Officials search homes of former AGs Swallow and Shurtleff

Officials search homes of former AGs Swallow and Shurtleff

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) -- Officials are executing search warrants at the homes of former attorneys general Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow.
Authorities search former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff's house Monday, June 3, 2014.  (Brian Carlson, ABC 4 Utah)
Authorities search former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff's house Monday, June 3, 2014. (Brian Carlson, ABC 4 Utah)
FBI searches former Attorney General John Swallow's house in Sandy, Monday June 2, 2014.   (Brian Carlson, ABC 4 Utah)
FBI searches former Attorney General John Swallow's house in Sandy, Monday June 2, 2014. (Brian Carlson, ABC 4 Utah)
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) -- Officials are executing search warrants at the homes of former attorneys general Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow.

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill, who along with Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings is conducting a separate investigation into the former officials, said search warrants were being served at the houses of both men and were also being served elsewhere, but Gill would not say where those locations were.

In response to a request for comment, the Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed that it and the Department of Public Safety jointly executed state search warrants at "various locations in the Salt Lake City metropolitan area," but declined to provide further details.

Shurtleff also confirmed to ABC 4 Utah that search warrants were being served at his home.

Both of the former attorneys general are under investigation by various agencies after accusations of corruption have sprung up regarding the tenures of both men. Swallow stepped down from the AG post last year, and his office was investigated by a special committee formed by the Utah House of Representatives, which asserted that Swallow had effectively hung a "For Sale" sign on the office door. Both men have maintained that they are innocent of any wrongdoing.

Utah Democratic Party Chair Peter Corroon this statement following reports of the searches:

“Today’s warrants are another step in the 18 month long Swallow/Shurtleff scandal. We applaud the efforts of Sim Gill and Troy Rawlings, who have championed this investigation during a time when agencies ranging from the Department of Justice, the Utah Bar Association, and the Republican leadership of the House investigative task force lacked the will to push on."

"Sim never gives up and he never gives in – he is relentless in the pursuit of justice, and the truth. Utah is lucky to have him on the case.”

ABC 4 Utah will have more on this developing news as more details become available.
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