Utah A.G. John Swallow resigns, citing toll on family, finances


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  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 6:40 p.m.

    "They had all the resources of the state at their disposal, and they knew I only had the resources of my personal family budget," he said."

    Swallow doesn't understand the irony of an AG saying this? Really? Classic. What goes around comes around, I guess.


    I can't believe people are defending this guy (actually I guess I can in this state, after all, he has an (R) after his name, and an M, right?) have they not listened to the tapes? Read the transcripts? They might want to, it's not pretty.

    About time this guy stepped down.

  • kvnsmnsn Springville, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 1:19 p.m.

    Mike in Sandy posted:

    =If, as rumored, he asks for a deal with no criminal prosecution, isn't that, in
    =itself, an admission of criminal activity?

    Not in today's world. His recognition that he doesn't have enough money to launch a legal fight, doesn't mean he couldn't have won the legal fight if he had had enough money.

  • Innovate Spanish Fork, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 12:44 p.m.


    The federal investigation showed nothing and now I am asking myself about the competence of our state legislators in pushing Swallow from office. I wonder what other stories are behind the story that nobody is telling us. What is the state legislature hiding? As a delegate, I anticipate some changes to the legislature at least in my district.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 12:30 p.m.

    If there are illegal actions that result in criminal charges against soon to be ex-AG Swallow, let the legal system proceed. For the rest of us, let the governor appoint another AG and get on with the business of governing Utah. The AG is the governor's legal council so allow him to chose whomever he wants. Another election is expensive and unnecessary.

  • New to Utah PAYSON, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 12:20 p.m.

    Brer Rabbit you nailed it. Lockhart,Valentine, Reyes three peas in a pod.See no evil, hear no evil,speak no evil and we get the whole shebang.

  • Brer Rabbit Spanish Fork, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 10:39 a.m.

    All we have heard is allegations. In my opinion if Becky Lockhart and other House members were worried about corruption they should have looked into the dealings of Mark Shurtleff years ago, but now he is beyond their reach. The U.S. Attorney found no problem with Swallow.

    This all looks political. Sen Valentine wants to be A.G. making it look even more political, since he and Speaker Lockhart are so tight politically. Then there is Rep Cox who was recently appointed Lt Gov. Was this his political reward for being the primary pusher of the Swallow issue? They didn't dare do it to Shurtleff, but after Valentine failed to get the Republican nomination why not push Swallow out?

    Then again they may have been disappointed that Sean Reyes wasn't nominated. Watch for his name to also appear as a candidate, but my money is on Valentine with Lockhart's support. Since when did the legislature start pushing out corrupt legislative or state officers for "ethical" violations? Not for a long time, making this look political.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Nov. 22, 2013 10:29 a.m.

    I'm not going to pile on John Swallow. He's made an appropriate choice. However, if the law allows the same Republican cronyism to choose the next Attorney General, then the law needs to be changed--just like a baby, and for the same reason. Can we at least have a reputable person in the job, Gov. Herbert?

  • brightness Taylorsville, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 9:39 a.m.

    He should submit his resignation right now and not prolong our suffering any longer. The state needs to move forward and start healing the damage and injury and restore the public trust and confidence. We are all dispensable and it is correct for him to resign and save the integrity of our judicial system.

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    Nov. 22, 2013 9:31 a.m.

    OK, now I get it --

    John Swallow only "resigns" once he runs of HIS money,
    Giving No thought about what this has cost US the tax-payer's money.

  • New to Utah PAYSON, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 9:29 a.m.

    BYUfootballrocks,your post clarified how gullible people rush to judgment when they simply don't have the facts, thankyou. 50 stories on Swallows wrongs is an overkill that would down even the best office holder.Swallow was a regular person who truly wanted to serve, he was not perfect but the hearsay, innuendo, allegations had such a crescendo that no one could hear anything but what the media constantly printed.

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    Nov. 22, 2013 9:28 a.m.

    I don't live in Utah, but have many relatives who do. I really can't speak either way about innocence or guilt here, though I have an aunt who is convinced of his guilt.

    What concerns me is that such things should ever take place. I mean, what happened to the days when our biggest argument against an elected official was that we simply didn't like they way the parted their hair, or the type of car the drove. That allegations of this type should be made in the first place only demonstrates further how corrupt our government has become.

