Published March 31, 2016 by Phil Cross (Fox 25)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – A shocking end to a House committee hearing as retired state trooper and current Representative Mike Christian, R-Oklahoma City, announced he will request a criminal investigation into activities by troopers and the Department of Public Safety.
Christian, the chair of the committee, did not provide many details but told committee members, “this evidence is related to illegal lobbying by DPS officials using taxpayer funds as well as other allegations of corruption I have been advised this is a criminal matter and our committee should probably forward this information to law enforcement agency for further investigation.”
“The Oklahoma House of Representatives shall not tolerate corruption,” Christian said in the public safety committee hearing before immediately calling for adjournment without taking questions or allowing other members of the committee to comment.
Outside the hearing Christian said he could not talk about a pending criminal matter, but said he is working to determine if the matter should be investigated by state or federal officials. “It may be multijurisdictional,” Christian told Fox 25.
Other members of the public safety committee expressed concern about the surprise announcement. The representatives told Fox 25 Christian’s decision did not express the will of the committee.
Fox 25 has learned some of the allegations relate to a bill that would consolidate law enforcement agencies across the state. The bill, which Christian is the House author of, passed the Senate and is awaiting a hearing in a House committee. It has met opposition by a number of state troopers.Follow @FortySixNews