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Published: Thursday, Jan. 24 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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Mike in Cedar City
Cedar City, Utah

Does this smell very bad, or is this just a politically motivated witch hunt"? I guess we need to "follow the money".

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Has there been a trial? I'm surprised that Mr. Liljenquist would call for a verdict before a trial was held.

Poplar Grove, UT

Considering that this is what Mr Swallow has admitted to. It's not being implied or anything like that. I would say it stinks like rotten brine shrimp on a hot summers day.

Huntsville, UT

Utah's elected officials could certainly use a lesson in ethics. Too bad that the citizen's initiative to impose ethics on them failed to garner enough signatures.

St George, Utah

Sad and scary
Top law enforcement officials taking "consulting" fees
Turning legal vs illegal on and off like a water tap by deciding how to enforce a law
Four years with an AG with a large dark cloud over his head regarding his ethics and integrity

Pleasant grove, UT


Mr. Liljenquist was clear that he was not commenting on any criminal activity and wanted to let investigators handle that. He's just commenting on what Swallow has admitted to already.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Lance Armstrong admitted to breaking the rules of the game he was engaged in. His punishment seems to come from every quarter, including financial, fame and respect, membership, and whatever. The harm he did was mainly in the minds of his supporters and fans.

When a politician, businessman, doctor or such, breaks the rules of his profession, The harm might be viewed as many times the harm done by Lance Armstrong. Yet there is little recourse or punishment put upon the offender.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

Mr. Swallow, resign. You are ethically impaired. Kudos to Dan Liljenquist, that rarest of birds, an honest politician unblinded by party loyalties. We lost out when he lost to Orrin Hatch, the Senator from Amgen.

one old man
Ogden, UT

When a police officer is involved in any kind of incident, he or she is placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

Shouldn't that same thing apply to our top law enforcement officer?

Swallow, if he be an honest man who is truly innocent, should voluntarily stand aside until the investigation has been completed and its results (whatever they may be) have been published for all of us to read.

Poplar Grove, UT

@Irony Guy
As of now your correct that Mr. Liljenquist isn't a party shill. But that is purely because he wasn't elected. If he won the election he would be the same shill that most politicians turn out to be.

Salt Lake City, UT

Ha. Criticism from a guy who used a guy in a chicken suite and debated a cardboard cut-out of his opponent a major parts of his campaign is hard to take serious. Especially when half of what he just said is wrong.

Salt Lake City, UT

Voting is a lot like Driving.

Don't do either, blind.

Deep Space 9, Ut

Ok liberals, lets take what you are saying and apply it to all politicians.

Many of you say that he should step aside while the investigation goes on. Does this mean that Obama and Holder should have stepped aside while the investigation into Fast and Furious was going on? How about Clinton and Rice, should they have stepped aside and taken administrative leave until the Benghazi invistagion continues?

Others of you say that he should resign because what he did was ethically wrong, but legal. Should we have every member of Congress resign that engaged in insider trading prior to the 2012 law that made it illegal for members of Congress to engage in insider trading?

If you don't agree with the scenarios that I have described, then you are on a witch hunt and not looking to find the truth of the stuation.

Ogden, UT

Frequently riding to the rescue under the guise of lofty ideals and impartial logic.

That you never require of conservatives.

You raise a valid point and I'd take your comment seriously if you weren't so completely partisan and selective your application of this logic both here and on other topics you have posted on.

Salt Lake City, UT

Emajor, don't hold it personally.

Conservatives like to promote ideals and rhetoric upon others, but when they have to live up to their own standards?

Well, if I had a 10% approval rating at my job like the Republican House currently? I would have lost my job.

Highland, UT

What about this is news? Nothing, this is merely a regurgitation for the Deseret to further drag Swallow through the mud. Was it just a slow news day or are the papers just takings directives directly from the democratic party I'm not sure?. Did Dan ever have a second job when you were an elected official?

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Swallow has stated publicly that he has broken no laws.


There is Legal and illegal,
There is Right and there is wrong.

I don't really care if doing something "WRONG" is legal or not.

We all know Right from Wrong by age 8.

John Swallow should stop being a baby, and man up to what he's already admitted to as WRONG,
and allow the LAW to investigate the legality of the rest of it.

Meanwhile, to the same Republican Party die-hards, Mike Richards and RedShirt.
Why do you defend what is clearly wrong?

I say - let him stay in.
And let him drag the Republican name and party through the ethical mud right along with him.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

LDS Liberal,

There is Legal and illegal,
There is Right and there is wrong.

I don't really care if doing something "WRONG" is legal or not.

We all know Right from Wrong by age 8.


Are you sure that you want to go there?

John Swallow is being crucified by the left. They're trying him in the press. They're implying things that he never said and that others never said; but, the left knows right from wrong, so they're going to go ahead and crucify him.

Deep Space 9, Ut

To "Emajor" I have to use partisian examples to show what equal application of what your ilk has stated should be done with Swallow.

If it is to apply to conservatives, your ilk should understand how the same standards would apply to their people.

Sorry if you don't like the examples or my methods, but they are valid and are completely ignored by liberals.

To "LDS Liberal" what have I defended. I have only asked if the liberals want their desires equally applied to the liberals in Washington. Apparently to you that is wrong. Why is it wrong to apply your standards equally to liberals and conservatives?

Ogden, UT

"John Swallow is being crucified by the left"

I didn't know Dan Liljenquist was part of the left. Here's a direct quote of his from this editorial:

"But I do know this: just because something might be technically legal does not make it ethical. I think Utah's top law enforcement official should be held to the highest of ethical standards. What do you think?"

So what do you think? It's not just a left wing conspiracy.

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