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New recording, texts show worries about keeping information secret

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 18 2013 10:00 p.m. MST

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Woodland Hills, UT

Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.

Mike in Sandy
Sandy, UT

I don't believe it. When he resigned, he said he had done nothing wrong.
Heck...he even said that on the "Doug Wright" show.

Bluffdale, UT

It would seem that some in the Attorney Generals office were out of control. Don't they have to follow the same rules that regular state employees have to follow with regards to receiving or soliciting bribes? It makes me think that the AG's office should come under the purview of the Governor's office ie not have the AG elected. This has become a power corrupts situation. Sad.

Something to think about
Ogden, UT

I just hope if Swallow is found to be guilty of some type of criminal act, the state will not, not give him his retirement as per him waiting to resign!

It would be sad to see him take advantage of the state... twice!

Mike in Sandy
Sandy, UT

@Something to think about

He will be stone broke LONG before he starts getting his pension---IF he gets his pension.
That won't even cover the interest on the legal bills he'll have by that time.

one old man
Ogden, UT

The cesspool keeps getting deeper and wider.

Ivins, UT

Wow! How appropriate during the Christmas Season......the gift that keeps on giving. This office should be appointed by the governor so we can avoid some of the temptations of our state's chief legal officer having to raise campaign money.

Kaysville, UT

Having worked with people from all around the world and living in many countries, I have seen governments and businesses impacted by their leaders by integrity or lack thereof.
As Marvin J. Ashton, a former President of the Deseret Book Company and an Apostle said in April 1982, “A lie is any communication given to another with the intent to deceive.” A lie can be effectively communicated without words ever being spoken. Sometimes a nod of the head or silence can deceive. Recommending a questionable business investment, or failure to divulge all pertinent facts are a few other ways to communicate the lie.” He mentioned that the first and great liar, “telleth them that it is no sin to lie. … And thus he … causeth them to catch themselves in their own snare.” the devil, the father of all lies, to deceive and to blind men, and to lead them captive at his will.” “It is a tragedy to be the victim of lies. As Samuel Johnson wrote, “The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.”

Power can corrupt people and their processes to get gain.

Saint Louis, MO

This continues to be a very interesting and strange story. The money on the unfettered internet appears to be astronomical.

San Antonia, TX

There is no such thing as "legitimate lobbying efforts".

Anytime you are paying money to buy influence both sides get dirty. Well, not get...they are already dirty.

To think that we even allow fundraising efforts is silly. Everyone ends up owing favors to people. That is a system designed to fail.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

Ah, the government of Utah. A $100k there, $13 million here.... it's all so lucrative. Question: Does all this bribery stuff make the Utah Republican Party any less holy?

Draper, UT

Didn't Swallow, during a radio interview, say something like, "I'll never be able to prove that I'm innocent"? Seems there's a very good reason for that: He isn't! This guy needs to be severely penalized beyond the humiliation he's brought upon the state, his family and himself. A few years in the slam and permanent suspension of his license to practice law would be a good start.

Fyodor Mikhailovich
Salt Lake City, UT

While both Swallow and Shurtleff seem to have flouted the very laws they were sworn to uphold, my comment is to Sammy Linebaugh. Congratulations Sammy for being an investigative reporter for the Des. News. I have watched your career with interest from East high through the U. of U., to a KSL reporter and now with the News. I hope all is well with you and yours and wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Gene F.

Saint George, UT

Every time a politician gets in trouble-and then denies it-and then gets in more trouble, we all act surprised. Every last one of them is a crook. Why do we keep falling for it? The rule for any political office at any level must be one and done. That way, no pensions, no lifetime politicians, no dishonesty to stay in power. ONE AND DONE! ONE AND DONE!!!!

West Jordan, UT

This just keeps getting better and better.

It appears that there are many victims in this tangled web but my heart goes out to Mrs. Swallow, Mrs. Shurtleff and their children. What a terrible thing to be dealing with during the holiday season.

I'm wondering how long it will be before these wives bail on their criminal husbands?

Kaysville, UT

As one comment mentioned, why did the Federal Investigators stop with Swallow and not continue. Maybe their leaders have similar backgrounds with money laundering, lobbyists, Party games and other types of rabbit trails. Integrity should apply to the government, military and public officials but it is like lying, habits are hard to stop.

Mapleton, UT

Hush money? Bribery? Influence peddling? Oh my!!

Layton, UT

I have always been frustrated by the attempt to describe the $250,000 pay-off as a "lobbying effort." We lobby -- in the open -- to get laws passed...or not. We do not lobby to influence the outcome of a criminal investigation or to stop legitimate prosecution under the law. ANY attempt at either of these two efforts is bribery -- clear and simple....it is by NO stretch of the definition "lobbying."

New to Utah

This whole John Swallow affair is such overkill. It is
like some kind of obsession. It has been reported on too
much let the final report come and then move on. Most people
I believe are sick of it. There are many pressing
issues so cover them.

Sandy, UT

When will we ever get some laws passed on ethics and limitations on fundraising for politicians in the state of Utah? When the voters demand it. Time for every voter to get informed and write their legistators.

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