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Published: Tuesday, June 18 2013 7:55 p.m. MDT

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tabuno
Clearfield, UT

University of Utah political science professor Matthew Burbank has it backwards. I would believe that House Republicans would want to start the impeachment process in order to once and for clear the air as to what to do with Swallow. Currently there's too much conviction in the media and not enough sworn testimony. I would suggest that Burbank's comments would be better directed towards the Utah Senate where they must wait for the House to do their information gathering and make a final decision whether or not there' sufficient evidence to call for a trial. I would suggest that it would be the Utah Senate that should be hesitant to undertake their role as a jury and judge in this matter before the House as completed its work.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

Put up or shut up. All the scandals in the news and no action. Start at the top of the chain of command. Pres,on down. Seems to me No one checked the credentials,

Riverton Cougar
Riverton, UT

Let's just get to the bottom of these scandals, Republican or Democrat. Let's find out the truth and see who was involved in what and what the appropriate punishment should be. This goes for you, Obama, with the Benghazi, IRS, and other recent scandals to come up. A leader shouldn't be given free reign and allowed to get away with this kind of stuff.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

The tea party defends this guy by going "bengahzi" demonstrates the weakness of the tea party.

FatherOfFour
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

The republican House won't investigate the republican AG in the most republican state in the country? This is my shocked face.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I don't know if he's guilty or not, the investigation isn't done yet. I know I don't like him, but if I could throw out every politician I didn't like... we'd be in trouble.

I was kinda hoping we could wait till the investigation, or query the people in an election. If we throw people out based on media polls... we'd have a lot of people in Congress being thrown out every day.

I guess some people think it's urgent enough to spend $2.5 Million of State funds that could go towards education next year to gitter-done NOW (before an election or an investigation). I don't get it. I get a trial before punishment is affixed. He doesn't even get an investigation? Much less a trial?

I don't agree that it's $2.5 Million urgent to git this done before the investigation. He can function in his job (IF the media and his political enemies would let him). I say wait till the investigation gives us some actual findings, THEN decide. And even if the investigation doesn't find illegal activity... we can throw him out next election for free.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

An investigation isn't even necessary. We already know this guy took $150k in campaign donations from companies who were under investigation. It's a matter of public record. Isn't that enough,for heaven's sake?
If Mr. Swallow wants to do the citizens a favor, he should step down now instead of forcing us to pay millions in taxpayer funds to force him out.

bullet56
Olympia, WA

I can hardly believe what I read here. The national press has not run one story on this to my knowledge. That makes me think the press is not that liberal or bias. I find it surprising that a Republican from a Republican state, would face any embarrassment or punishment, from his party and State Government.

ulvegaard
Medical Lake, Washington

It is a sad commentary on life, but more and more the answers to the questions seems to be a deafening 'Yes'. Did this or that government leader do something illegal? Yes. Was there a deliberate coverup regarding this transaction? Yes.

Whether or not the problems are fixed; people held responsible and receive more than a slap on the wrist or just a promotion will determine whether or not we as a society are just as guilty, or if we still, as a group, are worthy of the blessings of a free society.

I learn tale of the scandals, but then they quickly fade back into the woodwork as so many refuse to get involved and hold people's feet to the fire. As long as our satellite dish still works and we can text each other about the Kardashians, while eating order in pizza on the sofa --- then life is good.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

This man, so to speak, needs to use his integrity he has left and resign. He will drag the State of Utah through spending millions of dollars. Will they get criminal on him? Does he fear Utah more than the Federal government? He fought against the Federal government as Chief Deputy with 22 other states. How will he react? He is afraid of blemishes. He should have thought about that when he climbed the mountain to (help) these men along with the AG Shurtleff in tow just trying to get money. Money didn't buy these people happiness. Did Swallow win the election? Really? It didn't take long for these things to surface after he took office. Payment is demanded for these guys. John Swallow has been in the law and election and office business for years and finally found that he, and even the Governor's $13M and $85K deal comes out eventually.

Money cannot be the end. Integrity and honor is a price real people pay and not wheeling dealing. Some people buy votes but should not happen in the Beehive state. Industry and Integrity should go together and not at odds. Many don't have either.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

You gotta love Irony Guy's lack of understanding our legal system.

Irony says, "An investigation isn't even necessary". Really? Now just an ACCUSATION from a fraud artist who's about to be convicted and is grasping at straws is enough to convict Swallow? Articles in a news paper are enough? A political poll is enough? I don't think so. Last time I checked it required not only an accusation... not only an investigation... but also a trial with a jury of your peers deciding that you are guilty.

Judgmental people like Irony can believe no investigation is needed. But that's not what the Constitution says.

I wish he would resign too and save us all this conjecture, $$$, and political sniping... but it's not likely to happen if he really thinks he's innocent. And he doesn't have to resign just to make the Irony's out there happy. You resign when you realize that you are going to be convicted. I don't know if he's there yet. Not one person has given testimony under oath yet.... and we're ready to convict without even doing an investigation?

Beaver Native
Garland, UT

Bullet56,

The reason you haven't seen it in the national press is because it isn't a national issue or a normally high-profile office. It's a state office that usually doesn't get a lot of attention.

That being said, I believe Swallow's actions were both unethical and illegal. However, public opinion nor allegations are proof, political opposition regularly twists facts or downright fabricates information, and I've seen reputations ruined through false accusations and twisting of facts. Impeachment would be improper without first investigating the allegations.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

This wouldn't even strike the surface in a lot of cities or states as that is their normal operating process. In Utah, we have stayed away from this type of ethics problem, which is an ethical issue if not legal issue.

He lost face and is trying to recover his back behind also.

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