SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The FBI is playing an ongoing role in local investigations of Utah Attorney General John Swallow, an agency official has confirmed.
FBI agent Todd Palmer said his agency is still working with local investigators after the U.S. Department of Justice last week closed a federal bribery probe.
The local investigation, headed up by Salt Lake County Attorney Sim Gill and Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings, is looking into any potential violations of state laws by Swallow's office.
Swallow has been surrounded by allegations of misconduct since shortly after he assumed office in January, including accusations he arranged a plot to bribe U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Reid and Swallow denied the allegations, which were made by indicted businessman Jeremy Johnson.
Johnson is accused of running a $350 million Internet scheme and is facing dozens of federal fraud charges.
Swallow, a Republican, was able to shrug off some of the accusations Sept. 12 when the U.S. Department of Justice told Swallow's personal attorney that they had shuttered their investigation and no charges were pending.
Former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, who has been linked to some of the claims against Swallow, received similar news from his attorney.
Palmer confirmed the FBI's ongoing role on Friday but would not offer further details.
When asked about the FBI's role Friday, Gill said he sometimes asks outside law enforcement agencies to help out cases his office is investigating.
Gill wouldn't offer further details on the FBI's role or the scope of his investigation.
University of Utah law professor Paul Cassell told the Deseret News that it is unusual for a federal agency to work on state charges.
Cassell, a former federal judge and assistant U.S. attorney, said it's possible the FBI is sharing findings from the federal investigation so local agencies can avoid duplicating work.
"When you look at it through an administrative lens, it makes sense," Cassell said.
In addition to the county attorneys' probe, the state elections office is investigating accusations that Swallow violated campaign laws by failing to disclose several business interests last year.
The Republican-controlled Utah House of Representatives has also launched a fact-finding mission into the allegations, which could lead to impeachment.
That investigation may cost as much as $3 million, and legislative attorneys say it may be several months before they call any witnesses.
Swallow maintains that the other allegations made against him are baseless, and he has repeatedly said he expects his name will be cleared by all the investigations.