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Department of Justice clears Utah AG

SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 Utah) – The Department of Justice has found there is no credible evidence to press charges against Utah Attorney General, John Swallow or his predecessor, Mark Shurtleff.
SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 Utah) – The Department of Justice has found there is no credible evidence to press charges against Utah Attorney General, John Swallow or his predecessor, Mark Shurtleff.

Amid allegations of bribery and extortion Swallow called for a federal investigation.

Nine months later.

"This is just one step, but it's a big step and it's a great day," says Swallow.

Swallow got word the department is closing the case, no charges will be filed.

"I said all along I was innocent of these baseless allegations."

Swallow says this decision sets a clear standard.

"The federal investigation was very fair and very thorough. They are the preeminent investigative force in the world and they came out and said, we're closing our file," says Swallow.

Others aren't closing the file just yet. State, legislative and Bar investigations are still moving forward.

Davis County District Attorney, Troy Rawlings tells ABC 4 Utah, "the Department of Justice is done with whatever process they did, or did not, go through. We are not. The state investigation, with the assistance of the FBI, continues."

Representative James Dunnigan, the chairman of the special legislative committee looking into the allegations says their investigation was different from the federal one all along. This just one day after announcing their investigation is moving full speed ahead.

"To determine the public trust and we're also looking to see if there are any statutory changes that need to be made in our current law regarding campaign financing and reform," says Dunnigan.

Swallow says he will cooperate with any other investigations, but says given the new developments, those behind them should reconsider.

"Ask themselves what is the benefit that we might gain, compared to the cost to the people of Utah," says Swallow.

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