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Former Justice Jones on Russia: ‘The time has come for Republicans to stand up for their country’

Jim Jones
Jim Jones

Former Idaho Supreme Court Chief Justice Jim Jones is speaking out about Russia, questioning why the Republican Party that he knew as forcefully anti-USSR in the 1960s seems to have changed its views. “If we let the Russians get away with their blatant interference with America’s sacred election process, they will do it again,” Jones warns in a new op-ed piece.

In the article, headlined “The time has come for Republicans to stand up for their country,” Jones writes, “It is essential that an independent commission, like the 9-11 Commission, or a special prosecutor be appointed to conduct a thorough investigation into what the Russians did, how they did it, and whether there was any involvement by U.S. citizens. We must learn all we can about Russia’s cyber capabilities and how to combat them.”

“We need to demand that the Idaho Congressional delegation stand up for America, rather than standing idly by while Putin tries to tear down the American dream,” he concludes; you can read the full article here.

Jones was twice elected Idaho Attorney General as a Republican before becoming a nonpartisan justice on the Idaho Supreme Court, where he served for 12 years before retiring this year.

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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