Emails shed new light on A.G. Swallow's relationship with indicted businessman Johnson

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    June 1, 2013 8:02 p.m.

    I thought this story was about Swallow but here is good ole JWB off in la-la land talking about Hillary and Obama. Hey JWB how did this go from Swallow and a problem in Utah, to a statement that Hilary made about a 3AM phone call. Wow man maybe you better lay of or at least cut back on the green Jello.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    May 31, 2013 9:00 p.m.

    Don't blame me. I voted for the other guy.

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    May 31, 2013 3:28 p.m.

    You don't need to tell me about my state's problems. They are much too numerous to count. The relavancy of my comments are more directed to a state, which is dominated by a faith, to which I also belong, that is becoming a knee-jerk GOP voting block. I would hope the species of my creed, so much represented by the great state of Utah, would be more circumspect in their leadership selections. I personally believe there could be a great contribution to the Democratic Party, for its improvement, by talented defectors. Or, maybe that's just a pipe dream.

  • kaysvillecougar KAYSVILLE, UT
    May 31, 2013 2:17 p.m.

    Ironic to get advice about running the state of Utah from a Californian. One state is practically bankrupt and one has not debt. Overall our elected leaders have established good policies for our state. Having said that, in no way do I defend John Swallow. He has some very troubling ties to certain companies that, even if he didn't benefit financially, make the business playing field uneven. He should resign.

  • Strider303 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 31, 2013 1:17 p.m.

    This mess is shameful and I feel that in what is a relatively small state politically speaking, a lot of people knew a lot more than they are admitting. It is time that we resurrect the old phrase of the Nixon scandal, what did the governor, senate president, speaker of the house, fill in the blank, know and when did they know it.

    This did not happen in a vacuum. People knew and kept silent. Mr. Swallow's association with pay day lenders, who I feel are bottom feeders socially and morally, and other fast buck artists should have triggered several investigations by the press.

    I think Mr. Swallow has rendered himself unfit for office and should resign, or be impeached.

    Mr. Swallow sold out for money. Maybe he should have held out for Wales. My apologies to Mr. Shakespeare.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    May 31, 2013 1:17 p.m.

    Did anyone read the article? Isn't it about a civil trial and the dispositions allowed in a civil trial vs a criminal trial and the dispositions allowed in a criminal trial?

    Of course the facts never get in the way for those who made up their minds before any facts were presented. Just seeing the "R" in front of Swallow's name was all the evidence that many needed to "prove" that he was guilty. That's all the evidence that they required to convict Nixon and Reagan and Bush, even as they told us that Clinton was perfectly correct in asking us what "is" is and then telling us that Obama couldn't possibly be involved in any scandals because he has yet to set foot in the White House.

    We have a two "standards" in America. One standard is impossibly high for Republicans, and, after reading these posts, the other standard is non-existent for Democrats.

    Has anybody even thought of asking Harry Reid why he tried to get Internet Gambling approved immediately after he was re-elected, but then the Democrats tell us that Reid can't be bought.

  • terra nova Park City, UT
    May 31, 2013 12:46 p.m.

    Turning and turning in the widening gyre
    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

    ...And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
    Slouches towards [Salt Lake] to be born?

    (From "The Second Coming" W.B. Yeats,
    except the words "Salt Lake" are substituted for Bethlehem.)

  • Jones Salt Lake City, UT
    May 31, 2013 11:52 a.m.

    Wow - the second email linked online (not discussed in the story) shows that Rod Snow was representing Swallow way back in October 2012. Why was he (a criminal defense attorney) representing the candidate for attorney general a month before the election? And why didn't the voters know about that then?

  • Anti Government Alpine, UT
    May 31, 2013 10:30 a.m.

    I have zero tolerance for political corruption regardless of party.

    If they are guilty they need to go. Wish more people would be as intolerant of corruption as they are of their supposed opposition party.

    Throw the bums out until they realize we the people hold everyone accountable.


  • DonO Draper, UT
    May 31, 2013 9:46 a.m.

    Leave, Swallow! Now! You have disgraced the AG's office and Utah politics in general, if not yourself. If you truly are a public servant you owe it to the people of Utah to step aside while this mess you have created is resolved.

  • sigmund5 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 31, 2013 9:29 a.m.

