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Republican challenger in Nevada Senate race refuses to endorse FBI, calls it ‘too political’

HENDERSON, Nev. — Adam Laxalt slammed Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, his Democratic opponent in the Nevada Senate race, at a campaign event here Wednesday, accusing her of not backing police in 2020 after a George Floyd protest broke out. turn violent.

But after the event, Laxalt, a Republican who was once Nevada’s top law enforcement official, refused to endorse the FBI.

“The FBI is too political right now, and we need to do something to de-polarize that,” Laxalt said in response to a question from NBC News. “We simply cannot afford to have our main law enforcement agency so politicized.”

The FBI has come under increasing attack from Republicans after last month’s seizure of government documents, some of them classified, from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

Laxalt, the former state attorney general, who is now locked in a margin of error race with Cortez Masto, tweeted last month that the FBI’s actions in Florida were “just another example of the growing use of weapons from our federal agencies by the left.”

“As of November 8, this power grab will come to an end,” he added, referring to election day.

Laxalt made her most recent comments after a campaign event with Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor who was a UN ambassador in the Trump administration. Both Haley and Laxalt launched attacks against Cortez Masto and highlighted law enforcement’s backing of Laxalt, who said that “95% of the police in this state are supporting me.”

Speaking at DragonRidge Country Club, Laxalt told supporters that Cortez Masto should have spoken out against the violence in Las Vegas after a local officer was injured two years ago during protests over police violence against black Americans.

“She could have taken the microphone and said, ‘Enough. Not in our city. We will not tolerate violence and we stand with our police,’” Laxalt said.

Cortez Masto campaign spokesman Josh Marcus-Blank said in an emailed statement that Laxalt “attacked federal law enforcement” and “sided with insurgents who went after Capitol Police.” “.

laxalto he told the Associated Press in a statement this year that he believes the “very few” who broke the laws on January 6, 2021 should be prosecuted.

More than 850 people have been charged in connection with the January 6 attack and more than 350 have pleaded guilty.


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