Swallow attorneys call impeachment proceedings unjustified

Monday , June 17, 2013 - 12:09 PM

Utah Attorney General

FIlE - In this Nov. 6, 2012 file photo, Attorney General John Swallow talks with supporters...

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Lawyers for Utah Attorney General John Swallow have sent a letter to the Legislature saying impeachment proceedings against him are unjustified.

Attorneys Rod Snow and Jennifer James say impeachment talk is based on "innuendo and unsupported allegations in the press from indicted and convicted felons."

Republicans in the Utah House of Representatives are devoting a meeting Wednesday to discussion of possible impeachment proceedings against Swallow.

Swallow has been hit with allegations of impropriety since shortly after he assumed office in January. Among others, he's the subject of a federal investigation after indicted Utah businessman Jeremy Johnson accused him of arranging to derail a Federal Trade Commission probe by bribing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.

Swallow, a Republican, has denied any wrongdoing in any of the cases.

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