    I believe firmly that our type of government is a pretty good one (not perfect), but probably the best around. Somehow we need to revisit qualities and qualifications for government officials that contribute to the well being of our society -- and soon.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 8:04 a.m.

    If this man had been within the performance of his duties he would have some protection with the State's attorney general's office. However, the accusations indicate he was outside of his duties as the Chief Deputy and as the AG. Mark Shurtleff had his man, John Swallow do his dirty work and so he appears to not be impacted by these actions prior to Mark Shurtleff leaving office in January 2013. They are both attorneys that are supposed to uphold the law not work around it. With a President and Senate leaders working around the system, at least these two Attorney Generals can say that they just did what others have done and feel some satisfaction if not joy. Mr. Swallow says it has taken a toll on his family. It has taken a toll on the State of Utah to have multiple investigations and charges against a Chief Deputy and then Attorney General due to His supposed actions validated by documentation and/or recordings. Even if he ends up a free man, he treads on thin ice and is now walking alone. A public figure needs to avoid the appearance of evil and in politics in Illinos, jail

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 7:57 a.m.

    Mr. Swallow as your ship sinks you proclaim your innocence. You wipe your electronic data in order to stop or stall the investigation and still yet maintain your innocence. Your behavior is not in line with your words.

    Seems to me you are sad that you have to play by the rules and are more sad that you got caught.

    As you claim you are 100% not guilty it shows me you are not the right type of person for this office

  • Uncle Rico Sandy, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 7:24 a.m.

    Headline should have read. "John Swallow resigning in order to avoid criminal charges"

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Nov. 22, 2013 7:14 a.m.

    I have no opinion on if Swallow lied or not.... not my job.... and I don't have enough information. But the irony of some who call for a "wait for judgement" - in other cases themselves rush to judgement with no more facts than we have here... sometimes is hard to understand.

    Wouldn't it be nice if such things weren't so driven by partisan politics. I do applaud the republicans here cleaning up their own camp.... that is how it should be. Right is right, wrong is wrong - regardless of political affiliation.

    As we have all seen.... these issues broadly crosses the political spectrum.

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 6:05 a.m.

    Perhaps it would be wise to wait until the report comes out and see what charges have merit and which do not.

    Let's make this an educational experience and see if anything can be learned from it.

    Also just because he resigned does not mean the House Committee report, Salt Lake County District Attorney report and the Davis County's District Attorney report should stop.

    They should be completed and made public.

    Let's throw some light on this process and see if any thing is wrong and what can we learn from it in the future

  • Commodore West Jordan, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 5:06 a.m.

    I think Mr. Swallow didn't have a leg to stand on when he was caught asking on tape, "Do they know about the houseboat?. Is there any paper trail on that?" In my mind I ask myself, " Why would anyone worry about that unless it was illegal or severely inappropriate?" Either way you slice it or dice it, Swallow hanged himself and those words truly started it.

    Now let's hope someone with a clean record becomes our new AG; Public office requires the trust of the public.

  • JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt Beverly Hills, CA
    Nov. 22, 2013 12:27 a.m.

    This is an admission of wrongdoing. If this were me and I were innocent, I would run down my fiances to the last cent to fight this.

    The people of Utah chose two massively better and non-baggage candidates but still chose this crooked guy. Utah, stop automatically voting for the person with the R by the name.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 10:15 p.m.

    The lynch mob won.

    An individual, no matter how innocent, cannot hold out forever against multiple investigations, mostly politically motivated, by government entities with limitless tax dollars to keep the meter running on defense attorneys until the accused simply runs out of money for lawyers.

    This is a sad day, and NOT a victory for truth or justice, but rather proof that the massive force of government can take down any individual for whatever reason. And that people with questionable motives can induce government entities to do their bidding.

  • russhoops OGDEN, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 10:02 p.m.

    So if John Swallow steps down from the position of Attorney General, why doesn't the person that he was running against in the last election automatically get that position. He ran against Dee Smith. It seems that it would save the taxpayers and the Republican Party time and money if they simply approved Dee Smith as the new Attorney General.

  • 1Observer Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 9:51 p.m.

