Lt. Gov. won't pursue civil complaint against Utah Attorney General John Swallow

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  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 30, 2013 7:38 p.m.

    After living in Illinois for 9 years, I didn't think I would see this happening in Utah with integrity and honor at the top of ideals for politicians. This really reflects on the rest of Utahns thinking about the top law enforcer and his election. Lt. Governor Cox was selected for him to do this action for the Governor and the GOP. The legislature will most likely drop their process due to impeachment out of the picture.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Nov. 28, 2013 8:49 a.m.

    And now, because he was able to time his "retirement" just right, we -- the taxpayers of Utah -- will be paying Johnny $12,000 a year for life.

    But we don't have enough to pay our teachers decent wages . . . .

  • Schwa South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 28, 2013 8:46 a.m.

    Utah Republicans protecting Utah Republicans. There is no doubt that the party comes before the people in their mind.

  • concretebo Sandy, UT
    Nov. 28, 2013 6:44 a.m.

    Iron , You are right .
    I do not care how much it costs the taxpayers of Utah to get to the bottom of this.. You know why they are trying to push it under the rug is because this investigation is going to drag
    a lot of other members of the good old boys club into the light .. All Utah taxpayers deserve a full and thorough investigation, especially with this office of the A.G.
    If You or Me broke a law we would get punished too the full extent of the Law. For Swallow to receive a hand slap is not acceptable.
    These guys need to be held accountable at any cost !

  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    Nov. 28, 2013 6:42 a.m.

    Are we, perhaps, upholding secret combinations?

  • BroJoseph Ogden, UT
    Nov. 27, 2013 11:27 p.m.

    Cant imagine one Republican pursuing a criminal complaint against another Republican. The bond is too deep for that. Corruption is best swept under the carpet.

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 27, 2013 7:27 p.m.

    I am disappointed with the actions of the Lt. Governor and our Governor.

    In my opinion all they want is for this to go away and not damage the Republican Party.

    Am I wrong?

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Nov. 27, 2013 5:45 p.m.

    If only John and Jeremy could share the same cell.
    One stole millions of dollars from folks by fraud.
    One stole from millions of Utahonians votes by fraud, and wants to steal even more, by waiting just long enough to resign so he can get a pension.

    @ Marsha - I doubt that Swallow even knew about the donations or if they were incorrectly handled.

    ..and you think he should be an AG, with those kinds of loose accounting and oversight?

    The Governors office isn't gunna say a thing because the governor himself paid 13 million to keep certain things from prying public eyes.

    Good Ol' Boys Club of Utah (r) strikes again.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Nov. 27, 2013 2:57 p.m.

    @ Marsha N....

    You mean to tell me that Johnson guy is a democrat and that was his motivation to accuse John Swallow of impropriety? I know Harry Reid, who he also accused, is a democrat. Does this mean the democrats are accusing each other in a scam to get rid of republicans and in this case it worked? But wait...the republicans are going to just appoint another one of their own to take Swallow's place so how exactly did the get their way?

    Please explain.

  • slave American Fork, UT
    Nov. 27, 2013 1:50 p.m.

    So the lesson here is that it is ok to provide false information to become an elected official of the state of Utah and if you are caught you resign and there are no consequences to your criminal intent. This should go down as the single largest example of how low our government has become in its attempt to keep the party in office. What a fine example to put forth to our children. I really can’t help but wonder if the headline might have read, “Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox will pursue civil complaint against Utah Attorney General John Swallow” if he had been an elected Democrat.

  • Marsha N. SANDY, UT
    Nov. 27, 2013 1:24 p.m.

    Ask any politician runing for office if he is aware of every small donor (less than $20,000 each) that contributes to his million dollar campaign. You have got to know that every waking hour is pinched to get the utmost squeezed in. I doubt that Swallow even knew about the donations or if they were incorrectly handled. Campaign committees are employed to look at the details while the candidate runs the marathon.
    Democrats are just champing at the bit not just to pull him down - as they have done - but now to take over his office. Perfect! They got their way, didn't they?

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Nov. 27, 2013 1:09 p.m.

    Gosh, if he can do this why can't others accused of a crime just say "I resign" and the matter is then ended? And if he's innocent, why did Mr. Swallow bankrupt himself and family in his defense? I thought truth was the ultimate defense and the innocent have nothing to hide.

    Maybe this is politics and not sure appears that way.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 27, 2013 1:07 p.m.

    Chasing an unfrocked pubic official is senseless. Charging the state $3 million to designate the governor's legal council is a waste of time and money. The AG should be appointed by the governor rather than elected.

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    Nov. 27, 2013 12:35 p.m.

    And as of 12-3-13 he will become pension eligible , all while running a criminal enterprise, while masquerading as our AG.