Disputed Attack Ad Slams Missouri Attorney General Candidate

Jul 12, 2016

Kurt Schaefer (file photo)
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An ad by a Missouri attorney general candidate that's drawing criticism accuses fellow Republican contender Josh Hawley of working for terrorists. 

GOP Senator Kurt Schaefer's latest ad cites Hawley's work at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. Hawley and other Becket Fund lawyers represented Mujahedeen-e-Khalq in its efforts to get off the U.S. list of terrorist organizations, which occurred in 2012.

The group carried out a series of bombings and assassinations against Iran's clerical regime in the 1980s and fought alongside Saddam Hussein's forces in the Iran-Iraq war, but renounced violence in 2001.

Former U.S. attorneys general and other former officials criticized Schaefer's ad and say it's misleading.