    I am not going to kick at a man when he is down. We still subscribe to innocent until proven guilty in this country. What I will say is that Utah voters need to pay more attention to who they elect. They need to look deeper than party and religious labels. Many of these allegations swirled around Shurtleff and Swallow long before he was elected and people, for whatever reason, failed to consider the allegations or spend any time digging deeper. This is not a critique on any particular group or faith, because this happens all over the country with people of all polticial and religious persuasions. Voters are lazy and only take in what slick marketing campaigns feed them - hence Swallow, Obama and a host of other politicians of dubious character are now filling high offices.

  • McMurphy St George, Utah
    Nov. 21, 2013 8:59 p.m.

    just curious -- what exactly are / were the politics in the House that caused them to unjustly persecute Swallow -- a fellow Republican, Mormon and member of the good old boys club ??

  • Homer1 MIDVALE, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 8:39 p.m.

    Swallow is not a "good" honest man. What is wrong with people? He was a well-known political deal-maker way before his AG campaign, going back to two failed congressional campaigns. Everyone knew about him and would roll their eyes. But, for some reason, our Republican establishment overlooked several decent and capable candidates who showed their commitment to public service. Swallow's commitment was always for his own interests--I mean money. He saw public office as the ticket to more deals and more money. This pursuit of money and then political power as the means to get more money is the complete opposite of a "good, honest" man.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 8:26 p.m.

    Simple solution. Amend the state constitution. The Governor appoints the AG. The AG and the governor would be from the same party. Just like at the federal level. The AG is a law enforcement position. It should not be an elected office. Just a thought.

  • DraperUteFan Draper, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 8:25 p.m.

    @ Shame on You,

    You "infer" and assume the media has lied and Swallow has always been truthful. This isn't about "false accusers" but about what is already part of the public record.

    Simple question, did the news media make up the audio tape where Swallow questions his own ethics by having the meeting with a shady business man? Did the media make up lies and accusations about campaign law violations that led to Swallow voluntarily step down before a criminal investigation ensued and a possible invalidation of the election results? Did the media lie about reports that a considerable number of electronic records were inexplicably expunged from Mr. Swallow's every device? Were there lies and misrepresentations about income that was funneled through Mr. Swallow's wife's name instead of his own as "consulting income" that was not reported?

    Bottom line, AG is a position of ethics as much as anything. Every person who has fully followed this story and attorneys I know who have personal dealings or knowledge of Mr. Swallow's past and tactics, will tell you the state of Utah deserves a better AG. I wonder how much you really kept up with it all.

  • MemoFromA Demo SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 8:18 p.m.

    "DeseretHiker wrote: " ... while trying to avoid actually breaking the law, (Swallow) has carefully tiptoed along the bare edges of illegal and unethical conduct."

    So now, lets consider how the political fundraising game is being played by many of our elected officials and politicians who carefully tiptoe along the bare edges of illegal and unethical conduct. Like Swallow, here's an example of how the fundraising / influence game is played.

    1) Political candidate or elected official organizes a campaign committee.

    2) Campaign committee organizes a fundraising dinner, -- with tables going for $50K, $25K, $10K, $5K, etc.

    3) Campaign committee makes a list of all people and businesses the candidate knows who are doing business with the various governmental agencies.

    4) Campaign committee calls up potential donors on their list and asks if they would like to sponsor a table, -- i.e., make a “campaign contribution" of $50,000, $25,000, $10,000, $5,000, etc.

    So, whats an individual or businessman suppose to say when approached for money? -- "No thanks, I'm not hungry!" ?? To me, this type of fund raising is political extortion that, like Swallow, is tiptoeing along the edges of illegal and unethical. And it’s happening all the time!

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 7:54 p.m.

    General Tarbet, Former Commander of the Utah Army National Guard should be the next AG. He is an attorney and has an outstanding record of public service and integrity.

  • byufootballrocks Herndon, VA
    Nov. 21, 2013 7:43 p.m.

    Shame on you....

    For coming on these boards and ripping apart a man's character. Every single critical writer on this thread did not even have the courage to cite a single, verifiable fact against John Swallow, his actions or character.

    The apostle Paul prophesied that in our day men would be "false accusers."

    Look at how eager and willing so many are here in Utah to believe the inferences and lies the media is feeding them and especially that if there is an "allegation" it must be true.

    John Swallow did himself beautifully in that press conference today, standing up against the lies and accusations that have been leveled against him with truth, candor, sincerity, and facts. He has the heart of an honest man and that was evident. Here is the essence of leadership, and a very capable leader at that.