    Republicans want this to all go away and want to now throw him under the bus. This is a political/religious/cultural problem that the feds are investigating and it goes way way beyond the AG office. The only reason Herbert won't get indicted is because without a gov. lt. gov, speaker of the house etc..the state would be incapcitated. When is church going address this problem of rampant fraud, abuse of power and greed? Seems this is more important than the other "problems" they are concerned with.

  • andyjaggy American Fork, UT
    May 31, 2013 9:25 a.m.

    Even if he isn't a criminal, as he claims... is that really how low the bar is set for his political office? That's a pretty low bar.

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    May 31, 2013 8:58 a.m.

    It is my feeling that people need to vote for the individual rather than a straight Republican or Democrat ticket.

    Part of the problem in my opinion is who ever wins the Republican primary in this state is almost guaranteed the election with the exception of Mia Love.

    We ought to look at each candidate carefully before deciding. It is unfortunate that we have one of the lowest per capita voting rates in the nation.

    I believe only 57% of the elgible voters exercise their franchise.

    Perhaps we should shoulder some of the blame also?

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    May 31, 2013 8:49 a.m.

    (R)emember, Nixon? This administration needs to remember Nixon and read his playbook on what happens after the events that caused the fall. Hillary Clinton's phrase about getting the call at 3 a.m. sticks in my mind. It is not the 3 a.m. call but what happens after the 3 a.m. call. If a person subscribes to be President, everyday is a 3 a.m. call. There is not one day that goes by when there is not a significant event for the President to govern. He has appointed Cabinet members and their assistants that govern their Departments and Agencies, but the President is still the "Buck Stops Here" man, in this case. He chooses what he wants to know? I don't think so. He has the requirement to be the Commander-in-Chief and not just of the military, of the whole government. He is by title the Commander-in-Chief but that means he also subscribes to the Code of Conduct, the ethics, and Core Values of each of those Departments. He can't choose and pick. He is the leader, so he says, of the most powerful country in the free world. Free for now.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    May 31, 2013 8:35 a.m.

    He's innocent. The (R) next to his name proves it.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    May 31, 2013 8:12 a.m.

    Swallow and shallow are only one letter different. He would use any method as persuasion as a politician. Maybe it is time to have the politician part of the Attorney General be appointed by the Governor. The last two politicians, Shurtleff and Swallow, used their persuasions in almost everything they did. However, Eric Holder was appointed and he has allegiance to his boss and not the law. That is a toss up. We have a State Auditor who is not an auditor but a relative of the speaker of the house and close ties to the Legislature. People get around the intent of the law and we elect them anyway. Politicians can choose to be honest but are influenced by their pride and influence.

    Carnal and devilish is still alive even as they have on their smiles and have thoughts and plans for what they will do for people.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    May 31, 2013 7:58 a.m.

    At the Republican Convention this month, it was definitely evident that John Swallow was not present in the speaking assignment or booth. I don't believe Mark Shurtleff was around either for the time in 20 years. Shurtleff's support of his Chief Deputy to the last election was a scam knowing what we know about Swallow and Shurtleff's knowledge of Swallows dealings. It sort of makes me think of Eric Holder. If a person tries to deceive others that is not telling the truth and is not integrity at its finest. AGs are supposed to be enforcing the full law for the furtherance of the citizens they represent, not above or getting around the law.

    We are a nation based on law and a semblance of order. Handshakes meant one's word was good.

    Now, you have to figure what their words mean.

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    May 31, 2013 7:56 a.m.

    It is clear that Johnson is a criminal. He ran a fraud and is a fraud.

    Swallow was opportunistic like a like of people and he rationalized his dealings. Not a lot different than a lot of us would but he needs to step out of public office. Just like Obama. They are both the same. Lying politicians.

    We all need to be better in our dealings.

    We all sell out to easily for money, fame, glory.

  • Twin Sister LINDON, UT
    May 31, 2013 7:39 a.m.

    Many of those who comment on this situation are equating the Republican party with evil and the devil, etc. It isn't the Republican party that is to blame here. It is John Swallow. He is an individual first and foremost. He is not the personification of the Republican party. The issue here with Swallow and other individuals who are corrupt isn't their political affliation, but it is their own personal lack of ethics and integrity. There are just as many corrupt Democrats in politics as there are corrupt Republicans. No political party has the corner on that market. Yes. It is time for John Swallow to resign.

