- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina Republican Party chairman has formally accused Democratic gubernatorial nominee Roy Cooper of violating ethics rules for comments he made about a federal review of state prison contracts.

The GOP said Robin Hayes’ letter dated Tuesday was filed with the North Carolina State Bar. Hayes wants examined what the sitting attorney general said during last week’s debate with Republican Gov. Pat McCrory. A Cooper spokesman calls the letter a “political attack” with “no basis in reality.”

Cooper said McCrory “now has an FBI criminal investigation” based on allegations about a prison contractor, but McCrory responded “there is no FBI investigation.”

McCrory said after the debate he previously spoke to the FBI. The federal prosecutor said the next day it told McCrory’s attorney months ago the case was closed.

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