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House Democrats on Tuesday made a formal request to Speaker Charles McCall to initiate impeachment proceedings against State Superintendent of Public Instruction Ryan Walters.

Their ask comes as Walters continues to attract scrutiny for his culture wars fixation. In the last week, an elementary school in the Union district whose librarian’s altered Tik Tok video was posted by the far-right agitator account Libs of Tik Tok and re-posted by Walters has received bomb threats for six consecutive days.

House Minority Leader Cyndi Munson, D-Oklahoma City, asked McCall to form a bipartisan special committee to investigate Walters.

According to a KGOU article, Democrats want the Legislature to investigate Walters for:

Under the state constitution, elected state officials can be impeached for willful neglect of duty, corruption in office, habitual drunkenness, incompetency, or any offense involving moral turpitude committed while in office.

If the House votes for impeachment, the Senate holds a trial, presided over by the Chief Justice. Ultimately, impeachment requires a two-thirds vote by the Senate.

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— Jennifer Palmer

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