Utah House sets course for Swallow investigation

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  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    July 18, 2013 5:51 p.m.

    The Federal System is not a quick process and doesn't pertain to the office of the Attorney General. The Governor has stated his opinion various times and has his own attorney but the State of Utah requires an Attorney General that can be visible and doing business for the State of Utah and not his own defense time and expense of the State with Paul Murphy.

  • AlanSutton Salt Lake City, UT
    July 18, 2013 1:47 p.m.

    In my opinion, the Legislature is starting its investigation because legislators feel pressured by uninformed constituents. They should show more backbone and insist that the prudent thing is to wait until the federal investigation concludes. We're talking about a lot of money that could be spent on something useful rather than on a duplicate investigation of the same alleged wrongs.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    July 18, 2013 9:26 a.m.

    It seems that this whole issue is out of the scope of the job as an Attorney General or even as a state employee as the Chief Deputy Attorney General. Why is Paul Murphy doing the talking for a person who was out of the scope of his job? It appears that the Attorney General's office is trying to protect the Attorney General, previous and current, that were sworn to protect and defend the laws of the State of Utah, not an individual gaining power and influence through the job. Paul Murphy is spending State of Utah money and the Legislature and Governor are spending money from the State of Utah to potentially protect the Republican Party and not the citizens of the State of Utah. The citizens need to have the Democrats looking at the process and I am glad that there is at least one Democrat on the committee. I know a former Commissioner in one of the Departments of the State of Utah and was a Democrat in the Republican administrations. He knew he was a token person but he provided some balance to the process. We have had so many administrations with Republican controlling everything.

  • New to Utah PAYSON, UT
    July 18, 2013 8:49 a.m.

    Utah_1 & My2Cents both make valid points. My experience in living in a Democrat controlled state
    is they go to the mat to protect even the biggest scoundrels and ramrod their preferred agenda without regard to minority parties interests. Obviously the Democrat party and its operatives and the Media has been partisan and determined to impreach Swallow. Guilty as charged until facts prove his innocence. I cannot possible go into all the details but I have a very low level of trust in the fairness of this process. Mia Love lost her election because many republicans in Salt Lake County voted for & supported Jim Matheson and it appears the same thing is happening in the impeachment process of John Swallow. The concept of innocent until proven guilty has gone out the window. Also these ethics groups are almost always liberal front groups. Do we want the Obama DOJ dictating Utah's laws?

  • very concerned Sandy, UT
    July 18, 2013 8:29 a.m.

    I would be harsher in my words except that he hasn't been "proven" guilty. We really should wait and see what happens before passing judgment.

    It the allegations are true though, my question would be, "How did we elect this guy?" Sean Reyes now seems a better choice given Swallow's current problems.

  • Utah_1 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 18, 2013 8:08 a.m.

    As a Republican, I totally disagree with your assessment. I worked on a project for a year with Swallow, then Chief Deputy AG. I endorsed him publicly when he ran for AG and was in the front row at the announcement meeting. I ignored the mud slinging during the primary. I knew both sides political consultants well enough to assume that they were behind it.

    John's biggest critics since becoming AG on several issues are from the GOP. I was looking online for his conflict disclosure forms on Jan. 12th of this year. No only his March 15th one, (I didn't find out about the March 9th until later) but also the one he had just signed Jan. 10th. I was more concerned with them and the lack of information re: P Solutions than the comments I heard on tape from Johnson.

    When two witnesses (one to get the money and one to pay it) and a tape accused Mark Shurtleff of a $2M deal that involved Jenson, my focus moved to that. Jenson claimed Swallow knew about the $2M deal (Swallow says no). Jenson has active GOP member attorneys. Swallow has Jenson's old one.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    July 18, 2013 4:05 a.m.

    Yes, the committee should be held accountable for information and accusations and limit this committee to 30 days or less on information on state and local issuers relevant to the office of the AG election and office policy changes.

    The out of state issue is to bring in the federal government and DOJ to oversee and influence our state government and our election laws. Limit the process and accusation and time frame. The democrats have had 8 months to prepare their evidence and the only thing for the committed to do is act on the punitive evidence according to state laws and not federal election laws.

    The democrats have a multi layered agenda and want to use this committee to write laws granting federal jurisdiction on candidates and our election laws, that must not happen and must be blocked by the full force of the legislation. This committee cannot be empowered with any authority to impose judgement, they can only present information and verifiable impartial proof to the legislators.

    The news media is backing the lies of the Democrats and presidential empowerment over state governemnt in regulating candidates and state lawmakers.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    July 18, 2013 3:23 a.m.

    How does a minority party going to be impartial and fair on a democratic project to impeach an opponent on partisan issues and that doesn't share democrats crime ridden political values? This committee is a political panel out to serve injustice to an ethical and moral governemnt leadership that John Swallow was elected to bring to the AG office.

    Just can't wait for the slander to fly, on 20 year old irrelevant accusations while he was a student in college.