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Reid to ask Congress for probe of FLDS



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A prominent senator is going before Congress to ask for support of a crackdown on polygamists.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is going before the Judiciary Committee next week, where he'll ask for a federal criminal investigation into the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints sect.

A staffer for Reid says the senator believes the feds could better help protect women and children. So, on July 24, Reid will make his case.

His office has already contacted people like activist and former FLDS member Carolyn Jessop to testify.

(AP photo)
(AP photo)

Attorney and FLDS spokesman Rod Parker says he's a little surprised that Reid would not invite them. He says, "What he is doing is, he's giving a platform to people who spread this hate speech about the FLDS, who either are not informed, or are deliberately lying about."

Parker says followers would testify if asked.

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