    John Swallow, you have my 100% support. God bless you and your family.

  • DraperUteFan Draper, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 7:23 p.m.

    @ New to Utah
    Swallow was not going to step down and told us he would be exonerated. Why step down now? Because the latest news showed records were missing and criminal misdemeanors were inevitable. Vicious witch hunt? The guy was the top lawmaker in the state and there was smoke coming from every direction. Evil or the appearance of evil...ultimately he used bad judgment and lost the public trust. Herbert seemed glad to be rid of him. Other Republicans wanted to distance themselves from him.

    There were too many smoking guns. Whether criminal or not, only time will tell, but his paranoid belief that he was being deliberately ousted makes no sense. He was a Republican in a state that doesn't like change, confrontation, or Democrats (in no particular order).

    If you are going to be AG, there better not be a hint of wrongdoing or illegal activity. It is a legal position, not a political one. Reyes tried to convince everyone of that in the Republican primary, but incumbency from Shurtleff and a boatload of money spent to win the election got Swallow elected.

    A change needed to be made to restore the public trust.

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    Nov. 21, 2013 7:20 p.m.

    All those house republicans I wrote over this who did not want to do anything, professional courtesy is too common in politics.

  • John C. C. Payson, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 7:03 p.m.

    According to Utah Code, 20A-4-402-(1),

    "The election or nomination of [John Swallow] to [the office of Utah Attorney General]...may be contested according to the procedures established in this part...when the person declared elected has...committed any other offense against the elective franchise...."

    Since when does a deal between Swallow and his fellow Republicans against the 2nd place winner of the Attorney General election invalidate this law?

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Nov. 21, 2013 6:59 p.m.

    It seems like he could have saved himself a lot of money, not to mention taxpayer's dollars by doing this months ago when everyone was calling for his resignation.

  • New to Utah PAYSON, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 6:21 p.m.

    I believe that John Swallow is innocent. I have actually helped in campaigns for statewide office and understand how mindboogling the paperwork and disclosures are. Utah's media engaged in a viscious witch hunt with unfounded allegations and hearsay trumping sound journalism and thoughtful reflection to oust a decent public servant. John Swallow was not perfect but 50 stories and constant rumblings of wrong doing on a sustained basis is big time over reach.The result is going to be fewer qualified leaders running for elective office. Why mess up ones life if there is a gotcha mentality for those brave enough to throw their hat in the ring?

  • downunder south jordan, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 6:17 p.m.

    Why was Doug Wright so involved in this announcement?

  • danaslc Kearns, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 6:15 p.m.

    This is not just about Swallow. I am sure there are many that knew exactly what was going on. Way before he ever lied or ever was elected to office. This spans many years. Not just a few. It will interesting if others show up among the accused. I really don't think they will ever be named. Maybe in a few years Swallow can write a book.

  • New to Utah PAYSON, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 6:09 p.m.

    Left Wing advocacy group (likely with money from Billionaire George Soros) Alliance for a Better Utah went on a fishing expedition to undue an election because the winner was a conservative, John Swallow. Take a look at the website of Alliance for a Better Utah and see if it reflects the values of the majority of the people of Utah.John Swallow was dead in the water once the legislature refused any money to defend the office and the state of Utah had millions. These left wing advocacy groups are nothing more than liberal Democrats using subtle means to destroy as many conservatives as possible. The Utah House should be on notice that these groups will not stop with the resignation of John Swallow. DN where are the 50 articles on liberal groups influence peddling and Obama's over reaching to take over health care and lying about being able to keep ones insurance if you like it.Liberals continue to get off scot free and conservatives face scrutiny.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 6:06 p.m.

    The neck and the head are connected with Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow. They have both been elected AGs and politically motivated to push elections to the limit with "legality" and sort of Integrity. When you see the billboards all around the freeways from a car dealer that emphasizes integrity and honesty, John Swallow probably gets sick of those innuendos for his dealings.

    The process goes to the time when he beat Sean Reyes and not just the general election. Give me some donuts while we talk about double dealing with the public, voters, and the Attorney General's office.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 6:03 p.m.

    Why shouldn't we have another election?

    Why does Herbert and his boys club GOP get to decide who the new AG is?

    Sorry folks, but you lost. You have a credibility issue. Let the people decide who the new AG is. Not the same corrupt people who got us into this mess in the first place!

