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Utah republicans meet to review Swallow investigation, ethical issues

By Marjorie Cortez and | Posted - Feb 16th, 2013 @ 6:05pm

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NEPHI — With or without Utah Attorney John Swallow present, the state Republican party discussed his case and its effect on the party Saturday.

At the state Republican Party's Central Committee, Utah GOP Chairman Thomas Wright said a criminal investigation should take place, determining whether Swallow's conduct raises ethical issues that the party needs to address.

He referred to the meeting that St. George businessman Jeremy Johnson secretly recorded between himself and Swallow during which the men discussed paying Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to derail a Federal Trade Commission investigation into Johnson's business.

Wright said possible reforms could make clear that a candidate could not hold a private meeting.

Swallow's outside consulting work while serving as chief deputy attorney general has come under fire in the wake of allegations made against him by Johnson, who has been indicted on federal charges.

Wright, following the meeting, said committee members "wanted to wait and see" what the investigations unfold "before making any decisions."

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