"I think John had some poor judgment"
Published: Monday, Feb. 11 2013 7:05 p.m. MST
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
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.
Shurtleff knew before the election, and still supported him with ads. Reid,
Swallow and Shurtleff need to be investigated.
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.
Only in Utah are alleged nefarious backroom dealings conducted in a Krispy Kreme
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.
"I'm shocked, shocked!" said the Pot to the Kettle.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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!
Wheeler dealers and justice for money.
Swallow, Shurtleff's protege, is only doing what he learned at the feet of
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.
@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.
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?
Again this shows the power of corruption through "Lobbying"
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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