The Tar Creek audit has no doubt caused a deep strain in the relationship between AG Pruitt & Auditor Jones. If the Federal EPA was to bring in a federal investigation, any corruption & coverup could send state officials to federal prison. But if Pruitt runs the EPA, then there is no chance of a federal investigation, right?
Jones has long wanted his Tar Creek audit released. Yet Pruitt and his hand-picked successor, Mike Hunter; call Jones' audit 'shoddy and unreliable'. That claim is completely without merit. Why would Jones what his worst work to go public while he's running for governor? Why would Hunter want to hide the very evidence to back up his defamation of Jones to be keep secret?
Statute of Limitations..
Suddenly, on April 9th, 2018, Hunter released the full audit. It was clear that high irregularities were present and that a grand jury action was called for. Yet Pruitt did nothing to execute justice. Pruitt (and only Pruitt) knew the full facts of the audit. The public could not know of any suspected corruption in the cleanup fund agency or the contractor.
The contract which drew the most scorn was accepted by the cleanup fund state agency on April 8th, 2011.
That's right! Seven years and one day after the highly suspicious deal was done. More importantly, one day after the statutory limitation on criminal prosecution. Pruitt & Hunter were the only ones allowed to know the truth until one day after the statute of limitations; when the people of Oklahoma could have circulated a petition to call their own grand jury to bring this to justice without any help from those who were supposed to be above corruption.
Pruitt and his hand-picked successor claimed that they didn't reveal the audit because it would harm the private reputations of citizens whom he decided not to prosecute. How many of us enjoy that same concern for reputation when we face justice?
We want to commend the great research of Justin Wingerter of the Oklahoman for his crack research efforts.