Utah Dems try to put Swallow on hot seat

Feb 15 2013 - 3:00pm


Utah Attorney General John Swallow
Utah Attorney General John Swallow

SALT LAKE CITY -- Democratic lawmakers tried to steer a Friday budget presentation by Utah's embattled Attorney General to the bribery allegations he's facing.John Swallow has been accused of orchestrating a plan to quash a federal investigation by bribing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Both he and Reid have denied the allegations.

Salt Lake City Democrats Rep. Brian King and Sen. Jim Debakis questioned Swallow about the scandal during an appropriations hearing Friday morning.

The committee chair, Republican Sen. Daniel Thatcher of West Valley City, ruled the questions were out of order because they were unrelated to the budget.

Debakis and King argued the questions relate to attorney pay and affect their vote to give the office more money.

Swallow, a Republican, did not address their questions in the rest of his presentation.

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