The formal legislative investigation into the ethical and, perhaps, criminal wrongdoing alleged to have been committed by Attorney General John Swallow got off to a sound start Wednesday when the House Republican caucus debated the issue openly and in a way that allowed most members to have their unfettered say in the matter.
The day's events put the lie to the argument that used to prevail in the House, and that still rules in the Utah Senate, that only closed caucuses allow a free debate on important matters. Wednesday, House Speaker Becky Lockhart and her GOP colleagues publicly hashed out a responsible course of action to be ratified by the full House as soon as July 3.
The House will not, yet, launch a formal impeachment proceeding. But it will create a special, bipartisan committee, with power to subpoena documents and witnesses, listen to sworn testimony and have the means to hire investigators and/or attorneys to help them with their delicate task.