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Oklahoma lawmakers respond to GOP panel's decision on Holder

Reps. James Lankford and Tom Cole, of Oklahoma, respond to a Republican panel's decision to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt.
Published: June 21, 2012
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Members of delegation respond to panel's decision to hold Holder in contempt

Rep. James Lankford,

R-Oklahoma City

Lankford is a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt.

“Refusing to comply with a congressional subpoena comes with consequences including the loss of public trust and being held in contempt,” Lankford said

“My goal is to answer the following questions: who authorized the Fast and Furious actions; why were the actions authorized; who was in charge of operational oversight; and why were the actions allowed to continue? Now, we must also add the question, what is the administration trying to hide with such extraordinary methods?

“The administration has previously denied involvement in the Fast and Furious operation, but now they have invoked executive privilege. If no wrongdoing occurred, why would the administration ardently fight investigation? Executive privilege only increases the speculation that facts are being withheld to protect people rather than resolve the issue.

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