SALT LAKE CITY -- Former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff says he alerted federal investigators last year after a Utah businessman made bribery allegations about Shurtleff's chief deputy and successor.
On Monday, Shurtleff said he met with St. George businessman Jeremy Johnson before last November's election.
Johnson, who's accused of running a $350 million software scheme, alleges that new Attorney General John Swallow orchestrated a plan to try to quash a federal investigation by bribing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Swallow and Reid have both denied the allegations.
Shurtleff said Johnson discussed the allegations and asked him to urge Swallow to drop out of the attorney general's race.
The former attorney general said he was concerned and shared the information with a criminal prosecutor within his agency and the U.S. Attorney's Office.
The U.S. Attorney's Office and the FBI are investigating.
Gov. Gary Herbert told reporters on Tuesday that the he hopes that investigators will make it clear when the investigation is complete and whether they did or did not find wrongdoing.
If they determine no laws were broken, the governor said there should then be a discussion about some kind of ethics or judgment review.
Herbert said voters probably wished they knew about the allegations regarding Swallow before last year's election, but he isn't sure it would have changed the outcome.