House Dems want action against John Swallow

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 12:03 PM

Antone Clark

SALT LAKE CITY — House Democrats say they will push for action against embattled Attorney General John Swallow.

House Minority Leader Jennifer Seelig, D-Salt Lake, said the House Democratic caucus has determined it is time for the House of Representatives to investigate allegations against Swallow, prior to and after his 2012 election as AG.

House Republicans have already announced they will hold a caucus June 19 to consider options, including possible impeachment, against the attorney general. Under state law, the House has a fact-finding and investigative role in any proceedings and the Senate has the role of making any final decisions, including impeachment.

Seelig said it’s time for the House to push an investigation into Swallow’s activities.

“Our caucus has determined it is time for the Utah House of Representatives to initiate an investigation regarding the alleged ethical indiscretions of John Swallow, prior to and after his election as Utah’s attorney general,” Seelig said.

Swallow has been linked to federally indicted businessman Jeremy Johnson, who claims the AG set up a deal in 2010 for Johnson to pay money to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to potentially quash a federal investigation.

Since that allegation, new charges have followed. He also faces charges he did not properly disclose campaign contributions during his 2012 campaign.

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