John Swallow

Utah Politics
9:50 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Former Utah Attorneys General Swallow and Shurtleff Arrested

Former Utah Attorneys General John Swallow (L) and Mark Shurtleff (R)
Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office

Utah officials have arrested former Utah Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow on multiple state felony charges.

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Utah Politics
2:48 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Affidavit Suggests John Swallow Laundered $50K in Campaign Contributions for Sen. Mike Lee

File: Sen. Mike Lee
Brian Grimmett

A recently unsealed request for a search warrant in the investigation of former Attorney General John Swallow reveals that he might have helped Senator Mike Lee launder campaign donations.

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Business & Labor
4:46 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Utah Payday Loan Rates Among Highest in Nation

Utah has some of the highest payday lending rates in the nation. That’s according to a new report released this week from the Pew Charitable Trusts. The research indicates that a state’s limit on interest rates is the key factor driving loan pricing. Utah is one of seven states where there is no legal limit.

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Politics
4:51 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Governor Vetoes Bill That Would Have Given Legislature Stronger Subpoena Power

Gov. Gary Herbert discusses the three bills he votoed
Brian Grimmett

On final day to approve bills passed by the Utah Legislature, Governor Gary Herbert vetoed HB414, which would have given the legislature the final say on challenges to legislative subpoenas.

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Local Government
3:30 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Sim Gill Seeks Re-Election as Salt Lake County District Attorney

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill says he’s got a lot of work left to do in the office. That’s why he announced today he’s seeking re-election. 

The Democrat says in his last term he jealously guarded taxpayer dollars, balanced four budgets and dramatically reduced annual debt.

“These efficiencies are saving hundreds thousands of dollars each year for the Salt Lake County taxpayer,” Gill says. “Daily we do more with less waste in more efficient ways.”

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Politics
12:14 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Swallow Scandal Results in Campaign Finance Changes

Utah Attorney General John Swallow resigns from office
Brian Grimmett

The scandal surrounding former Utah Attorney General John Swallow not only ended in his resignation, but also brought about several changes to Utah’s campaign finance reporting laws. 

The House’s investigation into John Swallow came with a price tag of about $4 million. A cost House Speaker Becky Lockhart says was well worth it.

“It was a high cost, but we cannot put a price on public trust," she says. "One does not cut corners when the very integrity of the justice system is at question.”

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Politics
2:40 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Final Report on Swallow Presented to House, Released to Public

File: Former Utah Attorney General John Swallow resigns
Brian Grimmett

Members of the House Special Investigative Committee of former Attorney General John Swallow presented their final report to the full body of the Utah House of Representatives Wednesday. The presentation on the House floor marked the conclusion of the nearly 9 month long investigation into Swallow.

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Politics
2:22 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

House Swallow Investigation Approves Final Report

Rep. Jim Dunnigan, R-Taylorsville
Brian Grimmett

The House Special Investigative Committee of former Utah Attorney General John Swallow approved their final report Tuesday ending a nearly 9 months long process.

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Politics
3:40 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Swallow Committee Delays Final Report

House Special Investigative Committee Chairman Jim Dunnigan
Brian Grimmett

The House Committee investigating former Attorney General John Swallow pushed back the release of their final report Friday. It is now scheduled for public release some time next week. Committee Chairman Rep. Jim Dunnigan, R-Taylorsville, says he delayed the release to be able to include information they only recently recovered from a crashed hard drive in one of Swallow’s personal computers.

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Business & Labor
2:54 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Legislature Cracks Down on Payday Lenders

A bill imposing new restrictions on payday lenders in Utah passed a crucial vote in the Utah Senate today. HB127 requires payday lenders to disclose the terms of their consumer loans, including the typically high interest rates, before a contract is signed. And the Lenders won’t be allowed to pick the courts where they file lawsuits against borrowers who default either.

Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem, cited the example of a payday lender in St. George.

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Politics
4:05 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

House Committee Debuts First Bills to Come Out of Swallow Investigation

File: Utah Attorney General John Swallow resigns
Brian Grimmett

Candidates for state office and the Utah legislature could soon be required to disclose a lot more information when they run for office, and they’ll have former Utah Attorney General John Swallow to thank for it.

