Oh, there hasn't been enough investigation? Need a committee? REALLY????
What a joke on our state legislature.
Swallow doesn't want anyone to rush to judgment, wants us to let the
investigations run their course and allow him due process. I'm
all for due process as part of any criminal prosecution but what Swallow seems
to be ignoring is that this is more than a case of whether he deserves to go to
jail.This is also about whether he should be the AG. He seems to be
saying if I'm not a criminal there's no reason I should leave office.
But that can't be the standard. If he's lost the
confidence of the citizens of Utah and/or lost the moral authority to lead his
office, he can't be effective in his position and should resign. I don't see him addressing those questions, nor do I see him providing
any credible evidence he can continue to operate effectively as the AG. The
fact that he's meeting with his personal lawyers to plan his defense and
meeting with legislators to try to talk them out of impeachment demonstrates
he's spending his time on personal matters, not serving the people of Utah.
So the Republicans punted instead of beginning procedures to kick Swallow to the
curb where he belongs. This will, of course, allow Swallow even more time to
collect his paycheck and pile up more time toward his state retirement. And it
shows the legislature to be the "party first" bunch we all know them to
be. What a sad, dysfunctional, one-party system.
I wonder if Swallow would still be in office if he was a Democrat?
Eric Holder is still in office.
Seems like the Utah Democratic legislators are the ones who were blindsided by
their own reluctance to call for impeachment proceedings to start. The House
Caucus appears to have voted along the same lines as the Utah Democratic House
and Senate have called for. Both Parties are indistinguishable on this matter
and only reflect how poorly most of our State legislators understand the Utah
Constitution and the impeachment process and how much mistrust they have about
the Utah public understanding the process. It's a sad day for State
politics of both Parties.
How does it "appear", rather than "guilty beyond a reasonable
doubt", is the standard for the honorable thing to do.
This was a cop-out, plain and simple. But I'm sure I shouldn't have
expected better of our legi$lature. The last thing anyone there want$ is to
$tart down the road towards accountability when it comes to flaky money being
funneled to elected official$.
Swallow should be placed on a paid administrative leave until this is cleared
up.If he is found guilty, he gets impeached but if he is cleared he
returns to the office to finish his term.Now, we need term limits in
all offices to stop the idea that being an elected official is a career. It was
never intended to be a career. Our legislature is a citizen legislature not a
career group, even though they get fantastic benefits in office and when they
Mr Swallow was taught about avoiding the appearance of evil in law school, and
he's rejecting it.
Swallow has already admitted enough about his established associations and
dealings with those who turned out to be criminals that he has already lost
significant credibility with citizens of Utah, regardless of how the
investigation of legality turns out. As such, he will never be able
to effectively serve in his current state office, since that particular position
requires being above reproach. No matter the legal outcome, he will always be
shadowed concerning his conduct in these matters. Therefore, he needs to either
resign or be impeached. This is independent of whether or not he technically
broke the law. It's already established beyond reasonable doubt
that he lacks good judgement in his associations and also that his personal
ethics have now become questionable. There is absolutely no way an attorney
general could effectively serve under those conditions... whether of not it
turns out he has broken the law.
I'm frustrated that I have read the article and all related articles but
can't find what John Swallow is accused of. And there is no mention of the
actual accusations on TV either.