Attorney General Eric Holder canceled a planned speech in Oklahoma City that was to be the subject of a protest organized by conservative lawmakers in the state.
Holder was set to address the graduation ceremony of the Oklahoma City Police Department cadet class Thursday afternoon but pulled out of the event, the Washington Times reported.
“It is true that Mr. Holder will not be in attendance,” said an Oklahoma City Police Department spokesman. “We are told that it is not due to the planned protests, but no reason was stated.”
“This guy is so against Oklahoma-type principles, what we believe in. Why did they ask this guy to come to Oklahoma City? What the heck is going on?,” a planned protester in Oklahoma City told Reddit Report late last week.
“I’m committed to maintaining the constitutional balance of power and the authority that this legislative branch has, and I just don’t think it’s appropriate that Mr. Holder be here. If an American citizen had not complied with one of the Justice Department’s subpoenas, they would be in jail and not sitting here in front of me testifying,” said Republican U.S. Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold at a recent hearing, referring to the contempt of Congress charge leveled against Holder for failing to produce documents related to the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal.