"I would just ask that they consider the source and they try their best to get it right. I respect their judgement and responsibility they have to represent the people, but I sure hope they get it right," said Swallow, a former Utah House member.
Swallow is the subject of at least two investigations and two complaints to the Utah State Bar.
The Department of Justice Public Integrity Section is investigating Swallow's dealings with Johnson and other entrepreneurs.
Last week, imprisoned businessman Marc Sessions Jenson produced receipts showing he covered Swallow's expenses for three trips to a ritzy Southern California resort in 2009.
Jenson said Swallow, in private practice at the time, bragged that he would soon be working as the attorney general's chief deputy and could help with his legal troubles.
Swallow said he couldn't talk any more about Jenson because his office is currently prosecuting him on new fraud charges.
But he did say, "As a private lawyer, you talk to people about legal representation. "Even if you don't end up representing them, there's nothing wrong with that."
Lt. Gov. Greg Bell is appointing special counsel to determine whether Swallow violated Utah election laws, specifically failing to disclose his interest in a consulting firm and a family trust and payments he received from another consulting job.
Swallow said he followed the advice of his estate planning attorney who told him he didn't need to provide that information because he was neither a trustee nor a beneficiary of the trust.
He said he believes the elections office has completed its investigation.
"All they need is, I believe, someone to look at what the facts are and decide whether or not that complies with the law," Swallow said.
The Democratic-leaning Alliance for a Better Utah and a former director of the state Divisions of Consumer Protection allege professional misconduct in separate complaints to the state bar.
Swallow said those complaints are being used as a "political weapon" and should have remained confidential.
"For someone to have filed it and then have released it to the media shows animosity and political agendas, rather than getting to the truth of something," he said.
In the interviews, Swallow said all the stories about him have been one-sided. Given the opportunity to tell his side, he cited the federal investigation and said when he speaks publicly, he wants it to be about attorney general business.
Despite the cloud hanging over the office, Swallow said, he put his "white shirt and tie" on and goes to work every day. He said he's moving forward with his agenda and goals to stand up for the state and to protect children and the rights of Utahns.
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