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Ex-Attorney General John Swallow deliberately destroyed data, made up documents, investigators say

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  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 12:41 p.m.

    The chief law enforcement officer for Utah. If true, shocking.

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    Dec. 19, 2013 1:01 p.m.

    C'mon John Swallow defenders,
    where are you?
    I want to hear more of your explanations and rationalizations.

    Ya-ya-ya...
    It was ALL a public witch-hunt, fabricated to destroy him by Democrats.

    If you STILL believe that,
    then you are more politically blind and partisan than anyone could possibly imagine.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 1:32 p.m.

    So in his own way it was Swallow first, the State of Utah, it's citizens and telling the truth all further down the list of behavior. He was right about one thing: He will never be able to convince others he is innocent.

  • Something to think about Ogden, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 1:33 p.m.

    My concern is that Swallow will be allowed to "go quietly into the good night". He should be punished. We send 'poor people' to jail for much less. If left unpunished, this would enforce the believe that "white collar" criminals get off easier than blue collar criminals.

    In addition, this would really hurt the credibility of the government of the State of Utah with outsiders.

  • 1978 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 1:35 p.m.

    I am glad to see Republicans in the House going after this as they should. Even what Swallow has admitted to is definitely unethical, to say the least, especially given his position at the time.

    I find it interesting that Johnson felt as though he could bribe Harry Reid. I guess those questionable land deals in Nevada make more sense now. If you are expecting Democrats to check into that - Don't hold your breath.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 1:35 p.m.

    John Swallow obviously felt he was above the law. This happens far too often with our politicians who become so accustomed to being the ones making the laws that they lose sight of the importance of obeying them. This is a very good illustration of why we should not elect those who are tasked with enforcing our laws.

  • JTO Centerville, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 1:53 p.m.

    I don't think this was ever a party issue--this is about corruption and graft. All sorts of things can be said - Swallow should have stepped down, Swallow should have never taken office, Swallow should have never committed the crime. My take? He should be fined severely and jailed for a long time, and the investigation shouldn't stop until the full extent of the scandal is uncovered. It smelled bad from the start...

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 1:53 p.m.

    Let the law take its course.

  • regis Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 2:10 p.m.

    I guess Swallow resigned in hopes that everything would just be forgotten and dropped. Not likely. With the information now coming out, it appears he is clearly guilty of obstruction of justice. That's pretty serious stuff - particularly for a man in his position. I don't see how authorities can simply look the other way.

    I suspect Swallow will be charged criminally. If he enters into any kind of plea deal, or is found guilty following trial, he certainly has to spend some time in jail. And loss of his license to practice law is a foregone conclusion.

    I don't know where this man can turn at this point to find a job. I feel some sympathy for the guy and his family - even though I think he's guilty and deserves punishment.

  • 1conservative WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 2:56 p.m.

    "airnaut" As a conservative (not a RINO)I believe Swallow can and will be held accountantable. I think he should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

    Now - Shall we talk about.....Benghazi, IRS spying, Fast and Furious, etc. or....should we just talk about the fact that...."if you like your insurance, you can keep it"?

  • Schwa South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 3:01 p.m.

    I expect and demand an obstruction of justice charge.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 3:18 p.m.

    Governor Herbert needs to do something dramatic to restore confidence in the AG's office and in his own administration. Once again, I propose he appoint a former candidate to the AG office, Andrew McCollough. Andy's politics are quite different from my own, needless to say, but he's just the guy to clear the air. Come on, Governor, no more business as usual.

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 3:44 p.m.

    This is just the Swallow stuff. Shurtleff is next. And after that, who knows?

  • caleb in new york Glen Cove, NY
    Dec. 19, 2013 3:55 p.m.

    Wow, so Swallow's attorney says that Swallow did not "purposely fabricate documents". I'm pretty skeptical of the possibility that he accidentally fabricated documents.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 3:57 p.m.

    Given all this new evidence coming to light, it makes all of Swallow's declarations of innocense both sad and funny at the same time. He is truly worthy of the infamous "4-Pinnochio award".

    He might yet still be able to find a job in politics... working for the Obama administration. Perhaps even his right hand man. Birds of a feather flock together.

  • DonO Draper, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 4:18 p.m.

    All the evidence shows that John Swallow is an unethical, amoral politico who cared only about himself and his political future...the law and Utah taxpayers be hanged. The more that comes out about this guy the more we see what an egomaniac he is. His attorney says the House committee is interested in only "one side of the story." I doubt there is more than one side but it would be good theater to hear Swallow try to explain his way out of this mess he's made of his life.

  • DraperUteFan Draper, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 4:29 p.m.

    My favorite is from attorney Snow. "Nothing...to our knowledge (Swallow's knowledge?)...was intentionally deleted...that was problematic...emails were deleted in the regular course."

    Hmmm, first of all, we are talking about the lead law officer in the state, so no emails should be deleted. Second Mr. Snow, define "regular course?" Attorneys are generally not supposed to delete emails in the "regular course" especially if they are relevant legal documents.

    Snow blames the committee for initiating this effort and thinks we are all being duped by them. I really do want to know what the "other side" is, because the side we are seeing clearly spells Swallow was a fraud.

