Comments about ‘Utah A.G. John Swallow: 'No way to convince people I'm innocent'’

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Published: Monday, Dec. 2 2013 12:50 p.m. MST

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Esquire
Springville, UT

There is a lot of information that doesn't look good for this "victim."

Shamal
Happy Valley, UT

I agree with Mr Swallow. He's not going to convince anyone that he's innocent.

I'll guess that all statements given today were written back when he calculated his pension eligibility date and how long he could keep state legal resources that have kept him in his job before they'd become self pay.

There is nothing noble nor "quiet" about what he's doing.

micawber
Centerville, UT

One way to convince people he is innocent, would be to begin telling the truth. Of course his resignation was tied to his retirement vesting.

Ranch
Here, UT

Well John, you could have avoided the appearance of impropriety to begin with. Then there wouldn't be anything to prove your innocence about, would there?

We don't believe you are innocent because everything points to guilty. You should have never gone to the dark side to begin with.

GZE
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

When will the "go quietly" part start?

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

Swallow has become implicated with Shurtleff in being too helpful with certain businesses in the state.
These same businesses were willing to provide perks for the advice given by the AG office.
This is an office culture that was fostered over the years and appeared normal, but their helpfulness was selective.
The fact that Swallow could not see that is a problem in and of itself, especially for an AG.

Schwa
South Jordan, UT

"I don't know how you're not aware of where you are."

What does that mean?

Mike in Sandy
Sandy, UT

An honest man has nothing to fear from the truth.
He is not comfortable.

Mike in Sandy
Sandy, UT

"I don't know how you're not aware of where you are."

A double entendre...How he didn't know that cameras and electronic records are EVERYWHERE is beyond me.

You won't convince us you're innocent until you can explain EXACTLY what you meant when asking if a "paper trail" existed of your use of Jensen's houseboat.
Or until it can be reasonably explained why all your emails, tablets, phones etc disappeared at the same time. And coincidentally covered the time frame of your misdeeds, clandestine meetings, vacations, and improprieties. Geez...what bad luck, eh?

Why Utah voted for him, essentially a business lawyer, when the democratic candidate was SO much more qualified for the job of Attorney General is also inane.

Straitpath
PROVO, UT

I have been the victim of an "investigation." You will never understand how it works until it happens to you. I believe John Swallow is innocent. I also believe he would not be able to prove it.

DN Subscriber 2
SLC, UT

When political enemies with investigative powers and unlimited resources go after an individual, NO ONE can withstand the onslaught indefinitely, even if totally innocent.

The most telling investigation, (and which was requested by Swallow himself!) is the one conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice, and which found nothing wrong. Everything after that is just opportunistic piling on by fellow republicans who do not want to be seen as excusing "god old boy firends); or cheap political attacks by partisans from the opposition party, and also by fringe liberal advocacy groups. All, of course, goaded by the liberal media.

Swallow may not be a perfect person, but I think he has done less harm to Utah and Utahns that his accusers and their witch hunt.

Karma for his accusers will be sweet to observe, as their days will surely come.

midvale guy
MIDVALE, UT

I would like to have this gentleman have his day in court. After spending the millions of dollars to investigate him we should have our day in court as well. he needs to pay the full penalty of the law. He also needs to have any future money denied because he has already cost us enough due to his shady dealings and questionable character. It is not a mere coincidence that he waits until after December 1 to resign and he needs to make up some lame excuse for that as well. He needs to be tried and convicted, and after that the best thing he could possibly do is leave the state as soon as possible, regardless of the outcome. This whole situation is a complete outrage and makes me so angry that it sickens me. His denials only make it worse.

jasonlivy
Orem, UT

Whether or not he is innocent seems to be based on subjectivity. Obviously Swallow believes he's innocent based on his interpretation of the law. However, others with a different perspective are viewing the facts differently.

We all live in our own reality. John believes he is innocent no matter what the evidence shows.

Personally I want people who have integrity and honesty to hold the highest offices of our state. John may not deserve all that has been thrown at him and his family, but I don't believe he has the level of integrity and honesty that this office demands.

It almost seems a fantasy to think that we can have people in office who have these attributes. The federal government has systematically stripped any hope of integrity and honesty from our public officials. The state of Utah has been a beacon of hope in this regard, and John has tarnished that a bit.

I hope the best for him and his family. May we as a state forgive him and then demand that those who hold office do so with the utmost respect for the office. It is not a right nor a privilege but a responsibility!

ca2000
West Wendover, NV

@DN Subscriber 2 & Straitpath--I agree with both of you wholeheartedly. As an outsider (Nevada) I have watched this closely. I used to live in Utah, and I also feel he is innocent; I, too, have been the victim of an "investigation." Innocent, but accusations totally out of my control.
The political animal can be ravaging at times.
I hope he can put his life back together.

justired
Fillmore, UT

May I suggest Mr. John (R. Nixon) Swallow, the applicable quote in this situation is "I'm not a crook"!

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

Could go to trial and face the evidence.

micawber
Centerville, UT

@DN Subscriber 2: Why is the Justice Department probe the most important? It did not bear on the same issues as the Lieutenant Governor's investigation. The Justice Department declined to prosecute the allegations before it, but it did not weigh in on the campaign disclosure issues.

Curmudgeon
Salt Lake City, UT

In a weird way, Swallow reminds me of Col. Jessop and his famous line in "A Few Good Men":

"You can't handle the TRUTH."

JWB
Kaysville, UT

The problem with this man is he has lived in a marginal world of truth and that has blinded his eye for making judgments. As the Attorney General for the State of Utah, his staff knew his dealings and didn't feel comfortable about his leadership, even as the Chief Deputy Attorney General. AG Shurtleff knew that Swallow was on the edge but joined with him on some of the excursions, right and left of the center line. Politics in Chicago are similar to that meandering and means that jail time ends of in some of those politician's futures.

Truth is truth for some and only the facts change. I am sure the $1.5 million or so, so far, have plenty of facts they have in their files. There are some that will never surface as the devices were deleted of their files. It still seems as if the State of Utah Information Technology or investigation labs including the FBIs assets could be used to the backup files that are required for those state employees.

Forensics are what he wanted to avoid but if laws were broken by the top law dog, then there is a problem.

Shamal
Happy Valley, UT

DN Subscriber 2,
I can't tell if you think he is "totally innocent" or just "imperfect".
His inappropriate dealings are not up for debate. They happened. Hes on tape. We don't need all of the follow-on allegations and federal and state investigations to refute innocence. He should have stepped down when he lost(betrayed) the public trust and polarized the office.
I assume that he has spent the interim drawing a six figure salary while he coordinated his state funded legal resources. Once the free ride was over and his pension assured, it came time to focus on caring for the lifestyle he's grown accustomed to.
Shouldn't I be angry?

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