As members of the Utah House of Representatives, our power originates with the people. As a body, it is our responsibility to be the intermediaries of a continual public process that holds the interests of our constituents above all else. As members of the legislative branch of our government, we have the constitutional authority and responsibility to hold fellow elected officials accountable.
It is for these reasons, and for others that have become increasingly apparent in recent weeks, that our caucus has determined it is time for the Utah House of Representatives to initiate an investigation regarding the alleged ethical indiscretions of John Swallow, prior to and after his election as Utah's attorney general.
As members of the House Democratic Caucus, we believe the body should take one of two courses of action: 1) Appoint a special investigative committee to review and evaluate the allegations against the attorney general to determine if impeachment proceedings should commence, or 2) formally begin impeachment proceedings by appointing a special impeachment committee to investigate and make recommendations to the House as a whole.