John Swallow discusses allegations, investigations and his resignation

Posted at 8:27 PM, Nov 22, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-22 22:27:42-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- In a wide ranging interview on the day after his resignation announcement, Utah Attorney General John Swallow talked about his decision and his opinion of the allegations against him.

"I've come to a resolution in my own heart that in the short term, people are going to wonder about me, notwithstanding the fact that I say I'm innocent," Swallow said.

He said he resigned because he could not compete with the resources the state devoted to his investigation, and he said his wife, Suzanne, was willing to keep fighting to the bitter end.

"I asked my wife, because she's my partner, to really think about whether we were willing to put our house on the line to continue to serve, and she really thought about it and I know she prayed about it and she came back to me and said, 'John, I'm willing to put every resource on the line for you to clear your name.' That's the kind of wife I have," Swallow said.

Swallow said, in the short term, he doesn't know who will hire him because his name has been sullied, but he expects things to improve.

"I'm 51, I'm young,” he said. “I've got a great education. I've got a great life ahead of me, and I know that things will take care of themselves."

To hear how John Swallow responded to questions about the range of investigations he still faces, we have included the entire interview with FOX 13 News’ Max Roth and one other reporter.