Swallow attorneys call impeachment proceedings unjustified

Jun 17 2013 - 12:09pm

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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2012 file photo, Attorney General John Swallow talks with supporters following his victory during the Utah State GOP election night watch party in Salt Lake City. Legislative leaders troubled by the latest allegations of misconduct leveled against Swallow say they are frustrated by the slow pace of a federal investigation. House Speaker Becky Lockhart tells The Salt Lake Tribune that impeachment of the new attorney general is among options legislators will discuss at the Utah Capitol next week. The latest allegations come from a convicted fraudster. Marc Jenson has told The Tribune that in 2009 he paid for meals, golf and massages for then-Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and Swallow at a California resort. The Utah attorney general's office had charged him with felonies months earlier. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2012 file photo, Attorney General John Swallow talks with supporters following his victory during the Utah State GOP election night watch party in Salt Lake City. Legislative leaders troubled by the latest allegations of misconduct leveled against Swallow say they are frustrated by the slow pace of a federal investigation. House Speaker Becky Lockhart tells The Salt Lake Tribune that impeachment of the new attorney general is among options legislators will discuss at the Utah Capitol next week. The latest allegations come from a convicted fraudster. Marc Jenson has told The Tribune that in 2009 he paid for meals, golf and massages for then-Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and Swallow at a California resort. The Utah attorney general's office had charged him with felonies months earlier. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

 

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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