Con­gress­man who be­came war critic dies on birth­day

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - NATION -

Rep. Wal­ter B. Jones Jr., R-N.C., a on­ce­fer­vent sup­porter of the 2003 in­va­sion of Iraq who later be­came an equally out­spo­ken critic of the war, died Sun­day, his 76th birth­day.

The con­gress­man’s of­fice con­firmed in a state­ment that Jones died in Greenville, North Carolina. He had been granted a leave of ab­sence from Congress in late 2018 due to his fail­ing health.

In 2005, Jones in­tro­duced leg­is­la­tion that would have re­quired Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush’s ad­min­is­tra­tion to be­gin with­draw­ing troops from Iraq, say­ing the rea­son given for the in­va­sion, weapons of mass de­struc­tion, had proved false.

Wal­ter B. Jones Jr.

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