It's time for Attorney General John Swallow to resign, says Utah Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clinton.
"I've seen enough," Ray said of the ongoing probe of the attorney general, who was elected in November.
Ray said he is ready, if pushed, to vote to initiate impeachment proceedings against the embattled Republican AG.
Recent disclosures have linked the attorney general and his former boss, Mark Shurtleff, to dealings with a convicted businessman in California, and there are new allegations by another businessman, who provided a recording of a 2009 breakfast meeting in which Shurtleff offered him $2 million to take down a website criticizing a man accused of disappearing with his investment.
"Now you have motive," Ray said of the latest allegation.
He said Swallow was already known to be Shurtleff's handpicked successor when he left office, so he is linked to the allegation as well.
Swallow has already been linked to federally indicted businessman Jeremy Johnson, who claims Swallow set up a 2010 deal for Johnson to pay money to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to potentially quash a federal investigation.
Swallow also faces charges he did not properly disclose contributions to his recent campaign.
"Everything is starting to fit together," Ray said.
Swallow spokesman Paul Murphy said the attorney general "has not broken any laws and has no plans to resign."
Ray may be publicly saying what many think other lawmakers are privately thinking.
House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, on Thursday evening sent instructions to state representatives on how the impeachment process would work and outlined other options.
Those options include issuing public statements urging Swallow to resign, calling a special session dealing with impeachment or creating a special investigative committee.
Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, has initiated discussion of changing the state constitution so the AG post can be filled by appointment. He said the state could handle the AG appointment the way it handles the appointment of judges. That process, he said, includes a bipartisan committee that sorts through candidates and forwards a list of the five best to the governor, who would appoint one of those candidates. The appointment would be subject to oversight by a Senate committee.
Ray, a native of Indiana, said it was always problematic to see judges in the Hoosier State campaigning and raising money.
He said he doesn't oppose the idea of changing the way the AG is put into office but wants to see both sides of the argument.