Statement From The Office Of The Attorney General In Response To Representative Lamar Smith And Republicans On House Committee On Science, Space, And Technology

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July 13, 2016

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STATEMENT FROM THE OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL IN RESPONSE TO REPRESENTATIVE LAMAR SMITH AND REPUBLICANS ON HOUSE COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE, SPACE, AND TECHNOLOGY

NEW YORK— The following statement was issued today by Eric Soufer, spokesman for Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman:

“The American public will wake up tomorrow morning shaking their heads when they learn that a small group of radical Republican house members is trying to block a serious law enforcement investigation into potential fraud at Exxon. Chairman Smith and his allies have zero credibility on this issue, and are either unwilling or unable to grasp that the singular purpose of these investigations is to determine whether Exxon committed serious violations of state securities fraud, business fraud, and consumer fraud laws. This committee has no authority to interfere with these state law enforcement investigations, and whether they issue a subpoena or not, this Attorney General will not be intimidated or deterred from ensuring that every New Yorker receives the full protection of state laws.”