Utah House set to create panel to investigate Attorney General John Swallow

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  • let's roll LEHI, UT
    July 3, 2013 10:37 p.m.

    I don't have much confidence that the Legislature's investigation of the AG will add any value.

    It will take them some time before they start, since it will take some time to determine who will be on the committee and they're already well behind the other investigations which started some time ago.

    Seems more political, trying to appear like they're doing something, when in fact, when the other investigations conclude, for good or ill, it's likely the Legislature will conclude theirs without finishing, after having spent time and money spinning their wheels.

    If they want to add value, they should focus on applying pressure to conclude the investigation that are already underway.

    The question the AG needs to answer NOW is how the citizen of Utah can be confident that both he and his office are able to continue to function in the best interest of the citizen of Utah while he apparently spends the majority of his time on personal matters--meeting with his personal attorneys and lobbying the legislature trying to save his job.

    I am all ears Mr. Swallow, convince me.

  • Cincinnatus Kearns, UT
    July 3, 2013 4:00 p.m.

    2 bits-

    First, "high crimes and misdemeanors, or malfeasance in office"- that is NOT Utah Code. That is the Utah Constitution- very different things.

    Second, "high crimes and misdemeanors" in the Utah Constitution, is modeled after the U.S. Constitution and does not actually mean criminal acts, as in felonies or misdemeanors, in today's language. The language being used by the Founders is taken from the British legal code at the time which indicated unethical behaviors or breaches in the public trust.

    Third, the phrase, "malfeasance in office" occurs after a coma which then makes it a different part of the sentence. Meaning, that "high crimes and misdemeanors" don't necessarily need to have been committed by the officeholder while in office. IF he is found guilty of criminal felonies prior to taking office, he would still have to be impeached to remove him.

    Lastly, impeachment is a process. Not an act. Impeachment begins with an investigation. In this case, the legislature decided to start an investigation prior to a formal impeachment investigation. Why? This gives them greater latitude in looking for wrongdoing (i.e. Shurtleff, et. al.) rather than being Constitutionally focused on one person- Swallow.

  • Steve Cottrell Centerville, UT
    July 3, 2013 3:50 p.m.

    If guilty, the malfeasance in office would probably include his time as deputy attorney general so that goes back considerably more than 8 months.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    July 3, 2013 1:26 p.m.

    If only the Republicans in Congress had the same courage to investigate what was going on at the White House during the reign of President Cheney and his little friend.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 3, 2013 11:43 a.m.

    IMO... Investigation is "good". The more investigation of government officials the better. But this breathless, "Impeach him now"! "It can't wait!" reaction... I don't get.

    Do all the investigations you want, and do what is indicated by the findings. But keep it legal.

    the Utah code outlining that grounds for impeachment include “high crimes, misdemeanors, or malfeasance in office.” Period.

    "High crimes and misdemeanors"... (No "Criminal" accusation has been made yet)
    "Malfeasance in office"... (These incidents happened YEARS before he was in office. He's only been in office for 8 Months).

    If we are going rush to impeach... at least be legal about it. Remember Democrats... what goes around comes around in Politics. If you pursue this with blind ambition... the precedence will be set and the same rush to judgement will probably happened to you someday. We've never held an impeachment in Utah. I would NOT like to see us become an impeachment-happy State where the political parties say, "you impeached one of ours we're going to try to impeach one of yours" type politics goes on.

  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    July 3, 2013 11:27 a.m.

    If only the Democrats in Congress had the same courage to investigate what is going on at the White House.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    July 3, 2013 8:59 a.m.

    Come on Swallow, cowboy up or man up or surrender your tiara, but quit holding the state hostage to your ethical shortcomings and shady behavior. Utah deserves better.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    July 3, 2013 7:58 a.m.

    This is called excess baggage. He was an employee of the Attorney General's office for several years, as the Chief Deputy of the Attorney General. He acted in the place, at times, for the Attorney General. He isn't a brand new guy such as the Auditor that didn't have a say in the affairs and actions of the Attorney General. He was there, even on some of the trips, it appears. He transferred as the Chief Deputy in a second to the Attorney General when he was sworn in under oath as the Attorney General.

    Attorneys for an alleged guilty person will do anything they can and will to get their client off the hook. That is their job. However, the Attorney General, previous and current, Chief Deputy or not are sworn to uphold the laws and be ethical in all their dealings.

    They can't say they are to partially uphold and sustain the laws and ethics of their elected and sworn office.

    I suppose these people can say they are honest in all their dealings with people in and out of their office positions as they indicated to the Lieutenant General's office.


  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    July 3, 2013 7:31 a.m.

    Whether or not these alleged misdeeds of Swallow were done before his taking the office of AG or after is irrelevant.
    That he would have (if found guilty) said and done the things that are alleged is not becoming of a supposedly good and decent man, much less a high-end attorney with AG aspirations.

    There is enough of an awful odor here already....and it doesn't look too sweet moving forward.