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 5:15 p.m.

    Open minded mormon,

    Selective memory loss for all of the Democrat politicians from Detroit, San Diego, Illinois, New Jersey to the WH who have been involved in political scandal in addition to the multiple lies, excuse me "improper promises" made by the current regime. Scandals and shady politicians are the only thing in our government that is bipartisan.

  • BYR West Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 5:13 p.m.

    "The first-term Republican continued to vigorously maintain his innocence of any wrongdoing. He singled out the Utah House special investigative committee as having it for him"... Told ya so. See the very first comment on this article.

  • U-tar Woodland Hills, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 5:03 p.m.

    Perhaps the Swallow investigation should extend into the Deseret news and KSL. Coverup. Doug Wright from the Doug Left show would be a good start.

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 4:40 p.m.

    He's resigning for election violations so... why not have the guy he defeated (improperly the allegations say) be the next Attorney General. That was Sean Reyes. Why not? Why have us subject to the buddy of the Governor or a crony, or an insider. When USC cheated and lost their #1 spot, they were replaced by the #2.

  • midvale guy MIDVALE, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 4:37 p.m.

    the real question is would his office have offered a sweet plea bargain deal like this one to somebody else in a similar situation? I think not. The best they would've done is reduce some of the charges for a plea bargain. He should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law just like everyone else. This whole thing has cost us, the taxpayers, millions of dollars. By the way, it really doesn't matter what party he is from, dishonesty cannot be attributed to any single party. It is a despicable trait that everyone suffers from, it's just a question of degree.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 4:35 p.m.

    This whole thing is nuts! John Swallow is a good man; he was the victim of a witch hunt by career politicians and the news media who sensationalized this whole thing. Jeremy Johnson (who is in prison) is the one who thought he could "nail" Swallow as the scapegoat for his numerous misdeeds. Lots of people fell for it.

    I wonder if in all the comments above there is anyone who has been falsely accused of anything in your lifetime, and you had a hard time clearing your own name and reputation. I think John Swallow is a good man and is innocent of any wrong doing. I wish him and his family the best in trying to piece together their lives.

    In the meantime there are slick politicians at the top of the heap and a biased media who are really destroying our country. Heaven help us! May we wake up and save our country

  • spring street SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 4:33 p.m.


    "I fear the way this has played out could portend the beginning of "gotcha" politics in this state, with rival parties looking at every possible misstep of a candidate or elected official in an effort to bring him or her down."
    I agree but I have to wonder were you have been if you don't think this has been going on for a while not just here but across the country? Shirtliff and swallow have taken their share of shots at others but it still does not make it right.

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 4:16 p.m.

    Sim Gill--and others-- are not done investigating, and the Feds are assisting.
    This does not bode well for him.

  • Shelama SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 4:02 p.m.

    Coming soon to a strip mall near you...

    Shurtleff & Swallow, LLC –– No Case Too Small

  • Old Navy Provo, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 3:53 p.m.

    Why wait until December 3rd? Why not immediately?

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 3:40 p.m.

    I feel bad for him as a man and for his family. But, I do think he at minimum violated appropriate ethical standards and should have resigned. I guess the question I now have is why? Was the culture of the AG's office sketchy to where he thought it was OK? Was his predecessor similarly culpable? I just don't think he operated in a vacuum.

  • byufootballrocks Herndon, VA
    Nov. 21, 2013 3:27 p.m.

    This was a classic "crafted by the media" scandal and it's a sad day, and the Deseret News was complicit in the matter.

    Just because someone is "suspected" of something by the media not mean it's true. But the media can repeat an "allegation" over and over, day after day, because it's then a "story" (even though they made it a story, protestations to the contrary aside), and whether it's true or not then becomes a footnote.

    Then, when because of politics or public pressure, an "investigation" is conducted, well, the purpose of an investigation these days to get an accusation confirmed, or find some other supposed "dirt" on a person, to justify the "investigation."

    In the process, a lot of people get hurt. The Deseret News treated John Swallow very poorly. Because of its effect on people's lives, it's an awesome and terrible responsibility to run a journalism enterprise, and the negative power of such needs to be a constant consideration by the management of a newspaper or media company.

  • regis Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 3:26 p.m.

