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Courtney Tanner

Reporter, Government

801-257-8788, ctanner@sltrib.com


  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Members of the audience hold up signs as U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, speaks during the town-hall meeting in Brighton High School Thursday February 9, 2017. Don’t hold town-hall meetings, Utah GOP leader says; Chaffetz disagrees
    The state’s congressional leaders should skip or delay hosting town-hall meetings for their own safety after the “intimidation and violence” at one he...
    Updated Feb 17 2017 01:50 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Gov. Gary Herbert answers questions during his daily press conference, Thursday, February 12, 2015. He was asked if he has, or would officiate a same-sex wedding, and he answered that he would probably politely decline. Gov. Gary Herbert says President Trump’s inexperience shows
    President Donald Trump is like a first-time plumber trying to fix a leaky pipe: inept, inexperienced and a little unaware — that’s according to Gov. G...
    Updated Feb 16 2017 11:31 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, speaks during the town-hall meeting in Brighton High School Thursday February 9, 2017. Chaffetz’s unsubstantiated claim of out-of-state professional agitators fuels more anger
    Washington • Some Utahns, outraged at Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s unsubstantiated claim that paid protesters infiltrated his raucous town-hall meeting last ...
    Updated Feb 13 2017 11:21 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, listens to a question during the town-hall meeting in Brighton High School Thursday February 9, 2017. Utahns drown out Chaffetz with demand to 'explain yourself' at tense town hall
    Feeling left out by Congress, a mostly liberal crowd assails the Republican with demands that include “Do your job” and “Explain yourself.”...

    Updated Feb 16 2017 06:32 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, in conversation with Noor Ul-Hasan following a meeting with members of Utah’s Islamic Community in Salt Lake City, Wednesday February 8, 2017. At right is Aden Batar. Chaffetz meets with Utah Muslims to address Trump’s ban
    A woman in a black hijab turned to Rep. Jason Chaffetz, cutting him off midsentence, to say: You cannot equate Muslims with terrorism. “Right,” the co...
    Updated Feb 09 2017 09:06 am   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)     Rep. Jason Chaffetz talks with news media during Republican Party Election Night Victory Party at Rice-Eccles Stadium on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City Tuesday November 8, 2016. Chaffetz town hall meeting in Utah will be packed — and stacked
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Thursday’s event is available to watch here. In advance of Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s town hall meeting Thursday night, the Salt Lake Coun...
    Updated Feb 09 2017 08:37 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, talks with constituents from Utah during a reception in the Oversight Committee Room in the Rayburn House Office Building Thursday January 19, 2017. Utah’s Lee backs Trump’s authority for immigration ban
    Though a federal court blocked President Donald Trump’s immigration order, Sen. Mike Lee suggested that the executive action “could certainly be imple...
    Updated Feb 07 2017 11:13 am   |     |   Share

  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Local refugees, government leaders and activists marched on the Utah State Capitol Building, Saturday, February 4th to send a  message to the world that refugees are welcome in Utah. The march, that included thousands, went from the Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building to the State Capitol. ‘Immigrants are welcome here,’ chanted thousands of Utahns rallying for refugees
    It’s been six months since Zainab Omar last saw her two sons. She doesn’t like talking about them, and pulls a purple beaded hijab tighter around her...
    Updated Feb 04 2017 09:29 pm   |     |   Share

  • |  courtesy of Julia Silge  A screenshot of Julia Silge’s pizza order for Sen. Orrin Hatch. Hatch’s voicemail box was full, so Utah voter tried a pizza box
    When Julia Silge couldn’t reach Sen. Orrin Hatch’s office by phone, she thought of another way to get her message through: a ham-and-pineapple pizza. ...
    Updated Feb 06 2017 11:02 am   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin  |  Tribune file photo)    Sen. Orrin Hatch addresses the crowd during the GOP election night party at the Hilton in downtown Salt Lake City shorty after Republicans secured a majority in the Senate, Tuesday November 4, 2014. Sen. Orrin Hatch signals possible repair, rather than repeal, of Obamacare
    After initially and aggressively calling for a swift repeal of the Affordable Care Act, Sen. Orrin Hatch said Thursday that he is open to repairing — ...
    Updated Feb 03 2017 07:09 pm   |     |   Share

