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Published: Thursday, Nov. 7 2013 5:45 p.m. MST

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Schwa
South Jordan, UT

$23,500 for consulting on a cement project that Swallow would have no expertise on sounds suspiciously like a bribe to me.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

I believe Utah deserves better than an attorney general whose chief clients are loan sharks who prey on the poor (400% interest? 30% finance charges?). I wish he would step down. I also wish Utah voters would do just a little homework on the character of the individuals they elect to public office instead of just automatically pushing the "R" button.

Mike in Sandy
Sandy, UT

Panic and lashing out is unbecoming of an AG, and Swallow is panicking.
Now these guys are stonewalling the efforts of the committee.

An honest man has nothing to fear from the truth.

None of this smells good. Not a single thing.

brightness
Taylorsville, UT

This is becoming stranger by the minute. I think he needs to provide information to the committee especially when he is telling us that he has nothing to hide.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

You protect your name and business by showing integrity and honesty. If one is not guilty, documents usually protect those entities.

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

I have done nothing wrong,
I have nothing to hide...

Says a man who 'mysteriously' looses data on his office computer, office laptop, home computer, cellphone, and PDA.

Has video and audio of impropriety.

And now has MORE former business associates who refuse to cooperate with authorities.

Nothing to hide?

Bob A. Bohey
Marlborough, MA

I've heard that many of these Payday loan businesses are owned and operated my members in good standing of the LDS church. Is that an accurate statement?

Mike in Sandy
Sandy, UT

It bears repeating that Swallow looks for all the world like the "Black Knight" in the Monty Python movie.
They cut off his arm, and yet he stands-- defiantly.
They lop off his other arm, and he curses and challenges his assailants.
The off a leg and he curses them and dares them to fight.
They cut off his other leg-- and he continues to flail, screams and continues to spew defensively.
That's our guy.

stevo123
slc, ut

Ir Mr. Swallow had not "lost" his emails, this would have not been needed.

DN Subscriber 2
SLC, UT

Lots of comments about lost emails, but the story is about an unrelated business which is objecting to an overly broad fishing expedition into their records totally unrelated to anything that Swallow did. It is the right of anyone to challenge overly broad subpoenas, especially when they are not being accused of any misconduct themselves.

These comments are proof that the constant drumbeat of negative media attention has convinced a lot of people that Swallow is some sort of evil monster who kicks puppies or something, and must therefore be guilty of any wild accusation that political enemies or convicted felons make about him.

Swallow cannot get justice in this state at this point. And the people outraged at him really don't even read what the stories related to the witch hunt investigations actually say.

Tators
Hyrum, UT

DN Subscriber 2:

Swallow doesn't come across as a monster who kicks puppies. But he definitely comes across as someone trying hard to hide information. His own actions are what makes him seem so suspicious.

I'm trying hard to filter out all the innuendo and just use facts. And so far, Swallow doesn't come across as being very clean.

If he honestly doesn't feel like he can get a fair shake, he still has the option of resigning, which would also happen to save taxpayers millions in legal fees. He could then get on with his life in the private sector, out of the media eye.

Steve Cottrell
Centerville, UT

Interesting to note that the chair of the state republican party is a payday loan official.

lket
Bluffdale, UT

pay day loans are like a deal with the devil many will never be out of debt, with the former illegal amount of interest they charge.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

Payday loans fall into the same category as taxes on the ones that can least afford it, sort of like lotteries are taxes on the poor, no matter where they are. When we lived in Illinois, Missouri didn't have the lottery, yet. The supporters pushed for it and said it would be for educational purposes. Sort of like how Obamacare got passed, pass it then read the law. It has been 3 1/2 years since signed and it will take another 10 years to figure out if there was any truth in what was said, then and now. Truth has been changed to lies and lies to truth with politicians and appears both are attorneys.

Cincinnatus
Kearns, UT

Sorry DN Subscriber 2,

You are one of the few voices left here trying to defend the AG and you are grasping at straws to do it. The company lawyers claims that the subpoena is "overly broad" and is a "fishing expedition." Of course they are going to say that.

Here's the problem: Swallow represented this company. It is tied to Rawle, who was tied to the very fishy cement company deal in Nevada, from which Swallow took over $23,000 for "consulting," then had the company transferred to his wife's name to hide the whole thing.

I'm under the impression that the Legislative committee and their counsel have more information than you about what they are looking for within the documents they seek. The courts can decide if the subpoena is overly broad.

The fact that so much electronic information is missing that is forcing the committee to look around for what it may have contained, and the belligerence and bellicose attitude of the AG towards the investigation on KSL the other day, leads me more and more to believe he is hiding things.

dan76
san antonio, TX

For those straight ticket voters within Utah, don't forget the current governor acknowledged knowing about Swallow's pending difficulties prior to the election and decided not to inform the electorate.

owlmaster2
Kaysville, UT

Again, I remind all of you of Richard Milhouse Nixon... he made the same arguments, had some tapes go missing and finally resigned in disgrace.
He said "I am not a crook."
Swallow says "I have done nothing wrong."
Both situations have the same smell.

Time to resign Mr Nixon ahhhhh, sorry, Mr Swallow.

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