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) criticizing the Chairman’s issuance of a purely partisan subpoena to Mazars USA LLP. Chairman Cummings issued this subpoena without having a debate or vote of the Committee, as he promised in January. Chairman Cummings has not denied that his subpoena is part of coordinated and carefully managed campaign to attack the President for political gain.
Excerpts of the letter:
“You issued this subpoena over my objection without having a debate or vote of the Committee, as you promised. This is not fair and objective congressional oversight. Your subpoena is an act of raw partisan politics meant only to further your obsession with attacking the President of the United States.”
“The Supreme Court of the United States has explained that a congressional investigation cannot seek to “expose for the sake of exposure.” The Court explained that “the public is, of course, entitled to be informed concerning workings of its government. It cannot be inflated into a general power to expose where the predominant result can only be an invasion of the private right of an individual.” I am disappointed that your obsession with attacking President Trump for political gain has led you to do precisely what the Supreme Court cautioned against.”
Read the full letter here.
Read Ranking Member Jordan’s memorandum about the Mazars subpoena here.