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Published: Monday, July 1 2013 5:50 p.m. MDT

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Springville, Ut

Impeachment is a political question, not a criminal one. "High crimes and misdemeanors" can be whatever the political body deems them to be, with or without connection to their criminal connotations. The lawyers for the AG, ironically, are on the wrong side of legal precedent.

If the AG is that concerned about it, he could save a whole lot of time and money and simply resign.

Utah Dem
Ogden, UT

So, according to Swallow's thinking, if he is found to have committed misconduct as the assistant AG (or whatever is title was) there should be no repercussions?

DN Subscriber 2

Utah Dem- Repercussions vary with the offense and what laws apply.

Impeachment is removal from office. If no longer in office, you cannot be impeached.

For criminal acts, it does not matter is the perp is in office or not.

Of course, in the court of public opinion, or for a lynch mob, there are no rules, you just make them up as you go along.

Meanwhile, innocent until proven guilty, and let real investigations run their course and find out the facts. The charge and punish or acquit as a trial may determine.

Eagle Mountain, UT

Impeachment is nothing more or less than the official charging of one in office.

Say if impeachment can only happen for acts that happened while in office, criminal charges can surely be brought to bear on him for acts committed before...but wait...who would file said charges? The Attorney General.

Tell me there is no conflict of interest here.

Centerville, UT

This seems to be a difficult course of reasoning. Swallow's attorney's want us to believe that a man can lie, hide past crimes, and do whatever is necessary to get himself into office. Once there, if his crimes or misconduct is discovered, he cannot be impeached or removed from office for those past crimes or misconduct?


Care must be taken that as DN Subscriber 2 keeps warning about, a lynch mob mentality, doesn't ride Swallow unjustifiably out of office. That is why an investigation by the House should begin. If the House did not begin an investigation, or impeachment proceedings, I believe House Republicans would be in a difficult political position. If they didn't investigate it could appear like they were neglecting their duty, perhaps to protect "one of their own". If the investigations by the feds, the Lt Gov, and the SL & Davis Co were to conclude upon Swallow's guilt, the House would look very bad.

They must impeach.

They must begin this investigation.

DN Subscriber2 has been an steady Swallow supporter. He/she shouldn't object to a House investigation that will either support guilt or innocense, but protect the GOP.

Salt Lake City, UT

"To our knowledge, there is not a single act that has been alleged or rumored in the media that involves any conduct on the part of Attorney General Swallow while serving as the attorney general,"

I guess someone isn't paying attention. Jan. 10, 2013, AG John Swallow signed a conflict of interest form, and based on the advice of his attorney the previous March that he didn't disclose P Solutions. The form is to protect him. I believe he should have listed P Solutions, Jenson, Johnson, etc. that could mean he has violated 76-8-109. Failure to disclose conflict of interest while in office.

Two people have accused with a tape former AG Shurtleff of a $2 M deal. If true, that would have likely been an impeachable offense. Jenson has accused Swallow of knowing about the deal. Swallow says no. If he know, why didn't he file charges in January against Shurtleff?

Jenson has recently been put in protective custody and has accused the entire AG office of not only a conflict of interest but fear of his life and has filed for a protective order.

Shurtleff claims he filed a complaint on Swallow last October.

Far East USA, SC

"Impeachment is removal from office."

Impeachment COULD result in removal from office, but not necessarily.

Remember, Clinton was impeached.

Kaysville, UT

We the People demand that he step down!

Taylorsville, UT

Unacceptable conduct in/out of a political position sends out a message about the integrity of the person and most likely this position of trust has been eroded and may be irreparable.

Kaysville, UT

We are learning everyday from this man that he doesn't know what an Attorney General is responsible to do for the State of Utah. He has spent almost all of his time trying to defend his actions while he was the "Chief" Deputy Attorney General responsible for approximately for half of the Attorney General's staff. He didn't do a great job defending his own AG while campaigning for him by allegedly going to a criminals hideout at a fancy place in California.

The previous AG isn't out there explaining to all the world why he was or wasn't doing something at the California resort.

This AG will use every guise available to him to show he wasn't wearing the criminal gloves, only the unethical gloves that he was allegedly wearing even though he is ethical in sheep's clothing.

He just needs to resign and let the chips fall where they may.

It appears he will go down saying he didn't do anything wrong, using his AG office and elected position to show the world he is cunning and without guile.

American Fork, UT

Either way his political career is over, there is 0 chance of him getting reelected. He just wants to carry through his current term to give himself time to get his MLM ready for when he doesn't get elected again.

Salt Lake City, UT

So swallow attorneys point out that swallow cannot be impeached for being unethical in his previous life......and if discovered that swallow was a crook before he was elected what?

Dealing with swallow is like dealing with obamites.....and Clinton's!

Salt Lake City, UT

Enough of the partisan parlor games, let the facts begin.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

TRUTH said: Dealing with swallow is like dealing with obamites.....and Clinton's!

or Cheney or Bush or Reagan or Nixon etc...should be used to it by now!

Ethics are not respecters of parties D or R

let's roll

I don't have much confidence that the Legislature's investigation of the AG will add any value.

It will take them some time before they start, since it will take some time to determine who will be on the committee and they're already well behind the other investigations which started some time ago.

Seems more political, trying to appear like they're doing something, when in fact, when the other investigations conclude, for good or ill, it's likely the Legislature will conclude theirs without finishing, after having spent time and money spinning their wheels.

If they want to add value, they should focus on applying pressure to conclude the investigation that are already underway.

The question the AG needs to answer NOW is how the citizen of Utah can be confident that both he and his office are able to continue to function in the best interest of the citizen of Utah while he apparently spends the majority of his time on personal matters--meeting with his personal attorneys and lobbying the legislature trying to save his job.

I am all ears Mr. Swallow, convince me.

North Ogden, UT

Let's wait and review the results of the investigation before we lynch him. It would be best if he resigned but he isn't going to do that. He is guilty of NO crimes (innocent until proven guilty) so I doubt there are any grounds to impeach him. He did however make a few poor decisions but who of us hasn't. Obama has done more to be impeached BY FAR and that isn't going to happen. In the end I think this attempt to remove Swallow from office will be a big waste of time and money and he will remain in office until the next election. The one benefit this may produce is that Utah may better define the impeachment process.

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