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Politics
2:09 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Herbert Selects Sean Reyes as Next Attorney General of Utah

Newly appointed Attorney Genereal Sean Reyes
Brian Grimmett

Governor Gary Herbert has selected Sean Reyes to be Utah’s next Attorney General. He says all three of the candidates referred to him were qualified for the job, but ultimately it was Sean Reyes’ experience in both the public and private sector that made him the one who would fit best.

“He is eminently qualified for this responsibility and this job and I think it comes at a time that is unique in our state’s history, that’s going to take a unique personality to come in and turn the office around,” Herbert says.

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Politics
7:26 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Committee Report Shows AG's Office Was For Sale Under Swallow

Diagram of how Swallow used a web of entities for donors to hide their contributions
Brian Grimmett

During day two of the House Investigative Committee’s report on former Attorney General John Swallow, investigators described a web of organizations that Swallow used to hide and obscure money received from payday lending companies. Chief investigator James Mintz said he accomplished this with the help of campaign consultant Jason Powers, who created most of the shell organizations.

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Politics
5:13 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

House Investigative Committee Reports Swallow Obstructed Investigation

Investigators show a slide of a timline of when John Swallow created invoices for work done in previous years.
Brian Grimmett

In a day long meeting, special counsel Steve Reich revealed information that former Attorney General John Swallow intentionally created and deleted data in an effort to mislead the Utah House investigation.

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Politics
7:57 pm
Sat December 14, 2013

GOP Chooses Sean Reyes, Robert Smith, and Brian Tarbet as AG Nominees

A member of the GOP State Central Committee member casts their vote for Attorney General
Brian Grimmett

Members of the Utah Republican state central committee selected Sean Reyes, Robert Smith and Brian Tarbet as their nominees for Attorney General. Governor Gary Herbert will now choose one of these candidates to replace John Swallow. He says he hopes to do it as soon as possible, and hopefully before Christmas.

“I’m going to interview them, I’m going to talk with them. It’s about restoring trust in the AG’s office and confidence for the people of Utah. And I think I’ve got three great people to choose from.”

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KUER Local News
4:39 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Salt Lake County District Attorney Files Charges Against Tim Lawson, Shurtleff's "Fixer"

Timothy Lawson booking photo
Utah County Sheriff's Office

The Salt Lake County District Attorney’s office and the Davis County Attorney’s office have filed six felony charges against Timothy Lawson. Lawson is an associate of Former Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow and is sometimes referred to as a “Fixer.” Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill says the charges suggest Lawson engaged in consistent criminal activity.

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Politics
9:32 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

GOP Candidates for Attorney General Debate, Campaign for Votes

Candidates to replace Former Attorney General John Swallow debate using UEN's video conferencing infrastructure.
Brian Grimmett

Republican Candidates vying to replace former Attorney General John Swallow, faced off in a debate on Wednesday night. They answered questions that came from across the state using the Utah Education Network’s video conferencing infrastructure.

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Politics
4:25 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Acting Attorney General Faces Tough Challenge Replacing John Swallow

File: Utah Attorney General John Swallow announces his resignation.
Brian Grimmett

At midnight on Monday John Swallow officially became the former Attorney General of Utah. And while there are several Republicans vying to become the appointed replacement, the Governor won’t make that decision for another few weeks. Until then, Major General Brian Tarbet will be the acting Attorney General and dealing with the transition won't be easy.

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Politics
2:48 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Lt. Governor Won't File Civil Claim Against John Swallow

Lt. Governor Spencer Cox
Brian Grimmett

Lt. Governor Spencer Cox announced today that he will not pursue civil action against Utah Attorney General John Swallow.

Cox says he won’t pursue the case because Swallow has already resigned. He says because the outcome of resignation and civil action is the same, a vacated office, moving forward would only be a waste of time and taxpayer money.

“Short of spending $200,000 in a six month trial to end up exactly where we are today, I don’t know what else we could do except to forward it on to the other investigators,” he says.

