I'm deeply troubled by President Trump's apparent disregard for the rule of law, both when it comes to accepting or turning a blind-eye to foreign interference in elections and to tolerating repeated violations of the Hatch Act.

It is one thing to argue that a campaign did not seek or was mistaken in receiving foreign help but did so unintentionally. It is quite another to brazenly argue that you would do so again, in full knowledge that this would violate the law.

The claim that "everyone" does this is morally empty and disingenuous. President Trump may disagree with the Hatch Act. It may indeed be time for Congress to revisit the law. But it is the law and I'm befuddled as to why we should tolerate any violations, whether it's Kellyanne Conway, or an advisor to a future Democratic president.

Can anyone truly argue that if Rahm Emmanuel or Valerie Jarrett had done such a thing that you would stay silent? I am not a member of the Republican Party, the dominant party in Utah. Yet, I hope as Utahns we can all agree that the rule of law is paramount, and that Congress should speak with one voice — that no one, Republican or Democrat, is above the law.

— Thomas Haymore, Provo

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