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Utah AG John Swallow defends his character

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Tensions increase on Utah’s Capitol Hill as Governor Gary Herbert says he would fire Attorney General John Swallow if he worked in his office.
“It's never easy to be a victim of false accusations and so I feel like I can relate to people who have been maliciously and falsely charged,” -John Swallow
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Tensions increase on Utah’s Capitol Hill as Governor Gary Herbert says he would fire Attorney General John Swallow if he worked in his office.

Herbert said, “…if he worked for me before, with all that is coming out, he wouldn’t be working for me today.”

ABC 4 Utah’s Noah Bond sat down with Swallow to get his reaction.  “The Governor can hire and fire who he likes on his staff and I have the same right with my staff.  I was elected by the people and certainly I understand his frustrations,” Swallow said.

Frustrations are apparently brewing as the Salt Lake Tribune continues to call for Swallow to resign.  Bond took this opportunity to ask Swallow about specific allegations, "Are you guilty of bribing a U.S. Senator?"

“Absolutely not, and I don't believe anyone believes that's really true.  Even the person who make the accusation has come back and said that's not true.  At the end of the day Senator Harry Reid would never be involved with a Republican from Utah,” Swallow replied.

Swallow is also accused of violating campaign laws, but he emphatically says he is innocent and will be cleared of all allegations.

“It's never easy to be a victim of false accusations and so I feel like I can relate to people who have been maliciously and falsely charged,” Swallow said.

Swallow says his office is functioning.  He’s taking on the Federal Government and locking up criminals.  He is asking for the public to be patient because he says the facts are on his side.

“I want to make sure we take the time to get to the bottom of things and I'm concerned that when we do people will know that I'm innocent,” Swallow said.

Swallow says the Federal investigations into allegations of his misconduct could be complete in one or two months.

ABC 4 Utah will post Bond’s entire interview with Swallow with this online story.




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