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"The subpoena helps delineate or refine what particular items the committee would like to look at," Dunnigan said, "so rather than just say, ‘What do you have?’ this sets it out that this is what the committee would like to look at and please provide these items."
The demand comes as some House members have begun to question the necessity of the investigation in the wake of the decision by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section not to file charges against Swallow or Shurtleff.
In a guest column in The Salt Lake Tribune earlier this week, Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, and six other House members said the probe should be put on hold so the House can better define what investigators are looking for and perhaps wait for other pending inquiries to run their course.
Two county attorneys are continuing to work with the FBI to determine if Swallow broke any state laws. In addition, the lieutenant governor’s office has issued subpoenas as part of an investigation into whether the Republican attorney general violated campaign-disclosure laws. And two misconduct complaints have been filed with the Utah State Bar.
Swallow, who took office in January, denies wrongdoing.
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