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Lt. Governor Will Take No Further Action Against Resigned A.G. Swallow

AFTER HIS OFFICE CLOSED ITS INVESTIGATION -- OF STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL JOHN SWALLOW -- UTAH LT. GOVERNOR SPENCER COX ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY, THERE IS NO REASON TO PURSUE ADDITIONAL ACTION...BECAUSE THE MOST HIS OFFICE CAN DO -- UNDER STATE STATUTE -- IS TO REMOVE AN ELECTED OFFICIAL FROM OFFICE.

THAT OPTION BECAME MUTE, WHEN SWALLOW ANNOUNCED HIS RESIGNATION, LAST WEEK.

INSTEAD, THE LT. GOVERNOR'S OFFICE WILL PROVIDE THE FINDINGS -- OF ITS INVESTIGATION, INTO CAMPAIGN DISCLOSURE VIOLATIONS -- TO THE SALT LAKE AND DAVIS COUNTY ATTORNEYS, TO SCREEN FOR POSSIBLE CRIMINAL CHARGES.

COX ALSO ADDED, THERE IS NO PROVISION -- IN STATE STATUTE -- TO ALLOW FOR A SPECIAL ELECTION, TO REPLACE SWALLOW, AS MANY UTAH DEMOCRATS HAVE DEMANDED.

HE SAYS, IF THERE WAS, SUCH AN ELECTION WOULD COST UTAH TAXPAYERS ABOUT 3-MILLION DOLLARS...AND LIKELY NOT BE COMPLETED MUCH BEFORE NEXT NOVEMBER, WHICH IS WHEN THE REGULAR A-G REPLACEMENT ELECTION WILL BE HELD.

 

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