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Eye On Boise

Moss backs Labrador, calls ad ‘unfair’

Former U.S. Attorney for Idaho Tom Moss has come out with a statement backing Raul Labrador's handling of a 2001 federal drug case, and calling Walt Minnick's new campaign ad "unfair." Moss, a Republican, served as U.S. Attorney from August 2001 to June of 2010. Here's his statement:

“I am speaking in my personal capacity and not on behalf of the US Attorney’s office or the Department of Justice.  My personal opinion after a review of the matter is that Mr. Labrador did nothing illegal or unethical. He was simply representing his client within the law and according to court procedures as allowed at that time, as I would expect any competent attorney to do. In my personal opinion the television ad is unfair in that it distorts the facts in a prejudicial manner.”

John Foster, Minnick's campaign spokesman, issued this response: "Mr. Moss was a political appointee who was not directly involved in this case. As the record makes clear, the assistant U.S. attorney involved had a very different view at the time than the one Mr. Moss holds now."

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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