Attorney General Eric HolderEric H. HolderRacial undercurrents inflame Uber fight over background checks Chaffetz seeks to hold Obama official in contempt over water rule Eric Holder goes to bat for Uber MORE has canceled a planned keynote speech before the Oklahoma City Police Department's graduating cadet class on Thursday, following protests from conservative lawmakers.
Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow of the Oklahoma City Police Department told The Hill that no reason was given for Holder's cancellation.
"It's incredibly ironic that our nation's 'top cop,' AG Holder, who is delinquent in producing thousands of subpoenaed documents to the House Oversight Committee, was chosen to come to Oklahoma City on Thursday to swear-in our newest police cadets," Lankford said.
State lawmakers and activists had planned to protest Holder's appearance.
A Justice Department spokesman did not respond to requests for comment.
Also Thursday, first lady Michelle Obama scrapped a planned graduation speech at a Kansas high school after hundreds signed a petition in protest. Many students had been upset that the first lady's security would limit the number of friends and family able to attend. Obama will instead speak the day before the high school graduation ceremony at "Senior Recognition Day."