A.G. Swallow asks GOP leaders for patience as he's investigated

But surprise appearance appeared to have little impact on committee members

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  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    June 24, 2013 4:28 p.m.

    To Mike Richards:

    You ask what crime Swallow is guilty of since taking office? How about lying about what he did before taking office? Recorded tapes and sworn testimony are now looking like that is a very distinct possibility.

  • SG in SLC Salt Lake City, UT
    June 24, 2013 8:32 a.m.

    So, if John Swallow obfuscated information about unethical (and possibly illegal) activities he engaged in while serving as Chief Deputy Attorney General that would have materially affected his electability, you're okay with that?

    I'm not, and a large and growing number of people on both sides of the aisle apparently are not, either. Given this, what recourse do we have, if not impeachment?

    Are we left to say, "Oops! I guess we made a mistake! We thought he was vetted, but apparently we didn't turn over ABSOLUTELY EVERY rock (and after all, doesn't the "R" after his name guarantee that he is the morally superior candidate?). Looks like we'll just have to live with this for the next four years."

    I'm not a lawyer, but I'm pretty sure this isn't how it is supposed to work, particularly given the increasing calls for impeachment proceedings; again, from both sides of the aisle. Certainly some of these folks are familiar with the legal nuances of the impeachment process.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    June 23, 2013 12:03 p.m.

    There are many who post who are complete ignorant of impeachment. They either don't know or don't care that impeachment is for crimes committed after a person has taken office. It has nothing to do with "crimes" committed before that person took office.

    What crime is John Swallow guilty of after taking office?

    By all means, investigate him, but investigate every other elected official for crimes committed while running for office. Look at every single elected official. Trace every dollar. Talk to every contributor. Find out what promises were made. Find out who made those promises. Find out whether any act by any elected official was made to fill a promise to a contributor.

    Don't limit the focus just to John Swallow. Extend it to every elected official. What's good for the goose is good for the gander. Let the public see the total record. Let them see who promoted which candidate and what favors were extended by that candidate to which donor.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    June 23, 2013 11:32 a.m.

    Oh goooood!

    So swallow will rally his powerful friends in our Utah legislature! I'm sure we can trust them to investigate him!

    Trust swallow guys, after all, he says that he's innocent!

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    June 23, 2013 10:34 a.m.

    Yes, one vote, too often that is exactly the case. Look no further than Wall Street, Big Banks, giant corporations, and Utah.

    He who controls the money -- or has enough influence upon those who have the money -- can purchase all the "justice" they want.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    June 23, 2013 8:29 a.m.

    Back slapping and winking with people in power is the key to our justice system?

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    June 23, 2013 7:56 a.m.

    Looks like he's hoping to stall it off for four years. If he can do that, he'll certainly be re-elected.

    After all, he has the magic letter R beside his name on the ballot.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    June 23, 2013 6:39 a.m.

    This should be out of the realm of the political guys. Now we are dealing with an elected public official, and a legal officer at that. Throwing yourself at the feet of the party's central committee is not only unseemly, but inappropriate. Is it a star chamber, or do we live in Communist China? Maybe there are similarities with our one party system. The power rely lies with the party?

  • ThornBirds St.George, Utah
    June 22, 2013 9:30 p.m.

    Perhaps Utah Government could take a lesson from the Food Network.
    They seem to have a quick and clean way to show someone the door.

  • Utah_1 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 22, 2013 7:22 p.m.

    When people realize this "Count My Vote initiative will give them less of a chance to participate but give media and power brokers more power, they will not sign any initiative.

    If you are going to run as a Democratic candidate, you have to comply with their rules. If you are going to run as a Republican, you have to comply with their rules. If you want to run and not have those rules, you can run as an unaffiliated or independent, or run as a 3rd party candidate. “Count My Vote” is attempting to change all party rules by changing state laws by initiative, thus bypassing the political parties and the Legislature.

    We already have a "bypass" system. It is called filing as an unaffiliated candidate. You go straight to the general election. So if Mr. Jowers, or Mr. Leavitt don't think they can win if vetted by average citizens asking one on one questions, they can run that way and spend the money. Why should they be a party nominee if they are going to bypass the party?

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    June 22, 2013 6:05 p.m.

    ‘A.G. Swallow asks GOP leaders for patience as he's investigated’


    In other words -- STONEWALL.

  • MrRed Salt Lake City, UT
    June 22, 2013 2:55 p.m.

    Can we trust the Super-majority Utah House and the Supet-majority Utah Senate to be honest? To do the right thing regardless of political,affiliations?

    I just doubt it.

    If Mark Hofmann were somehow important to the Utah Republican Party, he would no longer be at the Point of the Mountain Prison complex.

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    June 22, 2013 2:52 p.m.

    Murphy and Swallow say consider the source, I say consider the tapes! I say look at the hotel/golf bills. I sat Mr. Swallow resign now!