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County commissioner supports Lt. Gov. Bell
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FARMINGTON — Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings confirmed this week that his office is working with the FBI to investigate Utah Lt. Gov. Greg Bell.

But that’s about all he could say.

The attorney has been fielding calls all week from local and national reporters.

The investigation came to light in a series of articles published in the City Weekly in Salt Lake City. The newspaper told about how Bell had ordered an audit of the Division of Child and Family Services after a friend from church complained.

In January, Palmer DePaulis resigned over the issue, according to a letter to the governor that has since been made public. He feared retribution from Bell’s office.

“My motivation was not to tilt the outcome, and this review did not do so,” Bell later wrote in a statement to the press. “I stand behind my actions.”

Before being appointed lieutenant governor, Bell was mayor of Farmington.

“I know Greg well and I can tell you that nothing about any of this is in the character of Greg Bell,” Petroff said. “I’ll support him forever.”

Rawlings said there are new developments daily. There is a lot the public doesn’t know, he said.

“City Weekly only knows about 10 percent С their in-depth stories are pretty accurate about what they do know,” Rawlings said. “They’re doing good journalism, but I wish I wouldn’t have had to send the letter to them.”

No charges have been filed and Rawlings does not know when that might occur.

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