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Tribune • Did you have a meeting with Jeremy at the end of October where he encouraged you to drop out of the attorney general’s race? If so, where was it? What was the nature and outcome of the meeting? Did Mark discuss the issue with you? Did you consider dropping out?*
Swallow • No I did not have a meeting with Mr. Johnson in October or November. Mark Shurtleff has never discussed my dropping out of the race with me and I never considered dropping out of the race. In April or May, I believe, I had a conversation with Jeremy where he may have suggested I drop out of the race. I thought the remark was ridiculous and did not give it any consideration.
Tribune • Have you met with the FBI this year? If so, what was the interview about? If not, have you otherwise been notified that you are under investigation? Have you hired an attorney?
Swallow • I have not met with the FBI this year nor have I been contacted or notified that I am under investigation. I have retained an attorney to investigate and deal with, as necessary, the false and libelous allegations I am hearing that Jeremy Johnson has been making about me and others. It appears these rumors are being spread maliciously and perhaps for political reasons. No one is above the law and any elected official should be willing [to] have authorities and the press ask questions when someone credible raises an issue. If contacted I will cooperate fully and respond to any questions. However, I do not anticipate being contacted.
I can say this emphatically: I have never had a financial arrangement with Mr. Johnson and no money has ever been offered or solicited. I would appreciate it if you would be very careful about this story. Thank you for the questions.
Swallow • Preliminarily, let me restate that I am puzzled by Mr. Johnson. He is extremely intelligent and appears to have a well-conceived plan to divert attention from his problems and draw attention to someone else. I am equally puzzled by your interested [sic] and inquiry, but I am happy to respond to your questions.
Tribune • In your earlier responses you said that you referred Jeremy to a former client. Was that client Richard Rawle? Did you attend any meetings with Richard and Jeremy?
Swallow • Yes it was Richard Rawle. I don’t recall ever being in a meeting with Jeremy and Richard at the same time. I am not sure if you know that Richard passed away last month from cancer.
Tribune • Did you arrange meetings between Jeremy and any other elected officials? If so, who were they? What was the nature of those meetings?
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