Hillyard: we should be proud of the way the Utah AG investigation occurred

Two former Utah Attorneys General, Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow, appeared in court Wednesday vowing to beat a slew of criminal charges including bribery and other counts.

On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Wednesday, State Senator Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, said it’s very sad to see these kind of charges filed against such prominent law enforcement people. But Hillyard said we should be proud of the way the investigation occurred.

“A house committee, five Republicans and four Democrats, looked at all the information and spent quite a bit of money,” Hillyard said. “They had to to investigate this. They came back with a unanimous report that recommended what is now happening. I think if we had that joint effort and honesty on a federal level, we could solve a lot of our problems.”

Prosecutors say the charges against Shurtleff and Swallow stem largely from cozy relationships with businessmen who in turn gave them gold coins, luxury vacations and other lavish gifts.

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