    Mr. Snow, if it had not been for this committee and others looking into Mr. Swallow's actions, he would still be in office. Quit trying to make us think the problem is with the committee and anyone other than your client.

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 4:32 p.m.

    Swallow should start preparing for a criminal trial and Shurtleff should retain counsel because he is next. The AG office was corrupt under these two AG's. I don't care who the Republican candidate is for the next office, I will be voting for the Democrat to clean up this mess.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 4:31 p.m.

    Mr. Swallow is as innocent as a baby.

    He is a saint.

    He hasn't done anything wrong.

    When will liberals give up this man hunt?

    And Shurtleff is completely innocent and righteous too.

    I'm sure Herbert will appoint a righteous AG....

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 4:35 p.m.

    I thought only "liberal" Chicago and New York did this sort of stuff???

    Apparently not.

    This is what happens with one party rule and absolutely no ethical standards.

    Isn't it about time we set up some ethical and campaign finance reform? Each candidate has $1000 dollars to spend. That's it. No "fund raising." Isn't it time to get rid of the corrupt caucus? Isn't it time to produce some checks and balances?

    Or do repubs in this state still feel like we can merely "trust" in our leaders to act righteously???

  • aghast SYRACUSE, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 4:36 p.m.

    Wrong, is wrong is wrong. It doesn't matter if it is "criminally" or "politically" or "whoa" or anything else such as ethically, morally, religiously, etc... I hate to be the the one to break it to Mr. Swallow - but you are not getting anything from Santa this year.

  • FreedomFighter41 Provo, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 4:47 p.m.

    Anyone else remember the Jodi Arias murder trial?

    This reminds me of that.

    The more time that passes and the more Swallow declares his innocent, the more the truth comes out and the worse he looks.

    Time to just throw Shurtleff and Swallow into prison. None of my hard earned tax dollars should go to those 2 pensions.

    Time to blow this up and start over again. Campaign finance reform and lets elect a Democrat for a change.

  • EJM Herriman, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 5:21 p.m.

    Jeepers. I knew this was all going to come out. Smarmy. Hope they go after both him and Shurtleff.

  • bill in af American Fork, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 5:37 p.m.

    As a state delegate, I saw right through Swallow and did not support him in convention. It was obvious that he was just another Shurtleff who was disaster as the AG. The Republican party needs to restore confidence in the quality of candidates the pull out of the convention. Time to get rid of the caucus system and support the Count My Vote movement so all citizens have a voice in a primary election.

  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 6:06 p.m.

    I am getting flashbacks of Watergate. I mus be getting old...

  • New to Utah PAYSON, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 6:34 p.m.

    John Swallow should be held accountable.
    We also need complete accountability and honesty from
    our president & our attorney general.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 8:57 p.m.

    It is not surprising to hear this from a man who has been involved with other public figures that were breaking the law, civil or criminal or just ethically.

    The AG office knew some of the things John Swallow was doing, day in and day out, that might have been pushing their buttons.

    Data integrity is required by the State due to federal and state laws such as GRAMA, which had it's test a couple of years ago. Tampering with data on State of Utah systems is against the law, if it is required to not be deleted.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 9:57 p.m.

    Oatmeal, you have a bad memory. Watergate had to do with a 2nd rate, botched burglary that was the tip of the iceberg. The bad part wasn't Nixon white-washing everything and stone-walling, it was the fact he used Federal Agencies---CIA, FBI, IRS, etc.---to harass private citizens who were political enemies. The operation was spawned by the White House Plumbers Squad. What tipped off DC Policemen when they caught the burglars, is that one had a little book with White House names and phone numbers, another had serialized $100 bills on him and the attorney that posted bail for them was wearing a $300 suit, back in the day when an average new suit cost about $50. It didn't stand out because of lying, political favors, or erased e-mails (although there was the one 18-minute gap in the White House Tapes). Watergate was whole different animal. It had "deep throat" and private investigative reporters; real intrigue.

    This is just poor judgment by a political office holder who broke the law because he thought he was above the law; personal aggrandizement, not vicious, malicious revenge.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 10:26 p.m.

    RE: VST "Are you suggesting that Governor Herbert should “break the law” by ignoring standing Utah statutory law and appoint someone OTHER than one of the three individuals nominated by the Utah State Republican Central Committee per Utah Code 20A-1-504(1)(b)?" I'm suggesting that Herbert as head of his party could prevail upon said central committee to nominate McCollough. The job should be filled by a person who is qualified (McCollough certainly is - check) and who is outside of the political power structure (double check).

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 5:33 a.m.

    The running partners of 2014 are Shurtleff and Swallow. FIJ

  • goforit Provo, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 7:32 a.m.

    I am so glad that I saw through John Swallow from the beginning. I am one Republican that has never voted for Swallow for any office he ran for. There was always something that didn't feel right about the guy.

  • oaklandaforlife SLC, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 10:04 a.m.

    Perhaps Shurtleff and Swallow should be on the move the prison committee. That way they can pick out a lovely spot where it appears they should be spending a considerable amount of time.

  • jeru0455 SALEM, OR
    Dec. 23, 2013 3:32 p.m.

    There's going to be a very special, very hot, place for John Swallow at some point in the not too distant future.