GOP Senator: Obama could face impeachment. Sen. Lee sucked into the Swallow case. Shurtleff: I'll be charged -- and cleared.
Happy Thursday. Republicans are angry that President Barack Obama acted to swap five Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay for an American POW, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, without the legally required 30 days notice, and at least one senator says if it happens again, he'll support impeachment. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is worried Obama may try to shut down the military prison camp without congressional approval. "There will be people on our side calling for his impeachment if he did that," Graham said. [TheHill]
Topping the news: Indicted businessman Jeremy Johnson says that he laundered tens of thousands of dollars to Mike Lee's 2010 Senate campaign at the request of John Swallow, according to a new court filing. [Trib]
-> Federal and state agents say they did not mistreat Mark Shurtleff's family when they executed a warrant to search his home; Shurtleff, an attorney and a police consultant disagree and feel the force agents used was unnecessary. [Trib]
-> In an episode of TribTalk, The Tribune's online interview show, Shurtleff said he expects to be charged -- and cleared -- and is disappointed in Swallow. [Trib]
-> Also, a February warrant was unsealed in 3rd District Court regarding the Google email account of an employee who worked for both Shurtleff and Swallow. [DNews]
Tweet of the day: From @KenJennings: "The gov't can't stop you from getting Charlton Heston stamps & the Harvey Milk stamps & putting them on letters together w little hearts."
Happy Birthday: To Taylorsville City Councilman Ernest Burgess.
In other news: The state of Utah is planning to appeal a federal judge's ruling that it must treat all same-sex marriages performed in the state the same as other marriages. [Trib]
-> First Lady Michelle Obama praised efforts spearheaded by Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker to reduce the number of homeless veterans in the community. [Trib]
-> Check out Pat Bagley's cartoon on "groovy" fossil fuels and politicians who literally blow smoke. [Trib]
-> A local film called "Entitled to Life" chronicles the struggles some Utahns face without Medicaid expansion. [Trib]
Nationally: Republican incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., and Chris McDaniel, a tea party candidate, may face a runoff election to determine which candidate moves on after a close call at the polls. [WaPost] [WSJ] [Politico]
-> Videos showing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the recently recovered POW, in poor health allegedly prompted the deal that secured his release. [WSJ]
-> Speaker John Boehner told President Barack Obama in a letter that he wants to see changes made in veterans hospitals in the aftermath of Eric Shinseki's resignation. [NYTimes]
Where are they?
-- Thomas Burr and Courtney Tanner
|1.||Mitt Romney to make his home in Utah|
|2.||Pierce: NFL, BYU prioritize TV viewers over ticket buyers|
|3.||DA says Dillon Taylor officer-involved killing was justified|
|4.||Utah adds a few more fish to the ‘do not eat’ list|
|5.||When it comes to Cougar sports, BYU’s president sure is game|
|6.||Utah Jazz notes: Mixed results in first practice for Exum, Hood|
|7.||In Utah, Mormon chapels are here, there and everywhere|
|8.||Utah Jazz: Trey Burke apologizes for leaked nude photographs|
|9.||Restaurant review: Utah duo takes chance on Korean standbys with contemporary spin|
|10.||Relatives speak about Utah family of five who died|