctly stated that Government Officials are leaking information to the Press in a public manner as well as illegal and partisan hacking of Americans. That hits way too close to home for Comey and he would rather we be focused on those pesky Russians.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    March 20, 2017 6:07 p.m.

    Most people concerned with treason.

  • Hugh1 Denver, CO
    March 20, 2017 6:01 p.m.

    I want to know one thing, did Trump and/or his senior staff knowingly collude with Russian operatives in a dirty tricks campaign in an atteppt to win the 2018 election?

    Trump's lies, while serious, and leakers actions, that are just as serious, are not the big story. I want to know if anyone worked with our enemies for their own personal gain - that's the story.

    If there is no link, then this matter is of little consequence. Is there is collusion with the Russians, Trump's days in the White House are limited.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    March 20, 2017 5:56 p.m.

    Really - this is the take away that the DN got from the hearings today? The leaks were the real issue? Not that Trumps claims were refuted? Or that the FBI admitted that there is an ongoing investigation into the Trump campaign with the Russians? The big story is that it was leaked?

    Why is it that "conservatives" just seem to not care that the Russians tried to influence this last election by various means? Who cares who the candidates were, or who even won. The fact that there was enough evidence of possible collusion to investigate.... and because it was a fellow Republican being investigated, they want to sweep it under the rug. I don't get it.

    Republicans and democrats alike should want answers to who and how... because next time it may go in the other direction.

  • Utefan60 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 20, 2017 5:40 p.m.

    The biggest "leak" and the most dishonest thing that I have seen in all of this is the "leak" done by the FBI Director, Comey just days before the Presidential election. This leak that there was yet again another "investigation" into someone's computer was the nail in the coffin by the dishonest GOP in their lies and falsehoods about Hillary Clinton.

    We find out today that the FBI was investigating Trump and the Russians at the same time, but Comey only divulged the investigation about Clinton. He conveniently forgot to let Americans know that Trump was under investigation. This stinks to partisan GOP politics.

    That of course influenced the outcome of the election far more than the Russian connections. This leak is squarely on FBI Director, Comey. This was an act of treason on his part. Yet the GOP applauded this fraud with open arms. Now they are the ones under investigation and the GOP wants to find these "leaks"? Stewart is now coming forward? Where was he when his party was allowing this fraud against Hillary?

    BTW, there was nothing found in that disgusting "leak" by Comey, but it did the damage that the GOP hoped for. Investigate him now too!

  • Unreconstructed Reb Chantilly, VA
    March 20, 2017 5:35 p.m.

    As chessmaster Garry Kasparov put it, "The house is on fire, Trump is running around with a box of matches, and the GOP demands to know who called the fire department."

  • Yuge Opportunity Here Mapleton, UT
    March 20, 2017 5:31 p.m.

    Apparently the FBI doesn't have a calendar. And Obama is slow on the uptake.

    Obama was telling Putin to "cut it out" in early September. And before the election Obama swore there was no way Russia could throw the election.

    Along comes December and Barack is calling for the FBI to investigate and throwing out the Russian diplomats.

    But the REAL timeline precedes even December. Hillary was playing the Russia card during the summer, warning us not to vote for Trump because he was cozy with Putin. (Now, how did SHE know all that before the Obama administration? Veeeery interesting.)

    These guys are proving that if you want accurate, nonpartisan intel...ask Julian Assange.

  • JLindow St George, UT
    March 20, 2017 5:20 p.m.

    "Comey testified that U.S. intelligence agencies are agreed that Russia's aim evolved into an effort during the election to aid Trump over Clinton."

    "'They wanted to hurt our democracy, hurt her, help him,' Comey said."

    Comey, the guy who tipped the scales in favor of Trump by his strategically timed release of information about alleged new Clinton emails, said that.

    My head hurts.

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    March 20, 2017 4:56 p.m.

    Look tough guy, it's very possible the leakers work in the Trump White House. It's also possible they may have been invoking their "patriotic duty" to highlight corruption and serious threats to our democracy.

    All we do know is that Trump lied about Obama wiretapping him and Rep. Stewart defended Trump to the very possible last minute.

  • Todd from Santa Ana Encampment, WY
    March 20, 2017 4:49 p.m.

    He didn't mind the leaks when they were about Clinton. How can you take any partisan seriously?

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    March 20, 2017 4:39 p.m.

    Chris Stewart calls the leakers "cowards"... but he won't hold a town hall, because he's afraid of his own constituents.

    How do these people get elected... and re-elected?

    Oh yeah...

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    March 20, 2017 4:24 p.m.

    The Utah Republican criticized government officials of "hiding behind" newspaper reporters to get out information, including allegedly wrong information. He described the people who leak classified data as "arrogant" and "cowards" because they won't stand up to the make their case."I hope you find those guys and I hope you crack them on the head," Stewart said.
    So what do we do about an arrogant president who cowardly alleged wrong information, when he likened Obama to "Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!" in a series of Twitter posts earlier this year.

    "We don't have any information that supports those tweets," Comey testified.

    Trump continues to denigrate the office of president with his daily lies.
    Comey testified that U.S. intelligence agencies are agreed that Russia's aim evolved into an effort during the election to aid Trump over Clinton. "They wanted to hurt our democracy, hurt her, help him," Comey said.

    But Chris knows better and trusts the Russians and Trump over out intelligence agencies.

    Sad, unpatriotic partisan hack, thanks for protecting russia and donald instead of your constituents.

  • Baccus0902 Leesburg, VA
    March 20, 2017 3:57 p.m.

    Stewart, Chaffetz, Lee, Hatch, Come on Utah! You can do better than these characters.
    I don't mind that you send Conservatives/Republican candidates to Congress. But, you can send smarter and more capable individuals. Remember, they not only work for Utah but for the whole country.

    I know well educated Utahans, smart and sophisticated, yes! many Democrats but also many Republicans.

    Please send at least candidates that will place country above party.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 20, 2017 3:37 p.m.

    Yes, the leaks are bad, and illegal. Can you imagine the conditions that are leading otherwise decent, law abiding people with long careers to take this risk? Often because they feel a moral imperative to inform the American public?
    Yet, let's not let this or the Gorsuch hearings distract us from the yet here unpublished headline. No evidence of wiretapping or surveillance.
    They're going to the mat with it anyway, doing substantial and total unnecessary harm to the president, the presidency, and the nation. It's incredibly irresponsible and a sign of serious problems.
    Are they going to continue to try to lead us down this rabbit hole in some serious sense? If so, is this real, is the delusion and self confidence so intense? Or is this just a ruse, a distraction from those pesky Russians?