UPDATE:::: 12h 20m HST:::: A full list of the charges.
The Salt Lake City Tribune is reporting breaking news that former Utah Attorney General John Swallow who was a delegate at the 2012 Republican National Convention supporting Mitt Romney and former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff have both been arrested as a result of a criminal bribery probe by the FBI. Swallow resigned after less than a year in office after a series of investigations by state and federal officials into bribery. Shurtleff, who served as Utah AG from 2001 and 2013 has been accused of taking considerations to affect his prosecutorial decisions.
Swallow posted on his website prior to becoming Utah Attorney General a statement of support for GOP candidate Mitt Romney:
We need to make Barack Obama a one-term President, which is why I endorse Mitt Romney for President of the United States. I appreciate the chance to be a National Delegate and one of six Electors for our state this year, and I pledge my vote to Mitt Romney. I supported Mitt four years ago, and I will support him again. Mitt is the qualified leader who is ready to stand toe-to-toe against Obama in November and win. We need a strong Republican in the White House who has an understanding of Utah’s need and right to reclaim our public lands, create more jobs and better-fund education. Mitt and I see eye-to-eye on several issues – most importantly that we must defeat Obamacare and return power to the states. As a former governor, he knows the importance of state sovereignty. With Mitt Romney in the White House and a proven conservative in the Utah Attorney General’s Office, Utah stands a fighting chance to reclaim our lands. It will take a strong partnership between Utah and D.C to correct the lengthy history of violations of our state sovereignty, especially regarding access to our land. As you are well aware, the Obama administration has actively pursued an agenda that has sought to strip Utahns of their voice and freedoms. They prefer having someone in Washington dictate land policies and mandate the purchase of health insurance in a one-size-fits-all government. Their actions are not only unconstitutional, but they have led to bigger government, larger deficits and a weaker economy. Mitt is in a unique position, with the right background and experience, to further Utah’s ability to responsibly unlock our vast reserves of energy, lessen our dependence on foreign oil, create jobs, and allow for recreation. His Utah ties give him a unique perspective and understanding of our state’s ability to lead on the issues most important to us. As we move forward in this election year, I cannot stress to you enough the value to Utah of having a sure ally like Mitt Romney in the White House. When Mitt is elected, Utah will stand a better chance, with this powerful partnership, of returning control of our lands to Utahns themselves. This election could very well be the most important of our lifetimes. I hope that you will join me in supporting Mitt Romney for President. With his leadership and our commitment to conservative ideals, we will be well-equipped to fight for Utah’s values.
The SLC Trib report cites booking documents for Swallow detailing the charges. Swallow faces felony bribery charges, making false statements, misusing public monies and evidence tampering. The charges against Shurtleff have yet to be released. However, sources in Utah state the charges may be related to the bribery case of Marc Sessions Jenson
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