Instead, the GOP caucus chose to launch yet another investigation into allegations of wrongdoing by Swallow. This latest investigation comes on the heels of federal, state and county investigations against the Attorney General.
"There is a concern of public trust confidence and respect in the attorney general's ability to execute," Rep. Brad Wilson told members of the GOP caucus.
Wilson offered a motion to begin an investigation instead of starting the impeachment process.
"We need more information," he says.
For nearly three hours the GOP caucus debated the pros and cons of an impeachment. They learned that the legislature has the right to impeach even without a criminal conviction.
"We are shirking our constitutional duties," says Rep. Spencer Cox of Fairview. "He is on tape (secret recordings) and that's disturbing."
But a majority of GOP lawmakers weren't ready to take the drastic step of impeaching the Attorney General.
"I'm not ready to impeach," Rep. Jake Anderegg of Salt Lake told members of the GOP.
A House Democrat who drafted a resolution to impeach says the investigation is okay with him.
"The democrats from the outset said we need to move forward with an investigation or an impeachment," says Rep. Brian King a democrat from Salt Lake. "I think this is a positive step."
Afterwards, the Attorney General told reporters that he was pleased lawmakers resisted impeachment and welcomed the investigation.
"I really believe the legislature got it right," Swallow says. "I look forward to answering question and restoring trust."
The House investigative committee will issue subpoenas and question witnesses and will report their findings to the House. Following that, the house will again debate whether an impeachment is warranted or to drop the case. The Speaker of the House Becky Lockhart of Provo says she plans on gathering lawmakers before their next interim session.