    This is a good day for the State of Utah only insofar as it is better than the alternative, i.e., Swallow remaining in office. No matter your political affiliation, no one should be crowing or reveling in this development. The whole affair has been traumatic for the state and for the integrity of the Attorney General's office.

    Swallow was clearly "ethically challenged" and needed to go. But I fear the way this has played out could portend the beginning of "gotcha" politics in this state, with rival parties looking at every possible misstep of a candidate or elected official in an effort to bring him or her down.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 3:20 p.m.

    So now KSL radio is reporting that he didn't cut a deal, at least that's what he indicated in his resignation speech, so we are left to wonder if there was a deal of it there wasn't a deal.

    See how speculating and using unnamed sources can get you in trouble regarding being accurate in news stories? Many people won't care---just that he's gone---but surely it is important to know if there was a deal cut or not. If there wasn't a deal, why would your source say their was? Poof---there goes their credibility. If there was a deal, why wouldn't he admit it?

    You can't have it both ways----either there was or wasn't and the public, quite frankly, deserves to know the truth. I expect the Deseret News to be a little more forthcoming with news of this magnitude and not hide behind unnamed, speculative sources for this story, even though it may result in not being the first to break the story. Accuracy in news reporting is a premium these days, as observed.

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 3:22 p.m.

    The only truthful thing he said was that's he's resigning.

  • Deserthiker SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 2:50 p.m.

    I couldn't be more disappointed in Swallow's conduct. Reading all the reports about his actions, a clear picture emerges of a man who, while trying to avoid actually breaking the law, has carefully tiptoed along the bare edges of illegal and unethical conduct. Had his motive truly been to serve the people he would have long since resigned to save the State the tax dollars wasted on his investigation and to restore credibility to the AG office. Only now, caught by his own actions in destroying electronic records to obstruct the investigation, (what was he hiding?) and incriminated by evidence uncovered in the State's investigation sufficient to file criminal charges, does he leverage the threat of further embarrassment for the State, and political compromise for his party to selfishly duck criminal accountability (which any private citizen would have to answer for) and skulk off the public stage. My trust in Swallow to uphold the law with integrity and to serve the people of Utah with honor, the basis of my vote for him last November, was clearly misplaced. Utah deserved better.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 2:46 p.m.

    @ Open Minded Mormon:

    You really don't sound so open minded when you list only Republicans who possibly should've resigned. There is also a growing list of Democrats that you conviently forgot to mention, starting with the biggies...

    Bill Clinton... sexual misconduct and lying under oath.
    Barack Obama... not enough room to list all the ongoing reasons of incompetence, lying and Constitutional law breaking.
    Eric Holder... lying under oath (Fast and Furious, etc.)
    Numerous democrat congressmen (past and present) for a host of deceiptful reasona. At a minimum.


    If Swallow would've resigned when the handwriting on the wall was first evident and so many people were encouraging him to, think of all the good the $1,5000,000 already spent on this special investigation could've done for much better purposes, especially involving poor people.

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    Nov. 21, 2013 2:30 p.m.

    Woodland Hills, UT
    I think Mr. Swallow should take a long trip with the Shurtleff's, preferably out of Utah.

    1:24 p.m. Nov. 21, 2013


    Not a bad idea.

    I mean, they've already have made all those kinds of "connections." [wink-wink, nod-nod...]

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 2:18 p.m.

    The good, old boy network cuts a deal to avoid further embarrassment. No deals for crooks!!

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    Nov. 21, 2013 1:58 p.m.

    Funny you shoudl mention it Ted.
    Let's look at political resignations - and show their politcal party affiliations...


    Liberal Ted
    Salt Lake City, UT

    I can think of a president, [Richard Nixon - WaterGate - R]
    vice president, {Spiro Agnew - extortion, tax fraud, bribery, and conspiracy - R]
    former speaker of the house [Newt Ginrich - House ethics viloations - R]
    and a
    senate majority leader [Trent Lott - Racist comments - R]

    that should resign for their crimes. At minimum.

    It would be nice if we had more elected criminals resign.

    12:01 p.m. Nov. 21, 2013


    But I agree,
    It would be nice if we had more elected criminal resign.

    John Swallow has finally made the right decision.

  • Noodlekaboodle Poplar Grove, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 1:35 p.m.

