House Speaker Becky Lockhart (Republican, Orem) sent out an email to lawmakers tonight, which included the official call for a House session on July 3 at 10 a.m.
At this session, the House of Representatives will vote on whether to form an investigatory committee to investigate the many troubling allegations of Utah’s Republican Attorney General, John Swallow. This will be the fifth investigation into Swallow, piling on the investigations by the FBI and DOJ, Salt Lake and Davis County Attorneys, Utah Bar Association, and the Lieutenant Governor’s office.
Should lawmakers decide to form the investigatory committee—highly likely as the Democratic members unanimously called the committee several weeks ago, and last week the Republican members voted nearly unanimously to support the formation of the committee—they will also choose what it will look like, and what authority it will have. One of the primary questions remaining is what the makeup of the committee will look like. Will it follow the model of ethics committees and have an equal number of Republicans and Democrats? Or will it follow the model of other committees and reflect the Republican’s super-majority?
The investigatory committee is a few steps down from starting the actual impeachment process against John Swallow, which would have also included a similar investigation. Following the conclusion of the investigation, the committee will not have the power to create an impeachment resolution if they felt impeachment were warranted. However, the full House will be able to use the findings of the committee to consider whether or not to move forward with impeachment.
Here is the copy of the email from Speaker Lockhart to lawmakers:
Over the past week, I have been working with Legislative staff preparing for a House session to create an investigative committee. The proposed committee is the will of the people as expressed through their representatives.
Attached you will find:
• the call for a House rules session on July 3 beginning at 10 a.m.
• H.R. 9001. The resolution outlines details for a committee that will investigate allegations against Utah’s Attorney General. The resolution is sponsored by Rules Committee Chairman Dean Sanpei.
The House Rules Committee will hear the resolution in a public meeting on July 3 at 8 a.m.
I appreciate your willingness to fulfill your duties as an elected representative, especially during the holidays. We’ve taken on a task that will be neither pleasant nor easy. But there is no group of people I trust more to find the facts than the House of Representatives.
Speaker Becky Lockhart
These were the attached items, as provided by the House of Representative’s blog: