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Labrador clashes with Breitbart reporter

Idaho Rep. Raul  Labrador is in an escalating battle with a reporter for Breitbart News, Politico reports today, with the congressman calling the reporter “not truthful” and the news outlet calling the congressman a “liar.”

At the monthly "Conversations with Conservatives” session that Labrador and other House conservatives hold with reporters in Washington, D.C., Breitbart reporter Julia Hahn asked the various members of congress assembled to raise their hands if they would be "willing to support a suspension or reduction in Muslim immigration." Some raised their hands, and as Hahn tried to ask a question of those who did not, Labrador interrupted, Politico reported. "I don't answer questions from you because you are not a truthful reporter and I will not answer any of your questions,” Labrador said. “So let's move on to somebody else."

Breitbart chairman Stephen K. Bannon said told Politico, “In fact HE is the liar! Breitbart News will not back down and we stand by Julia's reporting 120%." You can read the Politico report on the spat here.

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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