Swallow investigation launched by lawmakers

Utah Attorney General John Swallow as Utah Gov. Gary Herbert delivers the State of the State speech to the Utah State Legislature on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/The Deseret News, Tom Smart, Pool)

Utah lawmakers have voted to launch an investigation to gather facts about allegations surrounding the state’s Attorney General, John Swallow.

During a three-hour caucus meeting Wednesday, House Republicans stopped short of starting impeachment proceedings. Rep. Curt Webb, R-District 5, said lawmakers are not going down the impeachment road right now.

“Instead of creating an investigative committee under the impeachment process, we’re not going through the impeachment process to create this committee,” Webb said. “So this committee is not part of an impeachment process.

“They could be; they could when they’re through say, ‘this is the evidence and it would lead us to that,’ but they are not part of the impeachment process. We have not started the impeachment process.”

Swallow is the subject of a federal investigation into accusations that he engineered a plot to thwart a Federal Trade Commission probe of a friend by bribing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Reid and Swallow have denied the allegations. 

On <a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/324/2013_06_18_324_11750_2867.mp3″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s For the People program Wednesday</a>, Webb said elected officials have a public trust so, “this causes us all a little anxiety.”

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