Swallow not resigning, says he ‘has nothing to hide’

Posted at 10:25 AM, Jun 12, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-12 13:29:23-04

Embattled Utah Attorney General John Swallow says he will not step down "just because of allegations from questionable sources."

Swallow was a guest on the Doug Wright Radio Show on Wednesday. He said "If there's anything I could ask the people of Utah it's to be patient."

Swallow is the subject of state and federal investigations into a series of allegations. Among them, accusations that he helped broker deals to assist a businessman suspected of defrauding thousands of customers.

In recent weeks, both Republicans and Democrats have commented on Swallow's future, most saying he should either take a leave or resign from office. The Sutherland Institute of Politics also recommended resignation.

Yesterday, Governor Gary Herbert spoke out about Swallow saying, "I can tell you from my own viewpoint, again, I’m increasingly alarmed with the stuff that’s bubbling out, what I consider ethical challenges, ethical violations," Herbert said Tuesday. "I can only say if he worked with me before, with all that is coming out, he wouldn’t be working for me today."

As to whether or not Swallow should resign, the Governor said, "That’s something John Swallow needs to determine for himself," Herbert said. "He needs to look at what’s in the best interest of his family. He needs to look at what’s in the best interest of the state."

In a written statement issued Tuesday night Swallow said, "I have admired the governor for speaking out that due process should be followed and I am saddened he has grown impatient with the process," adding, "I still believe we should put our faith in fairness, facts and evidence rather than allegations, rumors and speculation shared through the media."

Wednesday, Swallow told Wright he will "I want the investigation to be thorough," adding that he "has nothing to hide," and "invited the investigation." He says he is still hard at work and capable of carrying out the duties of his elected post.