  • Manuel Balce Ceneta  |  AP file photo Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, speaks to reporters as he leaves a House Republican Caucus meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. Utah’s Chaffetz backs off on plan to sell off ‘excess’ public lands
    Over “fear it sends the wrong message,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz will abandon his bill that called on the Interior Department to dispose of or sell 3.3 mil...
    Updated Feb 02 2017 11:34 pm   |     |   Share

  • Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch, right, meets with Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah In Hatch’s office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) Utah’s Hatch meets with Trump’s Supreme Court pick Gorsuch
    Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, sat down Wednesday afternoon with President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch. Hatch, as the former...
    Updated Feb 02 2017 11:26 am   |     |   Share

  • Judge Neil Gorsuch speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, after President Donald Trump announced Gorsuch as his nominee for the Supreme Court.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) Utah senators praise Gorsuch, who’s sided with religious and conservative sides from bench
    Washington • Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee offered their glove-in-hand support on Tuesday for the fight to confirm President Donald Trump’s pick for ...
    Updated Feb 01 2017 03:44 am   |     |   Share

  • FILE - Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, left, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., right, walk together as Graham and other senators rush to the floor for a vote to end debate on the Democrats’ plan to restore lower interest rates on student loans one week after Congress’ inaction caused those rates to double, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. The White House and most Senate Democrats favored restoring interest rates on subsidized Stafford loans to 3.4 percent for another year, but lawmakers failed to muster the necessary 60 votes to overcome a procedural hurdle.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Utahns frustrated at full voicemail boxes in congressional offices
    Over the past week, Jessica Steele has tried calling Sen. Orrin Hatch’s office three times to voice her concerns about President Donald Trump’s admini...
    Updated Jan 31 2017 10:48 pm   |     |   Share

  • President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with business leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) At least 64 refugees can't come to Utah due to Trump's order
    As Aden Batar spoke on the phone, several new alerts popped into his email inbox: one flight canceled from Congo, another from Somalia. “The lists ju...
    Updated Jan 31 2017 11:40 am   |     |   Share

  • ADDS THAT RUSSIAN NEWS AGENCIES REPORTED THAT THE MEETING WAS HELD AT AN EARLIER DATE  In this image supplied by the Presidential Press Service Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with the regional leader of Karelia in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, March 11, 2015 . The Kremlin’s press service attempted to dispel the rumors about Putin’s  health Wednesday by issuing a photo of a meeting between Putin and the regional governor of Karelia. However, local news agencies had reported on the meeting as early as March 5. Russian news agency RBC cited an anonymous source in the Karelian governor’s office as saying that the meeting had actually taken place March 4. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service) Poll: Utahns back congressional probe of Russian hacking in 2016 election
    Washington • The U.S. House and Senate intelligence committees launched investigations Wednesday into Russian attempts to influence the recent preside...
    Updated Jan 25 2017 11:07 pm   |     |   Share

  • |  Courtesy of the Evan McMullin campaign  Presidential candidate Evan McMullin mingles with attendees of his town-hall meeting in a Provo library on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. Evan McMullin launches grass-roots movement to counter Trump
    Washington • Former independent presidential candidate and Utah native Evan McMullin on Wednesday launched what he hopes will be a grass-roots movemen...
    Updated Jan 25 2017 08:25 pm   |     |   Share

  • Walter M. Shaub Jr., director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, arrives for a scheduled meeting with the leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Chaffetz on meeting with ethics watchdog: ‘Everybody’s blood pressure is coming down here’
    Rep. Jason Chaffetz met Monday with the federal ethics official he chided for criticizing President Donald Trump’s plans to handle business interests,...
    Updated Jan 23 2017 09:57 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Protesters march from the National Mall to The White House during the Women’s March on Washington  Saturday January 21, 2017. Among the massive Women’s March crowd in Washington — Utahns who want their voices heard
    Washington • Women, men and children, estimated at a half million, swarmed the National Mall on Saturday. Though angry, frustrated and scared, they ho...
    Updated Feb 02 2017 01:06 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Robert and Anna Woodruff, of South Jordan, talk before the 58th Presidential Inauguration Ceremony at the U.S. Capitol Friday January 20, 2017. Utah couple hopeful America’s new president will achieve greatness
    Washington • When Robert Woodruff heard the three men in front of him praising Donald Trump, he leaned forward and embraced the strangers in a hug, sp...
    Updated Jan 21 2017 10:28 am   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   The name tag for Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, in the Oversight Committee Room in the Rayburn House Office Building Thursday January 19, 2017. Chaffetz actually skipped the meeting, says ethics watchdog he lambasted
    Washington • The federal ethics official whom Rep. Jason Chaffetz lambasted last week for refusing to meet with him pointed to newly disclosed emails ...
    Updated Jan 20 2017 08:35 am   |     |   Share

