SALT LAKE CITY -- A conservative think tank and a liberal-leaning group are publicly calling for embattled Utah Attorney General John Swallow to resign.
The left-leaning Alliance for a Better Utah issued a statement Thursday calling for Swallow, the subject of state and federal investigations, to step down for the sake of public confidence in his office.
"It is no longer about whether he committed a crime but about the harm he is continuing to do to the office ... and the whole state of Utah by refusing to step aside," the group said in its statement.
The Sutherland Institute, a think tank on the opposite side of the political aisle, issued a similar statement Tuesday.
An indicted Utah businessman has accused Swallow of arranging a plan to derail a Federal Trade Commission probe by bribing U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, of Nevada. Swallow and Reid both deny any wrongdoing.
The Utah elections office also has appointed special counsel to investigate whether Swallow broke election laws by failing to disclose his interests in a company entangled in the bribery allegations.
Swallow, a Republican, repeatedly has said he has no plans to resign. His spokesman, Ryan Bruckman, did not return messages seeking comment Friday.
Paul Mero, the Sutherland Institute's executive director, said in a radio address posted online Tuesday that he considers Swallow a friend and a competent attorney. But he said that as the chief law enforcement officer in the state, Swallow should step down.
"There's enough evidence to suggest that something is wrong in the Swallow case -- maybe it's only his judgment, but even still, that is a big consideration for citizens who demand complete integrity from their top cop," Mero said.
Republican members of the Utah House are planning to spend a June 19 meeting discussing impeachment procedures and other options available to lawmakers to address the allegations surrounding Swallow.
Two-thirds of the chamber's members would have to be in favor of an impeachment session for that process to start. If the House later voted to impeach Swallow, the Senate would serve as judge and jury.
In recent weeks, two Republican state lawmakers have issued public calls for Swallow to step down.
Paul Ray, R-Clinton, was the first state lawmaker to call for Swallow's resignation, and Rep. Spencer Cox, R-Fairview, said a resignation would save Utah millions in costs for possible impeachment proceedings.
Standard-Examiner staff contributed to this article.