State auditor asks court to force him to release Tar Creek audit

By: Barbara Hoberock, Tulsa World, January 18, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones has asked a court to order him to release an audit that the attorney general wants to keep confidential.

In November, a watchdog group filed suit against Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter and Jones seeking the release of an audit concerning alleged unlawful contracting in the EPA’s Tar Creek Superfund site.

The Washington, D.C.-based Campaign for Accountability filed suit in Oklahoma County District Court asking for the release of the investigatory audit done by Jones at the request of former Attorney General Scott Pruitt.

Daniel E. Stevens, executive director for the Campaign for Accountability, said Jones’ response agrees with his organization’s position.

“It is also notable Hunter and Pruitt have gone to lengths to keep the audit hidden,” Stevens said. “It makes us wonder even more what is in there.”

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