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Mailer alleges Utah AG candidate was investigated by feds

“This flier is so outrageous. It’s an absolute lie,” Utah attorney general’s office says of claims.



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"If there’s corruption, we want to find it. We want an objective, transparent look at this," Gill said. "If you call here and make such accusations, then you know what? Be prepared. We’ll pick up the phone [to the FBI] and say, ‘Investigate us, investigate them, investigate everyone else, whoever is involved in this process.’ "

The FBI investigated and, in April 2011, issued a series of subpoenas, ordering several individuals involved to appear before a grand jury. But the grand jury was called off for reasons that are unclear. Carlie Christensen, who was the acting U.S. attorney at the time, would not discuss the case. An FBI spokeswoman said agency policy prohibits confirming or denying the existence of any investigation.

At a glance

Excerpt from the flier:

“It has come to our attention that John Swallow was the subject of an FBI and grand jury investigation recently. It involved an incident in which John Swallow was using government resources to try and force a $4 million contract with Salt Lake County and a company named Worldwide Environmental Products. The investigation found that John had a financial stake in this company and was having the county threatened with lawsuits so he could profit from it. John Swallow could potentially be indicted at any time.”

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