How desperate are Democrats to “get” Donald Trump? On Tuesday, Sara Carter reported that three Democratic members of Congress — Reps. Elijah Cummings, Maxine Waters, and Adam Schiff — signed a secret Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to “target” President Trump and subpoena his financial and banking records.
On Monday, Carter noted, Rep. Jim Jordan, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee ranking member, sent a letter to Cummings outlining his objections. In it, he wrote:
If you intend to continue to use the Committee’s limited resources to attack President Trump for political gain, I hope that you will at least be transparent about your actions. Your ability to function as a fair and unbiased finder of fact is now at grave risk. The Members of the Committee — and, more importantly, the American citizens we represent — deserve to know exactly how you are leading this Committee. I look forward to your detailed answers to these questions.
- How many MOUs with committee chairpersons have you signed as Chairman since the beginning of the 116th Congress?
- Would you provide the Committee with a detailed list of the other MOUs you have signed, including their dates, signatories, and topics?
- Why did you not publicly disclose that you had signed MOUs with committee chairpersons?
- Will you publicly disclose all the MOUs you have signed as Chairman since the beginning of the 116th Congress?
- Why did you choose not to consult with any Republican Members before signing these MOUs?
- Have you signed any MOUs as Chairman with any entities outside of the House Representatives relating to the Committee’s oversight or legislative work?
- To the extent your MOUs create duties for the Committee that conflict with the Rules of the House of Representatives or the Rules of the Committee, which duties prevail?
- The Rules of the Committee for the 116th Congress do not authorize the Chairman to bind the Committee through an MOU.Could you explain the specific authority that allows you to bind the Committee through an MOU without first obtaining approval through a vote of the Committee?
- As I understand your MOU with Chairwoman Waters, you have committed to sharing Committee information with the Financial Services Committee. This provision of your MOU may conflict with Rules of the House of Representatives and the Committee’s whistleblower protocol, which requires the Committee to keep some Committee information confidential. Will you still protect the confidentiality of whistleblower information notwithstanding your apparent obligation to share it with the Financial Services Committee?
- As I understand your MOU with Chairwoman Waters, you have agreed to consult with her before issuing a subpoena. Do you intend to consult with Chairwoman Waters before or after you consult with me, as required by Committee Rules? If I object to your proposed subpoena, do you intend to consult with Chairwoman Waters before or after the Committee votes, as you promised in the Committee’s organizing meeting?
- As I understand your MOU with Chairwoman Waters, you have declined to include any provision protecting the Minority’s rights to documentary or testimonial information. Can you guarantee that Minority Members will have the same access to documentary or testimonial information under this MOU as we do in every other Committee inquiry?
Jordan also shredded the co-conspirators on Twitter:
It’s ironic that Dems continue to talk collusion when they’re the ones actually colluding!
We learned that Dem Chairmen have secret Memos of Understanding to coordinate their partisan “investigations” on the President.https://t.co/PRSx47CorT
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) April 17, 2019
According to Carter, a congressional official with knowledge of the MOU explained that it boils down to an agreement “to conspire and coordinate … efforts to attack and investigate” the president, adding, “This is not how committee’s [sic] normally operate. Dems aren’t interested in legislating. Only attacking POTUS.”