Hillyard waiting for FBI report on Swallow before passing judgement on embattled Utah AG

FILE: Deputy Attorney General John Swallow talks to supporters following his victory at the Utah State GOP election night watch party Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Utah Democrats and some Republicans want the legislature to hold public hearings into the scandals swirling around Utah Attorney General John Swallow.

State Senator Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, says he has been asked why the Senate is not holding hearings on the scandals surrounding Swallow.  Hillyard says it is up to the House, not the Senate, to instigate this kind of action. So how does Hillyard feel about the allegations against swallow?

“I know John, not really well but I know him well enough that I voted for him. I think he’d do a good job as Attorney General,” says Hillyard. “A lot of the things I hear I honestly don’t know where the truth lies.

“He denies it. Other people say it’s the truth. I think I’ll wait until the FBI does their verification and gives us a report.” 

Hillyard says he was pleased over the fact that Republicans chose James Evans as their new party chairman. He says Evans did a credible job when he served two years in the Utah legislature.

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