Feds Investigating Allegations Against Utah’s Attorney General

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Utah has confirmed to the Associated Press that it and the FBI are investigating allegations made against new Utah Attorney General John Swallow (R). 

The allegations came to light last week, when an indicted businessman went public with an accusation that Swallow helped broker a 2010 deal to pay Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hundreds of thousands of dollars to quash a federal investigation. (Reid’s office has denied any connection between the Senator and the businessman making the claim.) According to the AP, Swallow himself asked the U.S. Attorney’s Office to investigate the allegations. 

From the AP:

The U.S. Attorney’s Office does not usually reveal what they are investigating, but spokeswoman Melodie Rydalch says in a statement Friday that they are confirming the probe because of “the extraordinary public interest” in the case.

Rydalch says they will adhere to the facts and law and will not comment any further on the matter.

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