FSALT LAKE CITY, July 15 (Reuters) – FBI agents arrested two former Utah attorneys general at their homes on Tuesday and charged them pair with felonies stemming from a two-year investigation into claims of bribery and corruption, prosecutors said.
Republicans John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff are accused of establishing a pay-to-play culture in office, and of taking bribes to look the other way or offer protection when donors to their political campaigns ran into legal trouble.
“This has been a complex, nuanced, large investigation and there are multiple players in it,” Salt Lake District Attorney Sim Gill said at a news conference. “We have filed what we think are appropriate charges. We could have filed more.”
Both men deny any wrongdoing. They were booked into Salt Lake County jail and released by midday.
Swallow told reporters outside he would clear his name.
“I absolutely maintain my innocence. I look forward to being able to confront my accusers and to have my day in court,” he said.