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West: 'The Spokesman-Review owes me a personal apology'

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SPOKANE, Wash. – Former Spokane Mayor Jim West says he is pleased with the FBI investigation that cleared him of any wrongdoing and says agents concluded what he had said from the beginning: that he did not commit a crime.

The former mayor, still battling cancer, made a statement and took questions during a news conference in downtown Spokane on Thursday afternoon.

“I’d like to make one point,” said West. “Any article published in May – the lead sentence says I used my position and power Boy Scouts and political office to lure young men… I did not commit those acts or do those things.”

West further criticized The Spokesman-Review for their reporting on the accusations, saying the paper and its reporters owe him an apology.

“They cut me to the quick,” said West. “Destroyed my reputation. I think The Spokesman-Review owes me a personal apology.”

“Steve Smith said on a TV program that there would be a cascade of victims. Where are they?”

While responding sternly to the newspaper and its reporters, West curteously addressed the public and Shannon Sullivan, who led the effort to recall him from office.

“To the people of Spokane,” said the former mayor, “I want to thank them. And I have no ill will towards Ms. Sullivan… She relied on newspaper reports and I don’t blame her for coming to the conclusion she did. But it was the wrong conclusion."

West also said he - himself - would have voted against him had he done the things alleged in The Spokesman-Review.

West also took the opportunity to address concerns over his health and career. He told a handful of reporters in the room that he is still taking chemotherapy, but tests conducted two weeks ago show that cancerous tumors on his liver continue to shrink. He also said he plans to stay active in public life – even going as far as to say he is in negotiations with a local radio station to host a radio program.

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