University of Utah political science professor Matthew Burbank has it backwards.
I would believe that House Republicans would want to start the impeachment
process in order to once and for clear the air as to what to do with Swallow.
Currently there's too much conviction in the media and not enough sworn
testimony. I would suggest that Burbank's comments would be better
directed towards the Utah Senate where they must wait for the House to do their
information gathering and make a final decision whether or not there'
sufficient evidence to call for a trial. I would suggest that it would be the
Utah Senate that should be hesitant to undertake their role as a jury and judge
in this matter before the House as completed its work.
Put up or shut up. All the scandals in the news and no action. Start at the top
of the chain of command. Pres,on down. Seems to me No one checked the
Let's just get to the bottom of these scandals, Republican or Democrat.
Let's find out the truth and see who was involved in what and what the
appropriate punishment should be. This goes for you, Obama, with the Benghazi,
IRS, and other recent scandals to come up. A leader shouldn't be given free
reign and allowed to get away with this kind of stuff.
The tea party defends this guy by going "bengahzi" demonstrates the
weakness of the tea party.
The republican House won't investigate the republican AG in the most
republican state in the country? This is my shocked face.
I don't know if he's guilty or not, the investigation isn't done
yet. I know I don't like him, but if I could throw out every politician I
didn't like... we'd be in trouble.I was kinda hoping we
could wait till the investigation, or query the people in an election. If we
throw people out based on media polls... we'd have a lot of people in
Congress being thrown out every day. I guess some people think
it's urgent enough to spend $2.5 Million of State funds that could go
towards education next year to gitter-done NOW (before an election or an
investigation). I don't get it. I get a trial before punishment is
affixed. He doesn't even get an investigation? Much less a trial?I don't agree that it's $2.5 Million urgent to git this done
before the investigation. He can function in his job (IF the media and his
political enemies would let him). I say wait till the investigation gives us
some actual findings, THEN decide. And even if the investigation doesn't
find illegal activity... we can throw him out next election for free.
An investigation isn't even necessary. We already know this guy took $150k
in campaign donations from companies who were under investigation. It's a
matter of public record. Isn't that enough,for heaven's sake? If
Mr. Swallow wants to do the citizens a favor, he should step down now instead of
forcing us to pay millions in taxpayer funds to force him out.
I can hardly believe what I read here. The national press has not run one story
on this to my knowledge. That makes me think the press is not that liberal or
bias. I find it surprising that a Republican from a Republican state, would
face any embarrassment or punishment, from his party and State Government.
It is a sad commentary on life, but more and more the answers to the questions
seems to be a deafening 'Yes'. Did this or that government leader do
something illegal? Yes. Was there a deliberate coverup regarding this
transaction? Yes.Whether or not the problems are fixed; people held
responsible and receive more than a slap on the wrist or just a promotion will
determine whether or not we as a society are just as guilty, or if we still, as
a group, are worthy of the blessings of a free society.I learn tale
of the scandals, but then they quickly fade back into the woodwork as so many
refuse to get involved and hold people's feet to the fire. As long as our
satellite dish still works and we can text each other about the Kardashians,
while eating order in pizza on the sofa --- then life is good.
This man, so to speak, needs to use his integrity he has left and resign. He
will drag the State of Utah through spending millions of dollars. Will they get
criminal on him? Does he fear Utah more than the Federal government? He fought
against the Federal government as Chief Deputy with 22 other states. How will
he react? He is afraid of blemishes. He should have thought about that when he
climbed the mountain to (help) these men along with the AG Shurtleff in tow just
trying to get money. Money didn't buy these people happiness. Did Swallow
win the election? Really? It didn't take long for these things to surface
after he took office. Payment is demanded for these guys. John Swallow has
been in the law and election and office business for years and finally found
that he, and even the Governor's $13M and $85K deal comes out
eventually.Money cannot be the end. Integrity and honor is a price
real people pay and not wheeling dealing. Some people buy votes but should not
happen in the Beehive state. Industry and Integrity should go together and not
at odds. Many don't have either.
You gotta love Irony Guy's lack of understanding our legal system. Irony says, "An investigation isn't even necessary".
Really? Now just an ACCUSATION from a fraud artist who's about to be
convicted and is grasping at straws is enough to convict Swallow? Articles in a
news paper are enough? A political poll is enough? I don't think so.
Last time I checked it required not only an accusation... not only an
investigation... but also a trial with a jury of your peers deciding that you
are guilty.Judgmental people like Irony can believe no investigation
is needed. But that's not what the Constitution says.I wish
he would resign too and save us all this conjecture, $$$, and political
sniping... but it's not likely to happen if he really thinks he's
innocent. And he doesn't have to resign just to make the Irony's out
there happy. You resign when you realize that you are going to be convicted.
I don't know if he's there yet. Not one person has given testimony
under oath yet.... and we're ready to convict without even doing an
Bullet56,The reason you haven't seen it in the national press
is because it isn't a national issue or a normally high-profile office.
It's a state office that usually doesn't get a lot of attention.That being said, I believe Swallow's actions were both unethical
and illegal. However, public opinion nor allegations are proof, political
opposition regularly twists facts or downright fabricates information, and
I've seen reputations ruined through false accusations and twisting of
facts. Impeachment would be improper without first investigating the
This wouldn't even strike the surface in a lot of cities or states as that
is their normal operating process. In Utah, we have stayed away from this type
of ethics problem, which is an ethical issue if not legal issue. He
lost face and is trying to recover his back behind also.