    So if Swallow was illegally elected, and he resigns, the GOP just gets to appoint a new AG? If the election was illegal the results should be voided and there should be a special election to fill the seat, it shouldn't matter if the illegally elected person steps down or not.

  • plyxply SLC, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 1:29 p.m.

    I would be interested to see what would happen with Shurtleff if some of his misdeeds become public information. Would he be granted a deal as well?
    It's too bad the republican party doesn't do a better job of vetting their candidates. There was plenty of this information out there about Swallow before he was selected to be the republican candidate, why didn't anyone say anything about it then?

  • U-tar Woodland Hills, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 1:24 p.m.

    I think Mr. Swallow should take a long trip with the Shurtleff's, preferably out of Utah.

  • No One Of Consequence West Jordan, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 1:23 p.m.

    Resignation to avoid prosecution does not constitute an admission of guilt. It's cheaper and easier than defending against charges, innocent or guilty.

    Not good for a political future - an acquittal makes for a better resume than a plea bargain. But there is a future in the private sector for an attorney who knows when to cut a deal and walk away.

  • southmtnman Provo, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 1:18 p.m.

    These kinds of people and shenanigans are why I no longer consider myself a Republican - I didn't leave the Party; the Grand Ol' Party left me!

  • George F Salt Lake , UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 1:15 p.m.

    Will he still be allowed to implicate others or as part of the plea will he be required to stay quiet. I think there could be other politicians who may have some things to worry about.

  • non believer PARK CITY, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 12:27 p.m.

    For someone who has proclaimed their innocence over and over, this is a very surprising move!

  • md Cache, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 12:28 p.m.

    If he committed a crime, resigning shouldn't absolve him of any responsibility for it.

  • 2 bit Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 12:25 p.m.

    Oh well... one less character flawed politician for the DMN and the Trib to write about. What are they going to write about now? There are plenty like him around.

    This usually turns into a tit-for-tat "you took down one of ours we'll take down one of yours" things. So expect the next one to be a Democrat. Both papers will have lots of room to fill.

    I thought he would be gone in the next election... but it sounds from the article like he eventually saw the writing on the wall and did the right thing by leaving office.

    I've always thought he was a weasel (even before these recent revelations). I just thought he deserved the same due process we all deserve (so I disagreed with the people calling for impeachment, prison time for misdemeanor offenses, etc). I have no problem with him stepping down. I have a problem with people who think political rivalries give them the right to throw people in jail who have done nothing warranting jail time, mainly because they hate anybody from the other party.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 12:22 p.m.

    Deal cutting is an economic decision, not one born of justice. Would, I wonder, Mr. Swallow allow this same type of deal for the ordinary person or are these types of kid-glove treatments reserved for the influential and well-healed only? Are the prosecutors just wishing to save a difficult day at the office so they offered this deal? The public deserves better, by the way.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 12:13 p.m.

    Imagine the time and resources this case has wasted. Horrible.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 12:01 p.m.

    I can think of a president, vice president, former speaker of the house and a senate majority leader that should resign for their crimes. At minimum.

    It would be nice if we had more elected criminals resign.

  • thebig1 SLC, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 11:47 a.m.

    not to cut him any slack, but how many elected officials would have there job if everything came out about them?

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 11:24 a.m.


    It's happening. The sources are not bogus, UNLIKE Mr. Swallow's behavior, and subsequent stonewalling of the investigation.

  • Arm of Orion Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 11:19 a.m.

    Toosmart they probably won't reveal their sources out of professional courtesy.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 11:03 a.m.

    Since when is speculation "news?" And why won't you reveal your sources? This seems to parallel the whole thing about Mr. Swallow.

  • Curmudgeon Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 10:50 a.m.

    He should have resigned long ago because it is the right thing to do. Now, his resignation will be seen as bowing to political pressure and an attempt to head off potential prosecution, a much less noble reason to quit. But then, he has shown no class up to now, so no one should be surprised when he cites some bogus reason for stepping down, rather than confess that he broke the law and does not deserve to be the top law enforcement officer of the state.

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 10:38 a.m.

    If, as rumored, he asks for a deal with no criminal prosecution, isn't that, in itself, an admission of criminal activity?

  • splitme2 West Jordan, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 10:38 a.m.

    It's about time! I really hope he does resign and let the state move on.

  • BYR West Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 10:22 a.m.

    But he will claim he is innocent and blame somebody.