  • RBB Sandy, UT
    May 31, 2013 7:22 a.m.

    It is clear that Swallow should step aside - at least while the investigation continues. What is odd, however, is that more attention is not being shown to the underlying issue - citizens having to/being able to hire lobbyists to influence politicians to rein in the government. It happens on both sides of the isle and just shows the corruption that big government has spawned. Why do you think a Senator or Congressman would take a $160K job when many could be making alot more in the private sector. Why do they stay for years (36 for our Senior Senator). It is about power. Gone are the days of George Washington when politicians served their country and then went home. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. It is time for the American people to confront the corruption in government and start firing those who "remain in power" rather than who serve their country and then go home.

  • 2BAPatriot Payson, Utah, UT
    May 31, 2013 7:21 a.m.

    Anothing thing that bothers me is the statement that Harry Reid (or any other polition) can be bought and sold. What has happened to integrity and honor? What has happened to following the oath of office and serving all of the people that have elected you? Our politions and a lot of others believe that the end justifies the means. It does not, when you have to sacrifice your integrity and honor you have lost everything including my trust and vote.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    May 31, 2013 6:45 a.m.

    ALL the earlier posts are right on. Nothing more needs to be said.

  • cah orem, UT
    May 31, 2013 5:30 a.m.

    Has AG Swallow hired a lobbyist to try and influence the Federal investigation into the allegations against him? If not, why not. This is the advise he gave Mr. Johnson. Thus it must be a legal, ethical, and effective way to try and influence the justice system in one's favor.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    May 30, 2013 11:30 p.m.

    Honor, is a privilege to be recognized for your reputation. On my honer means that I guaranty it. It simply that your known to keep your word and people respect that, you are recognized. It takes a life time to build a reputation, but a blink of an eye to destroy it. There's a lot of rode's to get to the mill, but ounce you get there, the miller is only interested in how good your grain is.

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    May 30, 2013 10:59 p.m.

    The devil himself could run on the Republican ticket and win in Utah. I think things need to be reassessed in the state.

  • Peter Coyotl West Jordan, UT
    May 30, 2013 10:02 p.m.

    If Swallow has an ounce of decency remaining, he needs to resign now. He is a disgrace not only to his party but to the people of Utah.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    May 30, 2013 9:44 p.m.

    Although Swallow seems to be defending his actions by claiming he did not financially benefit from the relationship he misses a significant point.
    By giving private lessons to one company he is hindering all competitors. The field is no longer level because he becomes a special adviser to only one business. Whether paid or not, he has created an unfair business environment.

  • Patrick Henry West Jordan, UT
    May 30, 2013 8:02 p.m.

    Wow. It is so time to resign.

  • Government Man Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 30, 2013 7:48 p.m.

    This is amazing that this debacle has gone on for so long. It is time for the Republican Leadership to step up and fix their mess. Maybe, this event will be the catalyst for changing the strangle hold the ultra-conservative Republicans have on this state. We need Open Primaries, Term Limits, a good recall law, and ballot initiatives. The likes of Norm Bangerter, Olene Walker, and Mike Leavitt are realizing there is a huge problem. We need to start holding these dirty politicians accountable. We need moderate, thinking, politicians very badly in this State. It is definitely time for some serious changes.

  • Jones Salt Lake City, UT
    May 30, 2013 7:45 p.m.

    When Johnson made his allegations against Swallow three months ago, didn't Swallow owe it to the voters of Utah to disclose these business relationships?
    John, you've been elected, and are being paid, to do the public's business. Either come clean about everything, or step down. The voters who elected you deserve better than this slow trickle of information.

  • UtahVoter Spanish Fork, UT
    May 30, 2013 6:39 p.m.

    It's really quite amazing how deeply involved Swallow was in so many of Johnson's specific business dealings ... including many of the same ones he is under investigation for now.

    Swallow was involved enough that he would unquestionably be key to the proceedings in both Nevada's civil case and Utah's criminal case ... if he hadn't managed to get himself elected to such a high profile office.

    It is unseemly and unfortunate that Swallow's current position of power is carrying so much weight in whether or not he's allowed to be subpoenaed.