FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2017, file photo, Alabama Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones speaks during a campaign stop in Troy, Ala. The words of prominent Republicans are being used against Alabama's GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore in a campaign ad. The ad by Jones features statements made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Sen. Richard Shelby and Ivanka Trump responding to allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore. (Aly Grice/Troy Messenger via AP, File)

AP FACT CHECK: Man dissed by Trump has put felons in prison

November 22, 2017 - 3:55 pm

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Democrat who was disparaged by President Donald Trump as "soft on crime" is a former U.S. attorney who prosecuted church bombers and domestic terrorist Eric Rudolph.

Trump has given Republican Roy Moore a near endorsement in Alabama's Senate race, saying Moore "totally denies" allegations of sexual misconduct with teens. Trump called Democrat Doug Jones soft on crime, border security and the military.

Jones was a federal prosecutor for 12 years. He's best known for leading the prosecution in the early 2000s of two Ku Klux Klansmen who bombed Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham in 1963, killing four girls.

He also coordinated the task force that led to Eric Rudolph's indictment for the 1998 bombing of a Birmingham abortion clinic that killed an off-duty police officer.

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