Mon January 14, 2013
Critics Demand Investigations of Utah's Attorney General
The chorus of voices demanding an investigation of Utah's attorney general is growing. The Alliance for a Better Utah is asking the Utah State Bar to look into accusations that Attorney General John Swallow helped to arrange a lobbying effort aimed at sidetracking a federal investigation of Internet entrepreneur Jeremy Johnson.
Alliance Director Maryann Martindale says, if what Johnson has been saying is true, Swallow could have violated ethical standards.
"Now, we're not saying he should be disbarred," Martindale says, "but we are saying that if he is found to have breached those rules of conduct, then that would be a logical course of action for the bar to take."
Utah Democratic Party Chair Jim Dabakis called on the U.S. Attorney General to appoint a special prosecutor in the case.
Swallow issued a statement over the weekend insisting that he'd done nothing wrong and that he only put Johnson in touch with a lobbying firm. Johnson claims he was spending $600,000 to influence Senator Harry Reid to blunt the Federal Trade Commission investigation that led to a mail fraud charge against him. Reid's office has denied any involvement in the case.