Here's an overview of the story:
- John Swallow was a fundraiser for attorney general Mark Shurtleff. While fundraising he solicited donations from Jeremy Johnson.
- When Johnson was under investigation by the FTC he sought help from Swallow (who by then was deputy attorney general) and Shurtleff.
- Johnson alleges Swallow told him he had a friend connected to Harry Reid who could make his FTC problems go away.
- Swallow asserts he simply put Johnson in contact with a lobbying firm that could help him with his problems.
- Swallow sent an email to Johnson titled "Mtg. with Harry Reid's contact." which said "Richard is traveling to LV tomorrow and will be able to contact this person, who he has a very good relationship with. He needs a brief narrative of what is going on and what you want to happen. I don't know the cost, but it probably won't be cheap."
- While Swallow was a candidate for attorney general he and his campaign consultant, Jason Powers, met with Johnson. This was while Johnson was out on bail.
- Swallow and Johnson met again at a later date and the meeting was secretly recorded by Johnson. Swallow tells Johnson, "I'd like to have it legally through lobbyists." And the Tribune reports, "Swallow insists during the meeting he did nothing wrong 'criminally' but 'politically - politically, I go whoa.'"
Swallow is deeply involved in this scandal. At best, he's guilty of what many would consider unethical behavior, especially when that behavior is done by the deputy attorney general. At worst, he's committed some serious crimes and could see jail time.
So what do you think? Should Utah Attorney General John Swallow resign?