BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Members of Idaho's Republican Party central committee say a secret society has been formed to oust them from their leadership positions.

The men have filed a petition in state district court in eastern Idaho to force Republican officials to give depositions so that members of the alleged secret society can be revealed.

Bryan Smith, a former Idaho congressional candidate, and Doyle Beck, an Idaho Falls businessman, say they cannot file a lawsuit because they do not know enough information about the so-called "clandestine core group."

Christ Troupis, who represents Smith and Beck, did not immediately return requests for comment. The petition is scheduled to be reviewed in early April after previous hearings were rescheduled when the judges recused themselves.

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