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Published: Thursday, May 30 2013 5:35 p.m. MDT

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Spanish Fork, UT

It's really quite amazing how deeply involved Swallow was in so many of Johnson's specific business dealings ... including many of the same ones he is under investigation for now.

Swallow was involved enough that he would unquestionably be key to the proceedings in both Nevada's civil case and Utah's criminal case ... if he hadn't managed to get himself elected to such a high profile office.

It is unseemly and unfortunate that Swallow's current position of power is carrying so much weight in whether or not he's allowed to be subpoenaed.

Salt Lake City, UT

When Johnson made his allegations against Swallow three months ago, didn't Swallow owe it to the voters of Utah to disclose these business relationships?
John, you've been elected, and are being paid, to do the public's business. Either come clean about everything, or step down. The voters who elected you deserve better than this slow trickle of information.

Government Man
Cottonwood Heights, UT

This is amazing that this debacle has gone on for so long. It is time for the Republican Leadership to step up and fix their mess. Maybe, this event will be the catalyst for changing the strangle hold the ultra-conservative Republicans have on this state. We need Open Primaries, Term Limits, a good recall law, and ballot initiatives. The likes of Norm Bangerter, Olene Walker, and Mike Leavitt are realizing there is a huge problem. We need to start holding these dirty politicians accountable. We need moderate, thinking, politicians very badly in this State. It is definitely time for some serious changes.

Patrick Henry
West Jordan, UT

Wow. It is so time to resign.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

Although Swallow seems to be defending his actions by claiming he did not financially benefit from the relationship he misses a significant point.
By giving private lessons to one company he is hindering all competitors. The field is no longer level because he becomes a special adviser to only one business. Whether paid or not, he has created an unfair business environment.

Peter Coyotl
West Jordan, UT

If Swallow has an ounce of decency remaining, he needs to resign now. He is a disgrace not only to his party but to the people of Utah.

Glendora, CA

The devil himself could run on the Republican ticket and win in Utah. I think things need to be reassessed in the state.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

Honor, is a privilege to be recognized for your reputation. On my honer means that I guaranty it. It simply that your known to keep your word and people respect that, you are recognized. It takes a life time to build a reputation, but a blink of an eye to destroy it. There's a lot of rode's to get to the mill, but ounce you get there, the miller is only interested in how good your grain is.

orem, UT

Has AG Swallow hired a lobbyist to try and influence the Federal investigation into the allegations against him? If not, why not. This is the advise he gave Mr. Johnson. Thus it must be a legal, ethical, and effective way to try and influence the justice system in one's favor.

one old man
Ogden, UT

ALL the earlier posts are right on. Nothing more needs to be said.

Payson, Utah, UT

Anothing thing that bothers me is the statement that Harry Reid (or any other polition) can be bought and sold. What has happened to integrity and honor? What has happened to following the oath of office and serving all of the people that have elected you? Our politions and a lot of others believe that the end justifies the means. It does not, when you have to sacrifice your integrity and honor you have lost everything including my trust and vote.

Sandy, UT

It is clear that Swallow should step aside - at least while the investigation continues. What is odd, however, is that more attention is not being shown to the underlying issue - citizens having to/being able to hire lobbyists to influence politicians to rein in the government. It happens on both sides of the isle and just shows the corruption that big government has spawned. Why do you think a Senator or Congressman would take a $160K job when many could be making alot more in the private sector. Why do they stay for years (36 for our Senior Senator). It is about power. Gone are the days of George Washington when politicians served their country and then went home. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. It is time for the American people to confront the corruption in government and start firing those who "remain in power" rather than who serve their country and then go home.

Twin Sister

Many of those who comment on this situation are equating the Republican party with evil and the devil, etc. It isn't the Republican party that is to blame here. It is John Swallow. He is an individual first and foremost. He is not the personification of the Republican party. The issue here with Swallow and other individuals who are corrupt isn't their political affliation, but it is their own personal lack of ethics and integrity. There are just as many corrupt Democrats in politics as there are corrupt Republicans. No political party has the corner on that market. Yes. It is time for John Swallow to resign.

Salt Lake City, UT

It is clear that Johnson is a criminal. He ran a fraud and is a fraud.

Swallow was opportunistic like a like of people and he rationalized his dealings. Not a lot different than a lot of us would but he needs to step out of public office. Just like Obama. They are both the same. Lying politicians.

We all need to be better in our dealings.

We all sell out to easily for money, fame, glory.

Kaysville, UT

At the Republican Convention this month, it was definitely evident that John Swallow was not present in the speaking assignment or booth. I don't believe Mark Shurtleff was around either for the time in 20 years. Shurtleff's support of his Chief Deputy to the last election was a scam knowing what we know about Swallow and Shurtleff's knowledge of Swallows dealings. It sort of makes me think of Eric Holder. If a person tries to deceive others that is not telling the truth and is not integrity at its finest. AGs are supposed to be enforcing the full law for the furtherance of the citizens they represent, not above or getting around the law.

We are a nation based on law and a semblance of order. Handshakes meant one's word was good.

Now, you have to figure what their words mean.

Kaysville, UT

Swallow and shallow are only one letter different. He would use any method as persuasion as a politician. Maybe it is time to have the politician part of the Attorney General be appointed by the Governor. The last two politicians, Shurtleff and Swallow, used their persuasions in almost everything they did. However, Eric Holder was appointed and he has allegiance to his boss and not the law. That is a toss up. We have a State Auditor who is not an auditor but a relative of the speaker of the house and close ties to the Legislature. People get around the intent of the law and we elect them anyway. Politicians can choose to be honest but are influenced by their pride and influence.

Carnal and devilish is still alive even as they have on their smiles and have thoughts and plans for what they will do for people.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

He's innocent. The (R) next to his name proves it.

Kaysville, UT

(R)emember, Nixon? This administration needs to remember Nixon and read his playbook on what happens after the events that caused the fall. Hillary Clinton's phrase about getting the call at 3 a.m. sticks in my mind. It is not the 3 a.m. call but what happens after the 3 a.m. call. If a person subscribes to be President, everyday is a 3 a.m. call. There is not one day that goes by when there is not a significant event for the President to govern. He has appointed Cabinet members and their assistants that govern their Departments and Agencies, but the President is still the "Buck Stops Here" man, in this case. He chooses what he wants to know? I don't think so. He has the requirement to be the Commander-in-Chief and not just of the military, of the whole government. He is by title the Commander-in-Chief but that means he also subscribes to the Code of Conduct, the ethics, and Core Values of each of those Departments. He can't choose and pick. He is the leader, so he says, of the most powerful country in the free world. Free for now.

Iron Rod
Salt Lake City, UT

It is my feeling that people need to vote for the individual rather than a straight Republican or Democrat ticket.

Part of the problem in my opinion is who ever wins the Republican primary in this state is almost guaranteed the election with the exception of Mia Love.

We ought to look at each candidate carefully before deciding. It is unfortunate that we have one of the lowest per capita voting rates in the nation.

I believe only 57% of the elgible voters exercise their franchise.

Perhaps we should shoulder some of the blame also?

American Fork, UT

Even if he isn't a criminal, as he claims... is that really how low the bar is set for his political office? That's a pretty low bar.

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