34 Legislators call for removal of political prosecutor Gene Jarussi

HELENA – Nearly three-dozen Montana Republicans asked the Commissioner of Political Practices to remove Gene Jarussi as a special attorney general, saying he has been active in liberal causes and donated money to Democratic candidates.

“This action is required to restore public trust in our political practices system,” the 34 GOP members of the state Legislature wrote in an April 18 letter to Jeff Mangan.

They said then-COPP chief Jonathan Motl’s decision to appoint Jarussi and law partner John Heenan as special attorneys general, was “highly controversial given their past activism in liberal causes and heavy financial support of Democrat candidates for public office.”

Jarussi said Thursday he has no plans of stepping down.