Republican challenger in Nevada Senate race refuses to back FBI, calls it ‘far too political’

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HENDERSON, Nev. — Adam Laxalt teed off on Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, his Democratic opponent in Nevada’s Senate race, at a campaign event here Wednesday, accusing her of failing to stand behind law enforcement in 2020 after a George Floyd protest turned violent.

But after the event, Laxalt, a Republican who was once Nevada’s top law enforcement official, refused to support the FBI.

“The FBI is far too political right now, and we need to do something to take the polarization out of that,” Laxalt said in a response to a question from NBC News. “We just can’t afford to have our top law enforcement agency that politicized.”

The FBI has increasingly come under attack from Republicans after last month’s seizure of government documents, some of them classified, from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

Laxalt, the state’s former attorney general, who is now…

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