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Politics
4:26 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Utah Democrats Claim Swallow Election is Null and Void

Utah Democratic Party Chairman Jim Dabakis
Brian Grimmett

Leaders of the Utah Democratic Party are calling on Governor Gary Herbert to hold a special election to replace Attorney General John Swallow, instead of appointing the replacement himself. But, there might not be a legal path for what the Democrats want.

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Politics
3:51 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Investigations Continue Despite Swallow's Resignation

Utah Attorney General John Swallow announces his resignation at the Utah State Capitol
Brian Grimmett

Several investigations into Utah Attorney General John Swallow will continue to move forward despite his resignation from office.

Democratic Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill and Republican Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings have been investigating Swallow since early this year. They’re trying to determine if he’s violated any state laws, specifically those against selling influence. Because of that, Gill says Swallow’s resignation will have little, if any, effect on what they’re doing.

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Politics
3:51 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Lt. Governor's Report Claims Swallow Violated Election Law

Mark Thomas, Director of Elections, answers questions about investigative report on John Swallow
Brian Grimmett

The special counsel to the state election’s office has found that there is sufficient evidence to show that Utah Attorney General John Swallow violated Utah election law.

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Politics
3:49 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Utah Attorney General John Swallow Resigns

Utah Attorney General John Swallow addresses the media at the State Capitol
Brian Grimmett

Utah Attorney General John Swallow has submitted his letter of resignation to Governor Gary Herbert and will leave his office on December 3rd.

John Swallow said he decided to resign from office because the pressure on his family from the several ongoing investigations into his conduct had just become too strong. He said he’s spent nearly $300 thousand of his own money in his defense and that he couldn’t see an end in sight.

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Politics
4:30 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Swallow Denies Deleting Emails, Accuses House Committeee of Being Unprofessional

File: Utah Attorney General John Swallow
Brian Grimmett

Embattled Utah Attorney General John Swallow is denying that he ever intentionally deleted emails from his computers. He’s also accusing the special counsel for the House committee investigating him of being inflammatory and unprofessional.

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Politics
3:06 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Missing Files in AG Investigation "Very Troubling" For Committee

Special Counsel Steve Reich, center, addresses the House Special Investigative Committee of Utah AG John Swallow
Brian Grimmett

The special counsel in the investigation of Utah Attorney General told the committee today that he is deeply concerned about the extent of missing electronic documents from John Swallow.

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Politics
1:59 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Missing Documents a Concern for House Investigative Committee of Utah AG John Swallow

Rep. Jim Dunnigan, R-Taylorsville
Brian Grimmett

The chair of the House committee investigating Utah Attorney General John Swallow says he’s concerned about possible missing documents from the Attorney General’s office.

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Politics
5:23 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Utah State Bar Won't Pursue One Claim Against the Attorney General

Utah Attorney General John Swallow
Brian Grimmett/KUER

Utah Attorney General John Swallow released a letter over the weekend from the State Bar Association, indicating that one complaint against him will not be pursued.  

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Politics
4:39 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

DOJ Closes Case Against AG John Swallow, Won't File Charges

File: Utah Attorney General John Swallow
Brian Grimmett

The investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice into Utah Attorney General John Swallow has apparently come to a close without any charges being filed.

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Politics
3:45 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

House Committee Investigating John Swallow Asks For Your Help

Special Counsel Steve Reich of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld addresses the House Special Investigative Committee of John Swallow
Brian Grimmett

The special counsel and investigator for the House Special Investigative Committee of Utah Attorney General John Swallow formally introduced themselves to legislators today and outlined their plan for the investigation.

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Politics
3:39 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

House Special Investigative Committee Dives Into Investigation of Utah AG John Swallow

Rep. Jim Dunnigan, R-Taylorsville, conducts the first meeting of the House Special Investigative Committee
Brian Grimmett

A week before their second meeting, the House Special Investigative Committee is already collecting documents and creating a list of potential witnesses as it looks into allegations against Utah Attorney General John Swallow.

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