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Published: Friday, Feb. 22 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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St George, Utah

How may Utah citizens still trust Swallow ?
Can an AG properly fulfill the responsibilities of his job when he does not have the full confidence of the citizens ?

Layton, UT

This is a very reasonable and thoughtful editorial. It is also very moderate and restrained. I suspect those who composed it could have used stronger language and made more concrete demands on the AG. It is not only time for him to speak up....but also to step down.

Salt Lake City, UT

I like the framing of the editorial that the DNews backs the questions asked by the Democrat in the legislative hearing. Logically then the Republican chairman that overruled the question was not correct. Nice call. Nicely stated

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

Does anybody else get the feeling that Mr. Swallow is not exactly beloved by Utah's Republican establishment? If so, then where there's smoke, there's probably an atomic bomb going off behind the scenes.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

I think the central issue is why should the Chief Law Enforcement Officer play by a different set of rules than school teachers and police officers. Any of those employees would have been put on Administrative Leave and charges promptly investigated. Why can't the Legislature as a very minimum appoint an investigator to determine if the charges warrant impeach proceedings? At least there would be a mechanism for Swallow to clear his name if has done nothing. It seems the only investigation Swallow has called is one he apparently knew was already going in the U. S. Attorney's Office.

Salt Lake City, UT

I understand why the questions were not appropriate for an appropriations committee involving senators, who might be asked to decide impeachment.

I do not understand why the questions are not asked in the House Judiciary Standing Committee. Rep. Brian King is on that committee.

Kaysville, UT

It is time for Swallow to step done. If he and the legislature won't take actikon the citizens of the Stae should push the issue thru petitions or letting their vioce be heard. It's time for the sheep to speak out against the so called shepherd.

South Jordan, Utah

Nice editorial, much better then the previous "let the system work" editorial. The problem is Swallow cannot answer the questions or explain his shenanigans without increasing the chances that he will be impeached, indicted or both. Also he is not going to resign without a golden parachute fashined by a republican supporter or unless he is impeached or indicted. This saga exists and will continue simply because of republican one party voting. Why would voters choose a lawyer who represents pay day loan companies aka loan sharks over a proven prosecutor? Why would the voters elect a college drop out over a college educated general? Democracy left Utah decades ago and its not coming back any time soon.

Murray, UT

John Swallow does have a lot of questions he needs to answer. But now is not the time. Let the federal investigation take its course and after their findings are released and digested, then we can establish a direction that should be pursued. Right now, he has not been charged with a criminal act. He has, to many citizens, made some poor choices, and perhaps, some ethical violations. But cause for impeachment takes more than poor choices and possible ethics violations.

Let's let this ride a little longer, hoping the feds do a expedited investigation and release the findings soon. And let's remember that most of the allegations are coming from a man that is under multiple indictments and is looking for any avenue to save himself, not caring too much about whom he takes with him, concern for family not included.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Given the intricate and secretive backroom dealings of so many in Utah's GOP, I'm very worried that this will never receive a full and impartial investigation.

Let's hope the U.S. Attorney's office will provide that service for all of us.

slc, ut

@One old man, This problem is deep, very deep. It is as deep as the GOP in Utah is powerful

Draper, UT

If Swallow has any integrity he will step down for the good of the state while the feds investgate him an his alleged wrong-doing. He has lost the trust of the vast majority of the state's taxpayers and so cannot function effectively. It is only hubris that is making him cling to a job he never should have had in the first place. If he will not do the rigt thing and step aside he should be removed from office.

John Jackson
Sandy, UT

I like the editorial. Swallow, as an elected official, should be answerable to the public. If there are questions about his conduct, he should answer to the public. With the Legislature in regular session, it is understandable that they lack time to pursue impeachment until that is finished.

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