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House Speaker to decide on possible conflict in Swallow investigation

By Richard Piatt | Posted - Jul. 22, 2013 at 8:22 p.m.

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SALT LAKE CITY — It could be just a mild bump in the road for the special committee assigned to investigate Attorney General John Swallow: The Speaker of the House will decide this week whether the chairman has a conflict of interest, or whether he can continue that work.

The question came up last week because the chairman Lowry Snow's law firm has done work for a potential key witness in the case. Monday, KSL learned that Swallow's attorney doesn't have any problem with Snow continuing on as the head of that committee.

House speaker Rebecca Lockhart and Rep. Lowry Snow, R-Santa Clara, met briefly at the Capitol Monday. She will decide in the next two days if he will continue as chairman of the Swallow investigative committee.

The question came up the day after Snow was named as chairman last week. Snow has said he doesn't believe a problem exists and his focus as chairman is clear.

"Our job is to find out those facts so that we not only satisfy our duty to the house, but also to the citizens of Utah," he said.

Swallow's attorney, Rod Snow, who is unrelated, has said in the past that he is concerned about how far back in time the committee will go in its investigation.

nevertheless, he seemed less concerned with the chairman's potential conflict of interest. In an email, he told KSL he doesn't see the firm's representation as presenting a disqualifying conflict.

The focus now will return to the committee's first meeting, which was set for Aug. 6.

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