Listen to 10 key moments in Johnson's secret John Swallow recordings

Published May 16, 2014 5:11 pm

Investigation • Hear the businessman talk with — and about — Utah's past two attorneys general.
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Indicted businessman Jeremy Johnson, it seems, secretly recorded everything.

Or at least a lot — including encounters with Utah's two former attorneys general, both of whom now find themselves under criminal investigation.

These 10 short excerpts reveal key moments from hours of recordings obtained by The Salt Lake Tribune:

In their now-infamous http://local.sltrib.com/charts/morejj/jsjj1.mp3"> April 30, 2012, meeting at an Orem Krispy Kreme shop — Johnson and John Swallow, who would become attorney general and later resign, discuss ways to communicate that are harder to track,

a subject they return to toward the end of their hourlong conversation.

In these three exchanges, http://local.sltrib.com/charts/morejj/threeinone.mp3">Johnson and Swallow discuss what — and whom — the feds may be investigating, with Swallow worrying that he's a target.

Here, http://local.sltrib.com/charts/morejj/jsjj5.mp3">Swallow wonders about what kind of paper trail he has left.

A special Utah House committee later concluded that he fabricated documents and destroyed evidence as part of a frenzied scheme to cover up inappropriate and politically damaging ties.

In this exchange, http://local.sltrib.com/charts/morejj/jsjj6.mp3">the two worry how Swallow's role in helping Johnson fight a Federal Trade Commission probe may look to investigators.

In October 2012, Johnson met with then-Attorney General Mark Shurtleff about his proposed plea deal with federal prosecutors to resolve the St. George businessman's I Works criminal case. In this excerpt, http://local.sltrib.com/charts/jj/Johnson13.mp3">the two discuss the prospect of Swallow being indicted after the election.

On Jan. 11, 2013, Johnson's proposed plea deal unraveled in federal court. Here, http://local.sltrib.com/charts/jeremystuff/jj10.mp3">he asks prosecutors, including Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Lunnen, if offering evidence about Swallow would help in the negotiations to resolve Johnson's criminal case.

In this pair of exchanges, http://local.sltrib.com/charts/morejj/deuce.mp3">Johnson, his then-attorney Nathan Crane, Lunnen and two other federal prosecutors, Brent Ward and Phil Viti, work to salvage a plea deal and discuss how it might or might not shield others, including Swallow, from prosecution in regards to I Works.