Harry Reid implicated in bribery scandal

Embattled St. George businessman Jeremy Johnson says new Utah Attorney General John Swallow helped broker a deal in 2010 in which Johnson believed he was to pay Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid $600,000 to make a federal investigation into Johnson’s company go away.

But when the federal government filed a lawsuit Johnson thought he had paid to quash, he demanded Swallow return some of the $250,000 initial payment. Then, just days before the Nov. 6 election, Johnson engaged in a frenetic but unsuccessful effort to get Swallow to drop out of the race, saying information about what Johnson called a “bribe” would come out and force the Republican’s resignation if he became attorney general.

Johnson’s allegations come less than a week after Swallow took the oath of office. Federal agents have interviewed several Utahns about Johnson’s relationship with Swallow, among other issues, according to those interviewed. The FBI would not comment.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • the Fighting Czech

    hmmmm, A republican States Attorney General, Brokering a bribe for a Democrat Senator…. Is this an example of the kind of “reaching across the Aisle” to work together….we should expect?

  • lisalisalisa7

    There is only one party in Washington. The crony capitalist party.

  • LastBestHope


    Plz Plz Plz….let Harry’s gruby little hands be all over this crime. Let him be forced to resign and driven from the Senate by a chorus of condemnation from a gallery full of angry Americans calling out his shame.

    And then let the Senate do their Constitutional duty and pass a budget.


    • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

      Harry’s been feathering his nest at the public’s expense for so long, he probably can’t tell the difference anymore.

      • LastBestHope

        He’s made lots of enemies. Maybe some of them in NV believe pay back time is now.
        Is there any doubt the man is dirty?

        • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

          After all his shady real estate deals? No. No doubts.

  • LastBestHope

    UPDATED: Story page 1 on DRUDGE.
    now Everyone has the news

  • budweiser

    ya!!! bill clinton didn’t have sex with monica either!!!!

    • LastBestHope

      She was just a troubled young girl who needed who needed the name of a good Dry Cleaners.