Swallow calls allegations false; claims innocence

By Cristina Rendon

Published 06/12 2013 11:19PM

Updated 06/13 2013 10:44AM

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – As allegations of corruption and bribery hang over Utah Attorney General John Swallow, he said it is not easy being a victim of false accusations.

“There’s an old saying in politics that enemies accumulate and friends scatter,” Swallow said. “I can't think of a better situation than the scenario I’m in right now.”

Swallow has been swamped with allegations of wrongdoing shortly after he took office in January 2013.

An indicted St. George businessman claimed Swallow bribed a Nevada senator. A Utah prison inmate alleged Swallow and former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff spent his money on fancy trips to a resort in California. He also claimed the Shurtleff and Swallow tried to get $2 million out of him.

An ethics compliant was filed with the Utah State Bar by Alliance for a Better UTAH. The organization later filed an election law violation complaint with the Lt. Governor’s Office.

Lawmakers are considering an impeachment process, but Swallow said he has nothing to be indicted for. He has no plans to step down from office.

Swallow said the people who know him, know he’s innocent.

“It’s hard to get to know a person based on false and malicious reports from people who are either under indictment or in prison right now and have an agenda,” Swallow said.

Swallow said his office is doing good work despite the investigations surrounding him. He is eager for the investigations to finish because he said that is when the truth will surface.

“When the facts come out I believe people will know I’m not guilty of anything that is alleged and I’m innocent of most of the wrongdoings,” he said.

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