Some Swallow records missing

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 2:23 PM

Michelle L. Price, The Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY -- Some records sought by a legislative committee investigating Utah Attorney General John Swallow appear to be missing, the committee's chairman confirmed Thursday.

Investigators learned some electronic records, including emails, were missing in late September, shortly after a subpoena was issued, said Rep. James Dunnigan, the committee's chairman.

Dunnigan, a Taylorsville Republican, had few details Thursday about what records had not been provided. He said investigators working for the House committee are still trying to determine the scope of what is missing.

The investigative committee plans to discuss the issue at their next meeting Tuesday, Dunnigan said.

Swallow's spokesman, Paul Murphy, said that as far as he knows, the attorney general's office has complied with the House investigation and has provided all requested records.

The Salt Lake Tribune first reported missing records Thursday.

House lawmakers launched their investigation earlier this year to look into misconduct allegations that have dogged Swallow since he took office in January.

Swallow, a Republican, has repeatedly denied wrongdoing.

In September, the U.S. Department of Justice closed a federal bribery probe of the attorney general without filing any charges, and the Utah State Bar dismissed one of two complaints filed against Swallow.

An investigation by the state elections office into Swallow's campaign disclosures is ongoing, as is an investigation into the attorney general's office by county prosecutors.

Swallow has said he will cooperate with all investigations and said he expects his name will eventually be cleared.

The House investigative committee had requested a host of documents from the attorney general's office, including records of any gifts or favors Swallow received from a list of businessmen.

Several Utah businessmen in trouble with regulators have accused Swallow of offering protection in return for favors, including federally indicted businessman Jeremy Johnson.

Johnson, who is accused of running an $350 million Internet credit card scheme, has accused Swallow of setting up a deal to bribe U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to shake off a federal probe of Johnson's business.

Reid and Swallow have both denied the allegations.

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