The chief law enforcement officer for Utah. If true, shocking.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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...
Let the law take its course.
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
"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"?
I expect and demand an obstruction of justice charge.
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.
This is just the Swallow stuff. Shurtleff is next. And after that, who knows?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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....
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???
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.
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.
Jeepers. I knew this was all going to come out. Smarmy. Hope they go after both
him and Shurtleff.
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
I am getting flashbacks of Watergate. I mus be getting old...
John Swallow should be held accountable.We also need complete
accountability and honesty fromour president & our attorney general.
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.
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.
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
The running partners of 2014 are Shurtleff and Swallow. FIJ
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.
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.
There's going to be a very special, very hot, place for John Swallow at
some point in the not too distant future.