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Cortez Masto, former NV attorney general, chimes in on Laxalt corruption claim

Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt

U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, a former Nevada Attorney General, has chimed in on the claims of possible ethics violations by current Attorney General Adam Laxalt.

"When Cortez Masto represented the Gaming Control Board in litigation between private parties during her tenure as Attorney General, she was upholding her responsibility as AG to represent the GCB when court decisions had the potential to affect its independent regulatory authority," spokeswoman Sarah Zukowski wrote in an emailed statement.

"In both cases, she worked with the GCB to represent their interests - and not a licensee's - fully within in her capacity as their counsel. Cortez Masto did not act without the GCB or attempt to go beyond the duties required of her office."

Cortez Masto was responding to the following statement, emailed to News 4-Fox 11 by the Attorney General's office:

Nearly every outside independent analyst has recognized how partisan this Legislature has become. Today's news proves the point—Nevada’s democrat politicians will stop at nothing—including twisting and politicizing a routine action that previous attorneys general, including Catherine Cortez Masto, have taken. We look forward to exposing this for what it is: a political attack designed to distract from the Democrats’ radical agenda that harms Nevada's working families.

Nevada lawmakers are calling for a public hearing after the state's top gaming official provided a sworn statement saying that meetings Laxalt held with a Republican political donor and Laxalt's subsequent legal advice may have amounted to corruption.

Democratic Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton calls the information "unsettling" and says it warrants a thorough probe.

READ the gaming official's full statement below:


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