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Republicans now joining possible impeachment conversations of Utah's Attorney General

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - More Lawmakers are pushing to look into the allegations of corruptions against Utah's Attorney General John Swallow. We've been hearing from Democrats, but now Republicans are talking too.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - More Lawmakers are pushing to look into the allegations of corruptions against Utah's Attorney General John Swallow. We've been hearing from Democrats, but now Republicans are talking too. 

Lawmakers in the House and Senate will both play different roles in deciding whether or not Swallow will be impeached from the allegations. Monday night senators are the ones coming forward. 

Utah State Senators are speaking out about the allegations facing Utah's Attorney General John Swallow.
 
"We believe that the public has a right to know what's going on," said Senator Gene Davis, (D) Minority Leader. 

Swallow is facing allegations of bribery, extortion, and violation of election law. Right now there is more and more talk of lawmakers moving to impeach him next week at a state Legislative Management Committee Meeting. Senate Democrats are calling for an investigation.  

"The Senate Democratic Caucus believes it is now time for the Utah Legislature to investigate the issues surrounding these allegations," said Davis. 

However Senate Republicans are taking a more conservative approach.

"We want to be careful that we're not judging someone before we have all the evidence," said Senator Ralph Okerlund, (R) Majority Leader. 
 
When Reporter Brian Carlson talked to the State Senate Majority Leader Monday over the phone, he said they don't want to be in this situation. It's complicated, and many lawmakers have differing attitudes. Plus, Swallow is a Republican. It's not good for the state Republican Party. 

"Anytime you have this kind of discussion going on, it's damaging to for the party and damaging obviously if we get into another election cycle, it's going to certainly be an issue," said Okerlund.   
 
Regardless of party affiliation or opinions both sides want to do the right thing. 

"We're watching to make sure we're running an ethical government that's important to all of us," said Okerlund.  

"We just want to get a process going so that the public has a clearer understanding of what these allegations are and what they mean, do they raise themselves to the level of impeachment? Who knows," said Davis. 

Lawmakers will meet June 19th to discuss the Utah Attorney General situation.   

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