Commentary: Some questions of my own for Rep. Chris Stewart

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart speaks during a news conference about the National Suicide Prevention Hotline Improvement Act being signed into law. Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018.

So, Rep. Chris Stewart, you have some questions you want to ask Robert Mueller? Why don’t you answer some of your constituents questions first about what the Mueller Report found?

Why do you think it’s OK for the Russians to offer dirt on a Democratic candidate for president to the Trump campaign as part of Russia’s effort to interfere in the 2016 election?

Why do you think it’s OK for the president’s son, when offered said dirt, didn’t contact the FBI nor refuse that help but rather responded he would love the help of the Russians and scheduled a meeting with the Russians along with the campaign manager Paul Manafort and the president’s son-in-law to discuss?

Why do you think it’s OK that the president’s son was disappointed with said dirt and that it was wasn’t better?

Why do you think it’s ok that, a year after that meeting took place, the Trump campaign lied about that meeting? That the president reportedly issued a statement to further that lie?

Why do you think it’s OK that the Trump campaign manager offered campaign information/polling data to a Russian oligarch linked to Russian intelligence?

Why do you think it’s OK that the president publicly requested that the Russians hack a political opponents server and, four hours later, they attempted to do just that?

Why do you think it’s OK that the president’s son-in-law attempted to establish a secret back channel with the Russians through a Russian diplomatic facility?

Why do you think it’s OK that an associate of the president (Roger Stone) was in contact with the Russian GRU through a contact named “Guccifer 2.0”?

Why do you think it’s OK that the Trump-designated national security advisor secretly met with the Russian ambassador to undermine United States sanctions against the Russian government and that he lied about it to the F.B.I?

If you recognize some of these questions, Rep. Stewart, they are directly from the House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, who posed these to you and the other Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee. Let’s not forget that the Mueller report issued 38 indictments/pleas, five prison sentences and 215 charges and took 22 months. For reference, compare that to the Benghazi investigation, which you were salivating over, took 72 months, produced zero indictments/pleas, zero charges and zero prison sentences, and yet you still cling to some conspiracy theory.

I haven’t even touched on the 10 instances that Robert Mueller identified where President Trump obstructed justice. Those alone call for Congress to impeach this president.

You see, Rep. Stewart, some of your constituents can read and comprehend what Robert Mueller was attempting to do with his report’s conclusions. He was handing it off to Congress to do its constitutional duties, which you and your fellow Republicans refuse to do.

Rep. Stewart, if you substituted Trump’s name in the Mueller report with Hillary Clinton’s name you would be climbing the statue of Moroni screaming for her head. Or imagine that a 2020 Democratic candidate openly courted the Chinese or North Koreans to help find Donald Trump’s tax returns. We all know that your partisan leanings would have you on any Fox News program that offered you two minutes to scream treason!

The president’s behavior, along with some members of his 2016 campaign staff, could be described as unethical, immoral and unpatriotic. Those are the words I would use to describe your response to the Mueller report.

Congratulations, Rep. Stewart, you are now drinking the Kool Aid that the Russians intended for you to drink.

Ryan Hinkins

Ryan Hinkins, Salt Lake City, is a retired professional who is an outdoor enthusiast with an interest in advancing the interests beneficial to the 99% of us.