Attorney General John Swallow investigative committee faces daunting job

Panel chief has ties to indicted businessman Johnson


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  • Conservative Cedar City, UT
    July 19, 2013 12:05 p.m.

    Will we be able to find 9 honest legislators for the investigative committee? So far we don't know.

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    July 19, 2013 11:35 a.m.

    Mr. Swallow, please do the right thing and just resign. Let the people of Utah have a functioning Attorney General while this plays out.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    July 19, 2013 9:32 a.m.

    If this is a witch hunt, the Governor has already issued his statement on John Swallow. I am sure that is after having heated discussions with the man elected as our Attorney General. The Legislature and House of Representatives have a job to do, even though it hasn't been spelled out before. The hard task is to deal with the Attorney General who appears to be using his Attorney General staff with state funds to defend him on issues that appear to have been out of the scope of his job as the Chief Deputy Attorney General under Mark Shurtleff. You don't hear too much from the previous Attorney General on his activities with John Swallow. Mark Shurtleff certainly is a man of many words in so many of his political activities over the decades. To be silent about his and his Chief Deputy Attorney General is a change of process for him. He had six months from the GOP convention to the election to show his questioning of his Chief Deputy but support him up to the election day when people in droves voted for John Swallow.

    Utah need to have this investigation by the House.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    July 19, 2013 3:02 a.m.

    I agree, this witch hunt is just a smoke screen for democrats and news media to incriminate Swallow with other federal investigations also in process at the same time. Why the governor broke down under cowardly oppression by the democrat Party is beyond his responsible leadership, especially while several other federal agency's have not been able to verify or prove and wrong doing by Swallow.

    Was this special session a smoke screen to pass and change the laws legislators had voted on during their regular sessions? It definitely won't make a difference in unethical government behavior, the legislators have voted down all attempts for honest and ethical government standards. Swallow has not violated any ethics law or legislative standards and the several federal investigations have stalled and pointless so its not likely that the democrats will find anything to substantiate their accusations either.

    The witch hunt panel is also backfiring because of the conflicts within the group selected who have vested interest in this panels outcome and democrats attempt to associate Swallow with other democrats under investigation.

    Regardless of this and other investigations, our elected legislative assembly will have the final authority over democratic criminal lies.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 18, 2013 7:15 p.m.

    This remains a politically motivated with hunt, driven by a couple of convicted (or at least indicted) felons, of allegations that are already being investigated by appropriate level agencies.

    This is a total waste of Utah tax dollars to run a parallel investigation. We should have just waited until the federal investigation finished and then proceed with impeachment if he is guilty, or exonerate the poor man who will be bankrupted by legal expenses regardless.

    Politics is a messy dirty business, and with stuff like this, we wonder why the very best people do not want to get involved?