Comments about ‘Secret recording stirs troubled waters for Attorney General Swallow’

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Published: Tuesday, Jan. 29 2013 7:35 p.m. MST

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InnocenceLost
West Jordan, UT

Ok - So the story starts with this....Reid has disavowed any knowledge or involvement of Johnson's case.
“The allegations of bribery by Mr. Johnson, a man with a background of fraud, deception and corruption, are absurd and utterly false. Bribery is a crime for which Sen. Reid has personally put people behind bars. Sen. Reid will not have his integrity questioned by a man of Mr. Johnson's low record and character, and his outrageous allegations will not go unanswered. Clearly, a desperate man is making things up," according to Reid spokeswoman Kristen Orthman.

So why in the WORLD would we believe anything Jeremy Johnson has to say? And Why is it that people are letting Reid skip out on this controversy and trying to hang this around the neck of John Swallow who wasn't even at the meeting?!

Agustis
Sugar City, ID

Swallow says he understood it would be used by his friend, Richard Rawle, to hire federal lobbyists on Johnson's behalf.

What were the federal lobbyists supposed to do? At the very least this reveals the corruption that is rampant in our government. Utah is no different. They are all for sale. Some just get caught.

not here
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO

@ lost :

And how do you know where Swallow was? Was you there when all this went down? Do you know more that the people writeing this story? Maybe you need to talk to the investigaters in order clear this mess up.

micawber
Centerville, UT

@InnocenceLost.
I am not trying to hang this around Mr. Swallow's neck. I only want to know the facts.
But I am very troubled by this: "At the end of the day, I felt the FTC was screwing you. I wanted to help you with that. I knew I couldn't do it myself, so I lined you up with Richard who I thought could help you,". It was wrong for Mr. Swallow to assist in dealing with the FTC investigation while employed by the Utah Attorney General's Office. He appears to recognize that when he says he couldn't do it himself so he lined Johnson up with Mr. Rawle. If it was wrong for Mr. Swallow to do it directly, it was also wrong for him to do it indirectly.
Also, why wasn't Mr. Swallow or the AG's office assisting the FTC? From the description of Johnson's activities, the Attorney General should have been investigating the company, not helping it wriggle out of its responsibility. I am concerned about an Attorney General who could not see that there might be problems with Johnson's business.

BYR
Woods Cross, UT

Let's just have the recall election and be done with it.

Allen#2
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

Hmmm....Johnson who is indicted for fraud gave money to a Republican in the Utah Attorney General Office to bribe Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who had put many criminals behind bars in Las Vegas for fraud and bribery and also blame John Swallow who is now Utah Attorney General.

I did not vote for John Swallow, but believe he was not trying to bribe Harry Reid as the indicted Johnson now claims.

cjb
Bountiful, UT

How is it that a Jeremy Johnson type person can slime a person and anybody believes it?

Lermentov
PROVO, UT

Moonlighting on the side in an area with potential conflicts when one has a primary government responsibility shows terribly poor judgment (and indicates a hyper-pecuniary nature). He should resign.

NedGrimley
Brigham City, UT

You have to admit, after all the hand wringing and name calling regarding this whole issue, there's not much being said by the hand wringers now that Reid is possibly implicated. At least as far as he is concerned.

Ted
Saint George, UT

So let's review for a minute......A few weeks ago Jeremy was about to sign a plea bargain and go to jail for 10-14 yrs if the government would hold to their part of the bargain. When he realized that they were not going to live up to the deal, he let loose with all the info that he had been holding because of the deal that was offered. Because of this event, I tend to believe more of what Jeremy is saying rather than the elected officials. Eventually it will all come out in the open and "hopefully" we will know the truth. (if that's possible anymore)

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

Where there's smoke.....

JWB
Kaysville, UT

From the information in this article and from the recording, Johnson did most of the talking and it sort of sounds like Johnson is in the blackmailing role. The Republican GOP Convention was the next day after the recording and it almost appears that he wanted Swallow to back out of that convention and that would make it so someone else got the ticket instead of Swallow. Timing was for a purpose as it appears Johnson doesn't ever do anything without a plan in his life of deceptions. $275M is quite a bit of money for a person in Utah. He appears to be quite adept at taking people. Swallow probably met at the doughnut house as he had plenty of public meetings at the time and it would have been an odd place for Johnson to be from St. George the day before the Convention unless he had a specific motive. Johnson appears to not say how he was dealing with Rawle. Johnson's attorney is now in the blend of wanting Johnson to meet and secretly record the conversation with Swallow. Johnson just as well have been at the convention as tactics were in the Congressional seat.

Cats
Somewhere in Time, UT

This thing sounds way overblown at this point. I can't see that Swallow was doing anything illegal. He states he can't do anything and refers him to a lobbyist. I just don't see an issue here.

wilson-kelly
Vale, OR

I think it is amazing that no one feels they have done anything wrong. And in way they haven't!
It is just business as usual. You get the 'justice' you can afford. Let's see.... you pay lots of $$ and you get protection.
And now Johnson isn't getting what he paid for!
Lobbiests. Is it another word for MAFIA?
In my opinion, start at the bottom and work your way up cleaning out the riff-raff along the way.
But I think I know how this goes per what has been seen before. The bleeding hearts will come out and plead for leniency. A few hands will get slapped, usually one guy will swing for the rest as an appearance of justice and then it is back to business as usual!
Have fun with all that....
And we wonder what is wrong with our country?! Amazing, simply amazing....

one old man
Ogden, UT

At this point the whole thing is such a confused mess that no one can even begin to figure out what is true and what is not.

What needs to happen immediately is for John Swallow to step aside. Place himself on paid administrative leave as would happen to any police officer involved in an "incident" and let the investigation proceed.

The investigation needs to be done by someone totally disconnected. The U.S. Attorney is a good choice.

And, it the trail leads to Sen. Reid, then so be it. But the bottom line is that Swallow should step aside as attorney general until this has been cleared up.

NedGrimley
Brigham City, UT

Old man: I like your idea. And it should apply to both sides.

"When a police officer is involved in an incident, he or she is immediately placed on administrative leave until an investigation has been completed and the officer has been cleared of any wrongdoing.

Should anything less happen when [the United States Senate majority leader] is under clouds?

He should step aside -- on leave -- until a thorough, totally independent and non-partisan investigation has been completed.

Then, and only then, should he return to his duties IF it is appropriate."

ksampow
Farr West, Utah

This is what happens when we elect an AG based on politics rather than professional excellence. Sean Reyes would have been much better!!!!!

New to Utah
PAYSON, UT

AS I understand the Deseret News has already made its decision. The have requested Swallow resign in their editorial. This I believe is unfair and prejudices every other article which would seem to buttress their view.The Daily Herald also jumped at the prospect of a feeding frenzy of an elected Attorney General who at this point has done nothing criminal. He had the misfortune of associated with a major felon and this is all we really know. It is important to let this play out and then make judgments. Would any of us really like to be convicted before the evidence is presented?

dalefarr
South Jordan, Utah

Utah's one party political system fails to discourage public official misconduct and mistakes again. I doubt we will ever learn. Oh well, John's pro-life, pro-family values and support's the state owning federal lands. Isn't that what we want if an attorney general?

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

All I can think is -- witness the Gadianton-ing among us.

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