Utah Attorney General John Swallow is asking the U.S. Attorney for Utah for a full investigation into allegations that he schemed to bribe a congressman.
In a letter to the U.S. Attorney for Utah Swallow denies all of the allegations brought against him by St. George businessman Jeremy Johnson. He also says he expects no special treatment and will give his full cooperation. The office of the U.S. Attorney for Utah has confirmed they received the letter and that a response was sent back. But, they would not say if they will be doing an investigation. In an interview with KUER Swallow continued to deny the allegations but also defended his interaction with Johnson saying he was just doing his job. He says his office is also making changes to make sure an incident like this doesn’t happen again.
“We still have to be open to the public," he says. "We still are state, elected by the people, to help people. But, I’ve decided I will not be meeting alone with people who have any kind of challenges.”
Swallow also defended his work on an outside consulting job he did while serving as Deputy Attorney General. He says nothing he did was illegal but that he will not be doing any outside consulting work while he is serving as Attorney General. He refused to say whether or not he believes it should be legal.