Oklahoma City, OK, United States (4E) – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is no longer appearing and speaking at the graduation ceremony of police cadets in Oklahoma City on Thursday as Republican lawmakers prepared a protest greeting for him.
Department of Justice spokesman Brian Fallon said in an e-mail Thursday that an early meeting at his office delayed Holder’s travel to Oklahoma City prompting the cancellation of his 2:30 p.m. ET speech at the Oklahoma City Police Department cadet class’ graduation ceremony.
“The Attorney General had been looking to addressing the cadets, and regrets he cannot attend in person,” Fallon said, according to Washington Times. “He extends his heartfelt congratulations to the cadets and their families.”
OCPD spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said no reason was given for Holder’s cancellation, according to The Hill.
The Hill quoted Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) as saying on Wednesday that the attorney general held in contempt of Congress in 2012 should not be held up as a role model for the graduating cadets.
State Rep. Paul Wesselhoft (R-Moore), other conservative state lawmakers and some 100 activists organized a protest rally against Holder to deliver the message that they don’t want him in Oklahoma. But the cancellation turned the protest into a victory celebration, said Wesselhoft, who wants Holder to be impeached for his controversial decision to grant more clemency and pardon to jailed inmates as well as his alleged obstruction of the investigation on the IRS and the Fast and the Furious gun-running scandals.
Holder was the first-ever sitting cabinet member to be held in contempt of Congress for failing to provide key information about Operation Fast and Furious. Holder denied he refused to comply with several subpoenas issued from Congress for documents related to the operation.