Jordan Raises Additional Questions About Cummings’s Secret MOU with Chairwoman Maxine Waters

Published: Apr 23, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jim Jordan, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, sent a letter to Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) raising additional questions about a secret Memorandum of Understanding executed with Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA). The Chairman executed the MOU unilaterally and did not first obtain approval for this measure through a vote of the Committee.

“I appreciate the information you provided about your nonpublic MOU with Chairwoman Waters. I hope you will continue to be transparent about all future MOUs you execute. However, your letter did not explain what authority in the Constitution, the Rules of the House of Representatives, or the Rules of the Committee allows you to bind the Committee through an MOU without first obtaining approval through a vote of the Committee.”

“Your nonpublic MOU with Chairwoman Waters cites no specific authority allowing you to execute an MOU that could affect future investigatory actions you take as chairman on behalf of the Committee. I ask again whether you could explain the authority that allows you to execute an MOU that affects potential Committee action without first obtaining approval of Committee Members.”

Full text of the letter can be found here.