  • FILE - House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman questions a witness during the committee’s hearing on how a small gyrocopter entered restricted airspace and landed on the West Lawn of the Capitol, in Washington, Wednesday, April 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) Utahns want Chaffetz to probe Trump conflicts, ethics official responds to Chaffetz
    Utahns overwhelmingly want Rep. Jason Chaffetz, as chairman of the House Oversight Committee, to investigate President-elect Donald Trump’s potential ...
    Updated Jan 31 2017 07:50 pm   |     |   Share

  • This Jan. 20, 2016, photo, U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, speaks during news conference, in Salt Lake City. Chaffetz says he’ll vote for Donald Trump, despite withdrawing his endorsement. The Republican chairman of the House oversight committee said in a tweet on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, he’d doing it because he believes Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is bad for the country, but he won’t defend or endorse the Republican nominee. A spokeswoman confirmed the tweet Thursday. Chaffetz says a third-party candidate wouldn’t have a serious chance of winning. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Chaffetz won’t launch ‘fishing expedition’ into Trump’s finances
    Rep. Jason Chaffetz has no plans to dig into President-elect Donald Trump’s business dealings, including potential ties with Russia, saying to do so w...
    Updated Jan 17 2017 06:15 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Sarita Gaytan poses for a photo on her porch in Salt Lake City. Gaytan plans to attend Trump’s inauguration and the women’s march in D.C..  Friday, January 13, 2017. Meet the Utahns going to Washington to celebrate — and protest — Trump’s inauguration
    Hundreds of thousands of Americans will descend on Washington, D.C., this week to celebrate — and to protest — the inauguration of President-elect Do...
    Updated Jan 15 2017 09:18 am   |     |   Share

  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Bears Ears Buttes are located near Comb Ridge, a few miles from Bluff. The area is part of the newly designated Bears Ears National Monument. Hatch prods Interior nominee to help ‘repair damage’ of national monuments
    After meeting with President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Interior Department on Thursday, Sen. Orrin Hatch said he sees in the nominee a pot...
    Updated Jan 13 2017 12:15 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin / Tribune file photo)     Rep. Chris Stewart talks with he media during Republican Party Election Night Victory Party at Rice-Eccles Stadium on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City Tuesday November 8, 2016. Utah Rep. Chris Stewart selected to lead House subcommittee on intelligence
    Rep. Chris Stewart, a former Air Force pilot, has been named chairman of a House intelligence subcommittee that oversees the Department of Defense. S...
    Updated Jan 11 2017 09:09 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Al Hartmann  |  Tribune file photo)   Backpacker explores an unknown Anasazi ruin under a sandstone alcove in a canyon on Cedar Mesa in San Juan County.  The area is included in the Bears Ears National Monument. Utah Sens. Orrin Hatch, Mike Lee push to rein in presidential power in wake of Bears Ears
    Little more than a week after President Barack Obama’s designation of Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah, Republicans in the U.S. Senat...
    Updated Jan 31 2017 07:53 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah State Prison librarian, Christie Jensen, shows one of the well-loved books with a semi-circled spine. Jensen and her staff maintain and repair books on site. Why are these two books banned at the Utah State prison?
    For the inmates locked up at the Utah State Prison, copies of John Grisham’s “A Time to Kill,” the classic “Crime and Punishment” and each installment...
    Updated Jan 09 2017 11:52 am   |     |   Share

  • Courtesy  |  Utah Highway Patrol  A woman is dead after a crash in Box Elder County on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017. Woman dies in Box Elder County crash
    After losing control on a strip of slush, a driver in Box Elder County struck two cars Saturday evening, leaving one woman dead and another with minor...
    Updated Jan 07 2017 07:42 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin /  Tribune file photo)     Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah. Utah’s Chris Stewart walks back ‘BS’ comment on Russian hacking, says information was withheld
    The findings of a newly released intelligence report contradict, in part, statements from Utah Rep. Chris Stewart, a member of the House Intelligence ...
    Updated Jan 06 2017 10:41 pm   |     |   Share