March 20, 2017 Press Releases

NV Dems File New Public Records Requests for Communications About Laxalt FBI Tape


by Nevada Democrats

In April 2016, Attorney General Adam Laxalt sought to pressure the chairman of the Gaming Control Board to intercede in a lawsuit on behalf of Sheldon Adelson


Las Vegas, NV – The Nevada State Democratic Party has filed five new public records requests today for communications within the Attorney General’s office and the Gaming Control Board after they became aware that a recording existed of a conversation last year between Attorney General Adam Laxalt and Gaming Control Board Chairman A.G. Burnett. In April 2016, Laxalt sought to pressure Burnett to intercede in a lawsuit on behalf of Sheldon Adelson, Nevada’s wealthiest casino magnate and Laxalt’s largest campaign donor. The unusual and inappropriate meeting prompted Burnett to secretly record his conversation with Laxalt and then turn over the tape to the FBI.

Earlier this month, the state party filed an official complaint with the Nevada Commission on Ethics requesting a full investigation. The party has also filed additional public records requests for correspondence and schedules linking the Attorney General’s office and Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Corporation.

“If Attorney General Laxalt wants to clear up his ethics scandal and put this to bed, there is a simple solution: call for the release of this FBI tape. The fact that Laxalt won’t tells you exactly how damaging this recording must be,”said Stewart Boss, spokesperson for the Nevada State Democratic Party. “Nevada voters deserve more information and more transparency here, and these public records requests will help expose the contents of this controversial recording. If Adam Laxalt was indeed acting as a personal attorney for his favorite billionaire, the communications within the Attorney General’s office and the Gaming Control Board about this FBI tape should provide more facts around the Attorney General’s disturbing pay-to-play conduct.”

The five separate public records requests filed today under the Nevada Open Records Act include the following:

  • Copies of all correspondence within the Attorney General’s office regarding Chairman A.G. Burnett’s recording of his April 2016 meeting with Attorney General Adam Laxalt and distribution of that conversation with the FBI.
  • Copies of all correspondence between the Attorney General’s office and Nevada Control Gaming Board staff related to Chairman A.G. Burnett’s recording and turning over his April 2016 conversation with Attorney General Adam Laxalt to the FBI sent or received from February 1, 2017 to the present.
  • Copies of all correspondence between Nevada Control Gaming Board staff and any other branches of state government or outside counsel regarding Chairman A.G. Burnett’s recording of his April 2016 meeting with Attorney General Adam Laxalt.
  • Copies of all correspondence within the Nevada Gaming Control Board from April 1, 2016 to present regarding Chairman A.G. Burnett’s recording of his April 2016 meeting with Attorney General Adam Laxalt and distribution of that conversation with the FBI.
  • Copies of all correspondence between Chairman A.G. Burnett and the FBI regarding either Attorney General Adam Laxalt or the Las Vegas Sands Corporation.

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