Republican leaders back lawmaker who spoke at white supremacist event

House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) walks from his office to the House Chamber during a procedural vote at the Capitol in WashingtonBy Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives defended Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise on Tuesday after he came under fire for speaking to a group of white supremacists in 2002, when he was a state lawmaker. Scalise, the No. 3 Republican in the House, acknowledged speaking at an event in a New Orleans suburb hosted by the European-American Unity and Rights Organization, or EURO, founded by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. …

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