Report: Utah AG could be cleared by feds soon

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Aug 27, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY (Legal Newsline) -- A federal investigation into embattled Utah Attorney General John Swallow could wrap up as early as this week, with no charges being brought against the state's top lawyer.

Swallow's attorney, Rod Snow, told Utah Political Capitol Thursday that he has been in contact with the U.S. Department of Justice, which has been working in coordination with the FBI, throughout the investigation.

Though he's not been given a specific timeline, Snow told the publication he could receive a "clearance letter" this week.

Since taking office in January, Swallow, a Republican, has been accused of various ethics and election law violations.

Currently, he is being investigated by the state House of Representatives, the Utah Bar Association, the Lieutenant Governor's Office and the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office, in addition to the DOJ and FBI.

The attorney general has maintained he has done nothing wrong, and has refused to step down.

He also claims that state lawmakers don't have the authority to impeach him -- which still remains a possibility.

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