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Published: Friday, June 14 2013 10:40 p.m. MDT

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tabuno
Clearfield, UT

Our Attorney General's response to critics of his continuing in office only exposes his misreading of the Constitutional principles underlying impeachment in this State. His justification for staying in office is as worrisome as the allegations made against him. If this State's Attorney General cannot properly interpret the law, his inability to interpret the law soundly in general on behalf of this state only raises further questions about his competence to be allowed to remain in office.

toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

Yeah, we get it. Richard Nixon would have said the same thing.

Interloper
Portland, OR

Is anyone surprised that attorneys for compromised, if not corrupt, AG John Swallow say impeachment is not warranted?

Kings Court
Alpine, UT

Of course the attorneys are going to say this. The are paid by Swallow to defend him. Duh!

Utah_1
Salt Lake City, UT

OK, I read the letter. I wasn't impressed.

What was worth reading was the two attachments at the bottom. It was an attorney explaining that Swallow came to him in March 2012 to discuss some trusts Swallow had and the attorney told him under state law he didn't have to disclose them. While I am not sure I agree with the advice, it does provide some defense to Swallow, that he actually was trying to follow the law re: his Conflict of Interest forms and wasn't lying.

I have doubted that for 5 months. I still feel like he should have listed P Solutions. At least we have some defense as to why he didn't.

Utah_1
Salt Lake City, UT

What is good news for John Swallow is he seems to be personally speaking and answering questions. I wish he did this several months ago, but any answers from him at this point is helpful.

Eliyahu
Pleasant Grove, UT

Swallow's big problem is that the only one he thinks about is himself and his needs. He doesn't care what he's doing to the State, how much disrepute he brings upon the office of the Attorney General, how many millions of tax dollars get spent resolving his misconduct, or how much harm it does to everyone else, just as long as he can drag it out and draw his salary. I can't see any scenario in which all charges are dropped, all accusations withdrawn, and all investigations are ended with nothing happening. He's just determined to drag it out as long as possible regardless of the cost to the State and the taxpayers. You can't get much more selfish than that. Even Nixon knew when it was time to fold his hand and get out of the game. Swallow needs to do the same.

BYUalum
South Jordan, UT

Yes! Finally, legal minds and someone other the press and some antagonistic bloggers come forth and speak the truth. This has been a "witch hunt" from the get go. Guilty until proven innocent has dominated the headlines and mandated a supposed rule of law. There are so many other pressing problems in this country. Give this story a break and start covering some of the real critical issues that undermine our nation. Johnson should find another scapegoat. All he has done is try to shift the blame from himself to someone else to avoid penalty!

RBB
Sandy, UT

I am not sure how you get to impeachment. There is no proof so far that Swallow did anything illegal. However, it is pretty clear that Swallow does not get the basic idea of avoiding the appearance of impropriety. He probably should resign to avoid the black eye Utah is getting, but there does not appear to be enough to impeach him YET.

brightness
Taylorsville, UT

The media reports what they find out, they are not responsible getting people in trouble, it the individual's choice to make decision on their own. To blame the media for our own actions is merely an excuse.

Utah_1
Salt Lake City, UT

BYU Alum, Witch hunt?

Wed. is the Interim Committee meetings for the Utah Legislature. During Lunch, the Utah House GOP members have announced, it seems, that they will spend the whole 2 hours deciding what they think about John Swallow. If the caucus decides that they want to move forward with the process of investigating toward a potential impeachment, The Speaker, will likely poll the House, including the democratic members, and if 50 or more say go, they go. I think they have 16 in favor at this time if you count the 14 democratic members.

If the members don't have enough of their answers, I believe Swallow is in danger of being investigated by the House. If he succeeds in answering their questions at any time prior to 2pm on Wed. or at least prior to the House Poll of members, he has a chance to avoid impeachment.

Perhaps that is why he is now answering lots of questions.

Straitpath
PROVO, UT

I agree one hundred percent with the lawyers' letters. I have watched this railroad effort unfold and my take is they are correct.

Deserthiker
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

While the many allegations swirling around Swallow are still being investigated, and whether any prove true, there is more at stake here than just the question of criminal conduct and impeachable offenses. It seems increasingly clear that Swallow has been consistently skating the bare edge of unethical if not illegal conduct, all the while associating with less than wholly reputable individuals, while wheeling and dealing to make some bucks. Whether or not he slipped up and stepped over the illegality line is becoming increasingly less relevant for me. Our public officials, entrusted with great power and public monies, should live a higher standard than that of "just barely not breaking the law." I voted for Swallow, but no longer feel he has the moral foundation needed in our chief law enforcement officer. He has lost my trust.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

One thing he does send to the world of popular opinion is that he very much a Chicago icon and is more than a Chicago pizza. Ethics is more than just being legal and that is where he lost trust of the public. Integrity includes more than just the law and those types of things.

He can say he isn't a duck but he smells and even looks like a duck. He may be legally something else but he needs to understand that even though some may support him, even if he is proven not guilty in the court of law and the legislature may not even do any censuring of his actions but he is not able to fulfill his office with the full trust of the public and citizens and others that deal with the State of Utah. For the Governor, who relies on an AG for advice, to say that the AG would not be working for him if he had hired him needs to have someone he can trust. The Legislature may have a form of AG functions that Shurtleff didn't take away from them in his power grab, but need the AG periodically.

stevo123
slc, ut

Straight path & BYU alum, I find it interesting our head lawyer is now having to "lawyer up". I feel that the investigation should run its full course. This debacle is deeper than John Swallow, much deeper.

Straitpath
PROVO, UT

I totally agree the investigation should run its full course and until then everyone, including Governor Herbert, should keep his opinion to himself.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Witch Hunt?

Even the governor said that he should be "fired."

What exactly is the "evil communist left" trying to gain by targeting the AG? If they really wanted to hurt the GOP wouldn't they target the governor?

NEWBAK55
Calgary, 00

The problem in Utah when it comes to Swallow is that attorneys that would normally go after a suspected criminal are frightened to death of Swallow and the repercussions that will come down like a freight train against them. To make matters worse, the link between the state and the Mormon church is just like the 'good old boys' networks in other states. It boils down to what attorney or law firm is willing to risk their future in Utah in exchange for doing everyone that lives in the state a huge favor and make sure that if Swallow has done something wrong,(which we ALL know he has) he is banned from politics and he is stripped of his license to practice law for life.

Esquire
Springville, UT

Kind of self-serving, isn't it, Rod?

New to Utah
PAYSON, UT

Democrats are gleeful each time the DM prints another Swallow article. They are so happy that all elected Republicans can be persuaded to follow the press and go with gulty before proven innocent. This has been and continues to be a media driven witch hunt while Obama and his followers subvert the law, target enemies,spy on innocent civilians and very little is written. Democrats seem to control the media which in many ways contributed to the election of Obama. Why is so little written about all the scandals currently being exposed like the IRS, NSA, Justice department? We have it seems thirty rehashes of Jeremy Johnson and other felons. If it looks like a duck,walks like a duck and quacks like a duck maybe it is.

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