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Laura Mcaloon was a Liaison for the investigators and the city. Laura Mcaloon was a Liaison for the investigators and the city.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Laura Mcaloon was a Liaison for the investigators and the city. She was one of four people on a team with this responsibility. Two were appointed by the City Council, two, including herself, were appointed by the Mayor's Office. She says she had regular contact with those handling the investigation, but it's a phone call that occurred Tuesday morning that has raised concerns.

Mcaloon says from last Friday to Wednesday when the finalized report was released, Cappel discussed three different findings. Her finalized version takes some heat off  mayor Condon and spokesman Brian Coddington. Mcaloon says accusations she inappropriately influenced Cappel into doing that are "categorically false."

"We just want it to be known there was no undue influence on Kris Capel," Macaloon told KHQ Saturday.

She admits she did call Cappel Tuesday morning, alongside another member of the liaison team, Rick Romero. She says that contact was only initiated because the allegations of corrupt public record requests on the mayor's part were something she knew nothing about. She says the group was briefed on the report Friday, and that was not mentioned.

"I was shocked. That was complete news to me," Mcaloon said. "The mayor talked to both of us and asked why it wasn't disclosed on Friday and where are the facts to support it?"

Mcaloon says about two hours after she asked Cappel to explain the findings; a phone call came that Cappel was amending things, essentially lessening the wrongdoing allegations of Mayor Condon and others in her final report. Mcaloon says despite the mess, she wants her work with the city to continue.

"I am not going to withdraw from being nominated from being City Attorney.  If the City Council has questions about my integrity, but ability to be the city attorney, whether I did anything improper as a member of this joint team, they need to ask me those questions," she explained.

KHQ asked Mcaloon what she would have done differently had she been City Attorney during the Straub saga. She said, she wasn't, so it's something she really can't answer. 

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