By The Associated Press AUSTIN (AP) A Republican former governor of Oklahoma is stepping aside from his post as governor over questions over his relationships to former presidents George W, Bush and former vice president Dick Cheney.
In a statement issued Monday, Attorney General Scott Pruitt said he was stepping down as governor in the wake of the Oklahoma investigation and “will continue to focus on his role as a public servant and law enforcement officer.”
Pruitt, a Republican, said he would resign after serving in the Oklahoma Senate and his term ends in 2018.
He did not provide details of his reasons.
Pruits office has declined to provide further details about what led him to step aside.
A spokeswoman said Monday he will remain in his role until a new governor is confirmed.
In March, the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office filed a civil lawsuit alleging that Pruitt and others violated campaign finance laws by accepting more than $500,000 from companies, including oil and gas producers, that had business before Oklahoma’s Department of Environmental Quality.
In September, Pruitt announced that he would be stepping down from his role in the state’s top law enforcement agency, the Office of the Attorney General.
The office said he will step down immediately.
The Associated Press previously reported on Pruitt’s ties to Cheney, the former vice President, and Bush, who is deceased.
Pulis statement Monday said the office was aware of the allegations and had contacted the state attorney general’s office and the FBI.
It did not specify when or why the investigation was launched.
In his statement, Pruitt said his office was acting quickly to find the person or persons responsible and take appropriate action.
“The Office of Attorney General will work with the Oklahoma State Attorney General to ensure that the public and the governor have the information necessary to ensure this individual or persons is brought to justice,” Pruitt said.
“My administration will continue to support the people of Oklahoma.”