Utah House Votes 69-3 To Investigate Attorney General Swallow

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With a vote of 69-3, the Utah House of Representatives voted this afternoon to officially create a committee to investigate scandal-laden Republican Attorney General John Swallow.

The two hour special House Session has just drawn to a close, with lawmakers furiously debating whether or not to begin the investigation, what the scope of it will be, and the makeup of the committee members.

House Democrats argued that the investigatory committee should be modeled after ethics committees, with an even split of Republicans and Democrats. “The Attorney General represents all Utahns, not just Republicans,” said Representative Brian King (Democrat, SLC). “[this] committee should not be about partisanship.”

Representative Roger Barrus (Republican, Centerville) disagreed. “We are a republic and the public trusts us to work for them. This is an investigation, not a legislative committee.” Representative King’s motion to make the committee an even split failed along party lines.

Over 14 different amendments were offered on the bill, officially titled HR 9001, and the committee will have the authority to investigate anything done by Swallow while he has been the Attorney General, Deputy Attorney General, or a candidate for office. If the committee decides to investigate anything outside of that timeline, which would include the allegations that he took lavish vacations to a California resort and trips on a mega house boat—paid for by people under investigation or possibly coming under investigation—it will require a majority vote by the 9 person committee to expand the scope. The committee will also not be allowed to make recommendations to the House, such as whether or not they think impeachment is warranted, but will only be able to report their findings.

Swallow’s staunchest supporter was Representative Ken Ivory (Republican, West Jordan), who attempted to block or delay the committee’s creation at every opportunity. “We are setting a precedent for the future,” Ivory argued, saying that the House was rushing to create the investigatory committee rather than taking their time to think things through. “This is an assault on our constitutional process.”

Another big moment in the debate came when Representative Larry Wiley (Democrat, West Valley) tried to pass an amendment that limited the makeup of the committee to no more than five members from a single party. The amendment ultimately failed, which leaves the decision of the committee’s nine member makeup to House Speaker Becky Lockhart (Republican, Provo).

The committee has 18 months to complete their investigation, afterwhich the full House will reconvene to consider next steps. If the House votes to impeach John Swallow, the process would then move to the Senate where the Senators will conduct a trial to determine if the Republican Attorney General should be removed from office.

HR9001 passed the full House with only token opposition, 69-3. The three Representatives voting against were Ken Ivory (Republican, West Jordan), Curt Oda (Republican, Clearfield) and Jim Nielson (Republican, Bountiful).



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3 comments for “Utah House Votes 69-3 To Investigate Attorney General Swallow

  1. Russ Lauber
    July 3, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Jim Nielson…your lack of perspective and cronyism is showing…your constituents will remember this, and your next election WILL be heartily and vigorously challenged: you are NOT invulnerable!

  2. Ryan Darby
    July 4, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Something tells me that Ken Ivory has some finanical or political interest in blocking the investigation of Swallow. He needs to be kicked out of office in the next election.

  3. L. Louis Lancaster
    July 5, 2013 at 11:05 am

    “Swallow’s staunchest supporter was Representative Ken Ivory (Republican, West Jordan), who attempted to block or delay the committee’s creation at every opportunity. “We are setting a precedent for the future,” Ivory argued, saying that the House was rushing to create the investigatory committee rather than taking their time to think things through. “This is an assault on our constitutional process.”

    Squire Ivory complains about the House rushing this investigation? Considering UT’s Theoslators legislative history his comment flies in the face of reality. That august body adjusts its speed according to whether an issue at hand is in the best interests of the Squires and/or Cronies, or those their Constituency. They go damn the torpedoes for the former and go into slug speed when for the latter’s Best Interests.

    If he would claim that this is an assault on the Constitutional process what would he call the Theoslator’s behavior when they ignored the polls showing the overwhelming opinions of that Public whose Best Interests is the Prime Directive in their job description?

    Not until major media picked up the banner and exposed those Theoslators sans clothes to larger audiences and basically shaming them into doing the right thing by their employers the citizens, not cronies, of Utah. By the way what is a constitutional process? The big C constitution lays out the rules governing the legislative, electoral, impeachment and amending the Constitution processes.

    I’m thinking that Squire Ivory suffers constitution illiteracy. It has been revealed, quite recently, that the Squires von ALEC occupying the House suffer same too. Else they believe that fact or fiction their tea addled constituency are to lazy to think for themselves and question authority. And rightly so apparently due the fact that the voters never demand accountability as is their perfect right and duty to due exactly that. If they did the Squires von ALEC wouldn’t be wasting the People’s monies and Congress’s man hours on inserting Sharia based laws and moralities by ignoring women’s sovereignty over their bodies and assuming that authority. Nor would they deny full citizenship to a targeted minority based on claims not supported by the original Greek and Hebrew text comprising their Bible.

    Those that elected them would instead and rightly demand them to stick to their original commissions to conduct the People’s Business and protect the People’s Best Interests. Currently that would mean doing what it takes to restore and create more jobs with wages essential to grow the economy.

    Especially considering that they are violating the 1st amendment rights of Christians who take me buddy Jesus’ teachings as their authority and not what some self-annointed religious leader tells them Jesus “really meant” they are liars of the worse kind. But hey it is the taxpayer’s monies right?

    Poetic justice is coming when these Strategic Level Spirit Warriors of the New Apostolic Reformation are sued by Christians whose 1st amendment rights are being violated. Gee they might actually finding themselves struggling to be self-supporting, these minions of the Anti-Christ paving the way for its arrival. They will have hell to pay after they die if there really is a heaven and hell.

    But whilst their remain in the temporal plane they need to evicted from Congress and Statehouses and repay what they’ve spent in their Christian Dominion Crusade; including interest and punitive damages out of pocket and not the amoral govt. subsidies they extort from the People under penalty of law.

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