@New to Utah"Or else" what? I'm sure the groups you
reference would be glad to see Sen. Lee and the Governor out of office. Why not
use this strategy against them? Why the AG?Mr. Swallow made his
mistakes on his own. There were folks of both political parties involved in
bringing those mistake to light. I find your assumption that the
groups you reference have any effective leverage on a state legislature
controlled by Mr. Swallow's party, to be a bit of a stretch. Even assuming
the "or else" was a pledge to look into a legislator's past, I see
no wrong there. All public servants should expect vetting and transparency.Finally, I consider myself an average Utahn and a Republican and I had
no issue with the press handling of this matter. If anything, there was often a
failure by the press to ask Mr. Swallow the hard (but obvious) questions about
the allegations, instead of letting him use the press as his soapbox without
Maryann Martindale,executive of Alliance for a Better Utah,clearly a liberal
pressure group must be dancing in the street. She along with all the Democrat
party partisans, Jeremy Johnson and all the other felons connected to this
political witch hunt have had the opportunity to vent and taint Swallow. The
dozens of conversations I've had with everyday Utahan's paints a very
different picture. It is one of disgust of the media for overkill and
zealousness in pursuing every allegation, insinuation or hearsay. It is clear he
got bad legal advice in filling out the csampaign disclosure but this is a civil
issue. Swallows enemies made it clear that the legislature better get him out of
office or else and they certainly complied like cowed cattle. The truth be told
there are many black eyes in this whole affair, the media,the legislature and
John Swallow. It shows the relentless pursuit by liberals with unlimited money
can bring down a statewide conservative office holder. Everyone should take note
and be aware.
I have no desire to kick the guy while he's down, but unless he's
willing to forfeit his pension, I think the investigations should continue and
criminal charges brought, if warranted, and if he's convicted, he'll
forfeit his pension.I've yet to hear him demonstrate how he was
functioning as AG. He seemed to care not at all that the citizens of Utah and
the attorneys in the AG's office were without a functioning AG. The fact
that he didn't go into the office on his last day but instead spent the day
giving interviews was consistent with his behavior during his entire term. He
spent much more time on his personal matters than he did serving the people of
Utah. The public record shows he spent a lot of time lobbying
investigators and speaking to the press about his personal matters rather than
working as the AG. He hasn't demonstrated that he earned his pay while in
office and since there's no showing that he was functioning as AG, I
don't believe his time in office should allow him to vest in his pension.
One way to help prove your innocence would be to ask the committee to continue
to retrive all of the deleted emails from your electronic devices. The feeling
among many people is that the committee wants to end the investigation because
the deleted emails would embarass and possibly implicate other officials in
conservative republican playing the victim card?! how deliciously ironic
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?
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.
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."
@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.
Could go to trial and face the evidence.
May I suggest Mr. John (R. Nixon) Swallow, the applicable quote in this
situation is "I'm not a crook"!
@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
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!
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.
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.
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.
"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.
An honest man has nothing to fear from the truth.He is not comfortable.
"I don't know how you're not aware of where you are."What does that mean?
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.
When will the "go quietly" part start?
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.
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.
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.
There is a lot of information that doesn't look good for this