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Former Utah Attorney General calls Good 4 Utah reporter as documents show new name in scandal

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - One of Utah's two Attorneys General embattled by scandal is reaching out to ABC 4 Utah. This comes as new documents into the investigation are being released by the court. John Swallow called Good 4 Utah Reporter Brian Carlson.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - One of Utah's two Attorneys General embattled by scandal is reaching out to ABC 4 Utah. This comes as new documents into the investigation are being released by the court. John Swallow called Good 4 Utah Reporter Brian Carlson.

Carlson and Swallow spoke on the phone Wednesday for about 10 minutes. He didn't want to comment on the search warrants served at his house on Monday night, but he tells Carlson there will come a day when he sits down for a couple of hours and shares his side of the story. He wants to respond to the allegations he been facing for the past year and half, but he's not ready to do that just yet.

So Wednesday, ABC 4 Utah is focusing on new documents just released by the Utah court system. It names a new person in the scandal that investigators believe knows insider details about the allegations Swallow is facing.

A new face is emerging in the investigation of corruption allegations against two former Utah Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff. Documents just released Wednesday show investigators are looking into the emails of Jessica Fawson. She was Swallow's Campaign Manager when he ran for Utah Attorney General in 2012. Right now Swallow is accused of extortion and bribery. Back in March, a special House committee concluded that extends to shady relationships with campaign contributions.

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

That report found information and emails were missing from Swallow's electronic devices.
The new documents now released show investigators subpoenaed Fawson's emails beginning in 2008. They found she was included on many campaign email conversations.

In the documents, Swallow's self proclaimed personal assistant said of her, quote -

"...Jessica Fawson would say she knew what happens, referring to the people they would meet and people who would try to give money."

And she "...was very good at running a morally clean campaign, "but that doesn't win".

The documents don't mention any time she was specifically aware of any campaign wrongdoing. But among other things she was emailed receipts of two Delta flights for Shurtleff and Swallow on May 4, 2009, that's the same day Swallow and Shurtleff are accused of convincing inmate Marc Jenson to pay for their first trip to the ritzy Pelican Hill resort in southern California.

Carlson also called Fawson Wednesday to see if she can explain more about how she was involved in some of Swallow's accusations. However she did not immediately return Carlson’s call.

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Follow Brian Carlson on Twitter: @briancarlsontv

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