Rumors abound as to the possibility that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid participated in a bribery arrangement. Utah businessman Jeremy Johnson supposedly offered Reid a sum payment of $600,000 in order to make a federal investigation into his own Utah company disappear. The deal allegedly involved Utah Attorney General John Swallow acting as a middleman to coax Senator Reid to put the brakes on the investigation.
The Washington Times had the overview:
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.
Senator Reid’s spokeswoman had no comment for the Times on the developing story. Other accusations of ethical misconduct have dogged the Democrat politician, particularly involving real estate deals.