I have mixed emotions about today.
I am sad that John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff are in the situation they find themselves in.
You don't wish this on anyone. Everyone makes mistakes. No one is perfect. We all have strengths and weaknesses.
Under our laws, someone is innocent until proven guilty.
I am glad for Utah today for several reasons.
One, that the Utah Legislature, the Lt. Governor and the team of the Salt Lake and Davis County District Attorneys, FBI, and Utah State Department of Public Safety, all felt like there was enough concern raised in the accusations, investigated and did not to sweep this under the rug.
Two, I believed, and still do, that the Utah House needed to investigate Mr. Swallow. I was even in the Majority Caucus Room when the House Republican Caucus met to decide if there was enough support to do this. There were less than a dozen seats remaining in the room for the press and public, and I made sure I was there. Based on their report, and the charges filed today, I believe that was the correct decision then and I believe filing the charges was today.
Past posts on this subject:
I am a member of the Utah Republican State Center Committee and voted to recommend 3 nominees for the office of A.G. for the Governor.
I have personally met with the current A.G., Sean Reyes, and believe he would prosecute someone violating state laws, no matter how high up they are in government, or having fame or fortune.We are in good hands there.