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Final Report into former Attorney General John Swallow allegations released

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – The House Special Investigative Committee has submitted its final report on the investigation into John Swallow.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – The House Special Investigative Committee has submitted its final report on the investigation into John Swallow Wednesday.

The bottom line is the investigative committee believes Swallow and others responsible for the abuses outlined in the report should be held accountable for their actions.

This committee has no authority to do that, but the findings are being shared with the criminal investigation.

"Madam Speaker, the House Special Investigative Committee has finished its work."

After 165 witness interviews and pouring over tens of thousands of documents over about seven months the house investigation into former attorney general john swallow is complete at a price tag of nearly $4 million.

"It was a high cost, but we can not put a price on public trust. One does not cut corners when the very integrity of our justice system is in question," said Speaker of the House Becky Lockart.

The more than 3,000 page final report states the attorney general's office was for sale under Swallow, that he cultivated a series of relationships with individuals and particular Utah-based industries that resulted in a pattern of benefits, including campaign contributions, political favors, cash and other benefits, flowing back and forth between him and them.

"His involvement with the pay day industry, his efforts to hide or launder campaign contributions from that industry," said Committee Chair Jim Dunnigan.

The report notes significant amounts of missing data from Swallow's devices, fabricated documents and that swallow refused to interview with the committee Chairman, Jim Dunnigan believes the pressure forced him out of office.

"We believe the committees work was a substantial contributing factor in Mr. Swallow's decision to resign."

That was the ultimate consequence from this investigation, but it could be used as the state considers criminal charges.

"It is also our hope the information uncovered by our investigation will provide a foundation and guidance to other investigators," said Dunnigan.  

The report concludes with 13 suggestions from this investigation those include changes to campaign finance laws and ethics reform among other things.

Click here to read the report.

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