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Impartiality of Swallow’s potential prosecutors questioned
Investigation » Gill, Rawlings counter that charges must be approved by a panel of A.G. supporters.


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"We are keenly aware that any decisions we make about this matter will be attacked and questioned," Rawlings wrote. "Obviously we want the process and decisions [to] be fair, objective and impartial. The general public must see that both process and outcome, no matter what direction the case goes, were not motivated by a skewed agenda."

Several county attorneys have agreed to participate, but Gill and Rawlings declined to name them.

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Rawlings said the prosecution team — which includes the FBI and investigators from the Utah Department of Public Safety — would base their decisions on the evidence.

"We will perform our sworn duty despite public-relations campaigns," Rawlings said in a statement. "The primary investigative agencies, the FBI and DPS, are not rowing oars as a result of tweets."

Gill said despite "cynicism," he and Rawlings would not "abdicate our responsibility to hold officials accountable."

"We’re public prosecutors first, and we recognize our responsibility and the public trust that adheres to this responsibility," Gill said. "That is why we have taken the steps we have taken to ensure the integrity of that process, and we will continue to do so."

The letter also sheds additional light on the investigation. As of July, Rawlings wrote that there were 10 sections of criminal code that may be applicable to the matters they were examining.

And the prosecutors were looking to the Utah House probe of Swallow to turn up additional information, although there were concerns about the statute of limitations lapsing on some matters.

The special House investigative committee issued two sweeping subpoenas to Swallow and the attorney general’s office Thursday — the first the panel has sent. The move came even as some House members, in light of the DOJ decision not to prosecute, are urging that the committee shut down its probe.

gehrke@sltrib.comTwitter: @RobertGehrke


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