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"I think John had some poor judgment"

Published: Monday, Feb. 11 2013 7:05 p.m. MST

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one old man
Ogden, UT

This needs a prompt, complete, thorough, impartial investigation.

And while that is under way, John Swallow should be on paid administrative leave.

Just as would be the case with any other law enforcement officer in a similar situation.

John Charity Spring
Back Home in Davis County, UT

Old man is correct. But he does not go far enough. Although the DNews censors don't want the public to read this, there is a very real likelihood that Harry Reid was involved in this malfeasance. He should also be placed on leave until the real scope of his involvement is sorted out.

SLars
Provo, UT

Shurtleff knew before the election, and still supported him with ads. Reid, Swallow and Shurtleff need to be investigated.

panamadesnews
Lindon, UT

If it quacks like a duck and walks like a duck, then it probably is a duck - just sayin. But we need to give all of them the benefit of the doubt. It will all play out, it just needs time for the scales of justice to do their work (the feds and dept of justice). Hope there is nothing to this. Our state does not need the adverse attention. But if there has been wrongdoing, then it needs to come out and those responsible to pay the price.

Emajor
Ogden, UT

Only in Utah are alleged nefarious backroom dealings conducted in a Krispy Kreme donut shop.

hnoel
Layton, UT

Whether or not Mr. Swallow should or will go to jail will be determined by the investigation. Meantime, his actions have proved he should not be serving as our Attorney General. It's time for him to resign -- in the best interests if the state and its citizens.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

"I'm shocked, shocked!" said the Pot to the Kettle.

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

Is a recall election possible in this office? Seems like the Dem opponent should have a fair shake at winning the office as he didn't get a fair shake last time. And I'm one who voted for Swallow...I think the guy has to go.

stevo123
slc, ut

The allegations continue to pile up against Mr. Swallow. It is time for himt To 1) Go on paid leave 2) Resign. It would be the best for the office and best for the state of Utah.

Obama10
SYRACUSE, UT

Even if he is innocent, Shurtleff says he "had some poor judgement." Do we really want an AG who is admitted to have "poor judgement" by one of his supporters?? Also, why didn't Shurtleff come out with this before the election? This doesn't pass the "smell test" and Swallow should resign ASAP.

New to Utah
PAYSON, UT

Harry Reid clearly needs to be investigated. The charges by Jeremy Johnson are serious. Any rational person would not be inclined to accept his staffs statement that he is not involved. The senate majority leader is simply not above the law. Since reading all the articles critical of John Swallow I have found plenty of smoke but not fire. He made questionable contacts but there doesn't seem to be any criminal intent. It is quite disturbing to see the DN be so diligent in condemning John Swallow but brush aside Harry Reids involvemnt and Mark Shurtleff and potentially a whole host of politicians who had contact with Jeremy Johnsone. Fairness and refusing to have an ax to grind seems appropriate.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

Do you mean to say that John Swallow called for a Federal Investigation into this incident knowing full well one was already going on anyway?

Know wonder this story just won't go away.

Star Bright
Salt Lake City, Ut

New to Utah: I don't understand why reid is not being investigated either. It sounds like he is the go to man when you want a federal case averted as long as you can pay him lots of $! Why is he not the one being investigated? He is a # 1 creep! He lies at the drop of a hat. This business with a secret phone call about Mitt Romney was a lie and everyone knows it. Mitt's taxes were looked at every year and I believe the IRS was instructed to do it. If they could find one iota of evasion he would be in jail.
Reid is a disgrace to nevada, the senate and the LDS Church!

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

Wheeler dealers and justice for money.

JerseyGirl
Sandy, UT

Swallow, Shurtleff's protege, is only doing what he learned at the feet of the master.

DN Subscriber 2
SLC, UT

People sure are giving a lot of credibility to the allegations made by Mr. Johnson.

I am much more skeptical and see it as a desperate ploy to gain leniency for himself by trying to implicate someone else, exploiting carefully set up meetings where he taped them with the intent to use them later as leverage on Swallow.

This whole thing stinks, but I don't see any evidence beyond Johnson's allegations that shows Swallow did anything wrong.

Let the feds investigate and get to the truth.

Shawnm750
West Jordan, UT

@Obama10 - Shurtleff DID come out with this before the election. He reported it to federal investigators and told them to question Rawle, but they didn't go and do it before he died. He also told Swallow to get a lawyer. As he says in the article, he's not 100% sure that any laws were violated, but since it is mostly a federal matter, he's leaving it up to the authorities that have jurisdiction. Obviously Shurtleff felt that while Swallow may have acted inappropriately, he didn't act illegally. As a former AG, he understands the importance of letting investigators do their job without hindrance by the media/public.

All that being said: I personally don't believe Swallow did anything illegal either, but I don't know all of the facts. None of us do. We only know what's been reported, which more often than not is incomplete. Having worked for the AG, and having spent so much time pursuing public office, he really should've know better. And it's this kind of stuff that makes me glad I didn't vote for him - ever.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

If Johnson was one of Shurtleff's biggest backers, donating more than $200,000 to his campaign and attorney general's office initiatives, then Swallow was just following his ex-boss' process in taking care of his potential backer, especially since that was the day before the GOP convention. Quite a few of the Deputy or Assistant AGs were not wanting to have Swallow win as they had seen his practices over the 2 years they worked with and for him. If they had know about the Donut Shop visit, that would have been more incentive for people to not vote for Swallow. Shurtleff may have said he never accepted money in exchange for dropping an investigation into iWorks but the Feds are the ones doing the investigation, maybe by default.
Since Shurtleff didn't do his part to his largest contributor and now that general perception has persisted as Shurtleff's hand-picked successor, Swallow, has become the state's top law enforcement official.

Shurtleff didn't stop supporting Swallow in the days leading up to the election in November, especially if he discussed truthfully the whole situation as he knew it. Did he tell the Feds who his largest supporter was?

BroJoseph
Ogden, UT

Again this shows the power of corruption through "Lobbying"

Wildcat
O-town, UT

No Star Bright,

It's people that rush to judgement without any evidence calling other people a disgrace, that are a disgrace. You can't condemn Reid without any evidence. Why didn't Romney release his tax records? He could have proven it, but he chose not to...strange. Do I think Mitt Romney is a disgrace to the church? No, just a greedy businessman. Is Glen Beck a disgrace to the church? I don't know his spiritual relationship. I think he capitalizes on manufacturing hate, but I am not judging him on behalf the church--I believe there is only on perfect Judge, and it's not you Star Bright. Spare us the libel.

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