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Fact check: Another attack ad in Mo Attorney General’s race

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Fact check in ad run by State Senator Kurt Schaefer against Josh Hawley in the GOP primary for Missouri Attorney General (Credit: KMOV) Fact check in ad run by State Senator Kurt Schaefer against Josh Hawley in the GOP primary for Missouri Attorney General (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – News 4’s Matt Sczesny looked into what is true and what is false in an attack ad being run by State Senator Kurt Schafer against Josh Hawley in the GOP primary for Missouri Attorney General.

The race among the two republicans has been a heated one that has included accusations from Schaefer’s campaign that Hawley worked for the People’s Mujahedin of Iran.

A look into the 2010 document filed by the U.S. Court of Appeals on behalf of the Mujahedin shows this to be true. Also, the group did kill U.S. soldiers and civilians during its violent days in Iran in the 1970’s and also supported the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.

However, the lawsuit came years later and succeeded in having the organization removed from the secretary of state’s terror list, as part of a movement to prop the group up as a government in waiting in Iran, after they rejected violence and gave up committing terrorist acts.

The ad also states, “Condoleezza Rice called them terrorists, Josh Hawley called them clients.”

Both statements were found to be true, except Rice made her statement in 2009. By the time the statement was made, the Mujahedin had already started winning over supporters in Washington, and by the time Hawley took their case in 2011 many were convinced the group’s violent days were over.

In conclusion, while there is some truth to the ad, it seems some of the facts are taken out of context, making it misleading.

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