SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah)- There’s a new twist in the John Swallow saga. The special house committee that’s been investigating the Utah Attorney General dished out nine new subpoenas Friday. Committee members claim Swallow’s computers and cell phones are missing data. Thursday, Swallow defended the integrity of his office.
The new subpoenas detail a lengthy list of demands for documents related to Swallow’s campaign funds for his 2012 election; specifically asking for records on his campaign consultant Jason Powers, political action committees and non-profit organizations Swallow controls. All of this new information has one group calling for Swallow’s resignation.
Utah Attorney General John Swallow remains in the public eye with a black eye on his office after allegation of voter fraud and extortion.
“The point of the investigation is to try to get to the bottom of this and try to restore some public trust in the office,” said Alliance for a Better Utah Executive Director Mary Ann Martindale.
Nine new subpoenas demand a laundry list of records and documents; all 2012 campaign contributions and all correspondence about Protect Utah PAC, among others. The subpoenas are only digging deeper into the heart of the Swallow investigation.
“I don’t think anyone doubts where there's smoke, there's fire. It’s just whether or not you can put the proof to that,” said Martindale.
Alliance for a better Utah Executive Director Maryann Martindale has long since called foul play on Swallow. And as the special house investigative committee calls for more documents, takes more time, it ultimately means more tax-payers dollars. Thursday, Swallow told ABC 4 Utah, he, too, doesn’t want to see more money spent on the investigation.
“Are they trying to justify spending $800,000 and trying to hook the state a little tighter and say we have to move forward because there is something sinister going on here?” asks Utah Attorney General John Swallow.
Martindale calls Swallow’s bluff by revving up calls for his resignation.
“He needs to step aside. If he's really concerned about the money, that would stop the investigation. He needs to resign,” said Martindale.
Martindale goes as far as saying Governor Gary Herbert should do everything in his power to ensure Swallow resigns saying that it’s up to the Governor to protect the interest of taxpayers. Swallow’s office has until November 25th to produce all documents requested in the nine subpoenas released Friday.
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