Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, said Tuesday that he’s glad a government investigator is pursuing his request to probe the leak of a sensitive document last year.
Inhofe said the Inspector General at the Commerce Department has issued a subpoena to the National Wildlife Federation as part of the investigation.
The leaked document was a draft of a new proposal by the Bush administration regarding the Endangered Species Act.
Inhofe requested an investigation of the leak last August.
He said Tuesday, “As we work to provide more accountability and increase transparency in our government, it is imperative we hold those who break the rules responsible.
“Maintaining the integrity of the interagency review process is of the utmost importance. Therefore, the unauthorized release of such potentially controversial, yet critically-needed regulatory reforms indicates a serious abdication of duty among one of the Services’ personnel.
“Importantly, no one disputes a rule was broken. To get to the bottom of this, I requested the IG’s office to identify the person responsible and hold them accountable. I applaud the IG for moving forward on this investigation. It’s simply the right thing to do.”