On March 12, the Republican-led House Intelligence Committee released its findings regarding interference and collusion in the 2016 presidential election. The results of their finding are not surprising, given that they hold a 13-to-9 advantage in representation in this committee. Democrats on the committee do not agree with the Republicans’ findings.

What is surprising is that Republican findings contradict those of the intelligence community — the FBI, the CIA and the DNI. Last May, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation) appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel. The objective of this was to have an unbiased investigation into the allegations of potential Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election and collusion by Donald Trump and his campaign with the Russians to impact the outcome of the same election.

While Trump is lauding the findings of the House Intelligence Committee, that is like praising his daughter Ivanka for declaring his innocence regarding allegations of sexual abuse by 19 women. It’s just biased and unbelievable. Let the special counsel get to the bottom of this investigation.

Steve Tippetts, Salt Lake City