Utah Senate Democrats are calling on House and Senate leadership to authorize a committee to investigate the allegations brought against Attorney General John Swallow.
Senate Minority leader Gene Davis says the call for an investigation isn’t about impeachment. That’s a process left for the Utah House to begin. But he does say it’s in the interest of open government and the integrity of our elected officials to find the truth.
“We just want to get a process going so that the public has a clearer understanding of what the allegations are and what they mean," he says. "Do they raise themselves to the level of impeachment? Who knows? That’s for the House to decide with their own investigation.”
Over the weekend the House Democrats made it clear where they stand regarding the impeachment of John Swallow in an op-ed piece in the Salt Lake Tribune. They also called for an investigation and possible impeachment. Rebecca Chavez-Houk, D-Salt Lake City, says they’ve spoken to their Republican colleagues about it and hope they can reach a consensus to move forward.
“We want to make sure that we end up with an outcome that restores the public trust and deliberate movement is imperative and bi-partisan movement is imperative,” she says.
The House Republican Caucus is scheduled to meet next week during interim meetings to discuss impeachment. The federal government, the Lt. Governor’s office, and the Salt Lake and Davis County attorneys are all investigating allegations brought against the Attorney General.