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Politicans request being answered for Special Counsel in Utah Attorney General allegations

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) – Action is now being taken in the corruption allegations against Attorney General John Swallow. ABC 4 Utah is told a special counsel is being appointed to look into those allegations.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) – Action is now being taken in the corruption allegations against Attorney General John Swallow. ABC 4 Utah is told a special counsel is being appointed to look into those allegations.

Right now there are so many allegations of corruption with Attorney General Swallow, politicians and political activists are calling for change.

"I think from a public perspective and citizens of Utah we've had enough," said Maryann Martindale, Alliance for a Better Utah.

"I hope that the governor will call a special prosecutor an independent special prosecutor," said Jim Dabakis, Utah Democratic Party Chair.

Friday something similar is happening. The Lt. Governor's Office is now calling for a special counsel to look at allegations against Swallow for allegations limited to Swallow's supposed violations of election law.

"There were 12 counts total, 9 were dismissed but 3 of them we feel like needed further review and so to that we will appoint special counsel," said Mark Thomas, Lt. Governor’s Office.

But some don't think that's enough.

"We're considering all of our options. I think that certainly going forward or seeking to go forward with an impeachment is one course of action," said Jennifer Seelig, (D) State Minority Leader

Just Thursday Utah prison inmate Marc Jenson came out with a whole new set of claims against Swallow and former Attorney General Marc Shurtleff. He accuses them of soliciting bribes. Jenson is currently serving time on financial felonies. He claims Swallow told him if he gave money to them, they would make life easier for him.

"His whole pitch to me was I can help you with your current troubles with the AG's office, I can help, get your story, I can fix this for you," said Marc Jenson, inmate.

These new claims are putting some over the edge.

"We deserve better, we deserve to have someone sitting in that office who we can trust and who we feel can have our best interest in hand," said Martindale.

If the new special counsel finds enough evidence to support wrongdoings against Swallow with the claims of election violations, activists may get their wish.

"It does call for removal of office," said Thomas. "We'll let the special counsel, if they get to that point, make that determination."

So far it's unclear who the special counsel is going to be that's going to look into some of these Swallow allegations. ABC 4 Utah is told the state will open up the position to proposals next week.

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