Missing emails create new concern over Utah Attorney General John Swallow

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) – There's new concern Thursday into the investigation of Utah's Attorney General John Swallow. Investigators asked Swallow’s office to provide them a list of emails, but when they turned them over a significant number of them were missing.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) – There's new concern Thursday into the investigation of Utah's Attorney General John Swallow. Investigators asked Swallow’s office to provide them a list of emails, but when they turned them over a significant number of them were missing.

So far it's unclear how many of these emails are missing, as well as who Swallow, or someone in his office, may have been talking to and when they were talking, but the fact that investigators called for these emails and his office doesn't have some of them, some people believe this is a big red flag.

Investigators looking into possible wrongdoings Utah Attorney General John Swallow are finding a big hole in some information he was supposed to send them.

"It appears that there were some of the electronic data that was missing," said Rep. Jim Dunnigan, Special Investigative Committee Chairman.

Right now Swallow is accused of bribery, extortion and violating election law. Investigating legislators recently sent the Attorney General's Office a subpoena requesting him to hand over a series of emails between inmate and accuser Marc Jenson and at least 9 other people dating back as far as 2009. But when the office sent them over, a significant number of emails were missing.

"We definitely are interested in getting those emails because they have information they may help us either disprove the allegations that have been made or provide some factual evidence towards the allegations," said Dunnigan.

Maryann Martindale with Alliance for a Better Utah is one of Swallow's most outspoken critics. She believes this only adds to Swallow's suspicion.

"Whether he did this intentionally, if you're innocent it doesn't seem like the kind of behavior you would do," said Maryann Martindale, Executive Director of Alliance for a Better Utah.

As of Thursday night, investigating committee members plan to get the missing emails back.

"We're hopeful that the missing emails will turn up or can be recovered," said Dunnigan.

Representative Dunnigan tells Reporter Brian Carlson the Special Investigative Committee will meet Tuesday and discuss what can be done to find the missing emails.

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