Gov. talks ethics reform, AG Swallow allegations

Thursday , January 24, 2013 - 4:56 PM

Michelle L. Price

SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary Herbert says that while he feels people should wait for a federal investigation into allegations facing Utah’s new attorney general, it’s clear the state should institute some ethics reforms.

A Utah businessman facing fraud charges has accused Attorney General John Swallow of brokering a deal to pay people connected to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to quash a federal investigation.

At a news conference on Thursday, Hebert was asked about Swallow, who has denied the allegations.

Herbert says he doesn’t want to make a judgment before all of the facts come in and won’t call for a state investigation of Swallow at this time.

However, the governor says Utah needs stronger campaign disclosure laws and a commission to investigate ethics complaints, among other ideas.

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