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Republicans to review Rep. Matt Shea's actions following legislative session

House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox said Friday he doesn't know yet what such a review would entail, but he said they "have a responsibility to the truth."

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Republicans in the state House of Representatives will conduct a review of the actions of controversial state Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, after the current legislative session ends. 

Shea has been dogged this week by the release of text messages from 2017 in which he appeared to condone surveillance and even violence against political enemies.

House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox said Friday he doesn't know yet what such a review would entail, but he said they "have a responsibility to the truth."

Lawmakers are racing to finish a two-year state budget, and Wilcox said his constituents expect him to focus on that.

An investigative report published by The Guardian that alleges Shea discussed spying on Spokane residents for political reasons. 

Others involved in these discussions include far-right radio personality Jack Robertson, former Yakima Co. Sheriff candidate Anthony Bosworth, and one other individual who was granted anonymity by The Guardian due to cooperation with the investigation.

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