Cummings Doubles Down on Claim That Ethical Questions About His Wife’s Business Are Part of a ‘Political Hit’

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Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) has doubled down on his claim that ethical concerns about his wife’s businesses are “baseless.”

As IJR previously reported, Cummings has faced ethical questions since his wife, Maya Rockeymoore, was hit with an IRS complaint after the National Legal and Policy Center — a conservative watchdog group — alleged that her non-profit and her for-profit consulting firm had overlapping operations.

Rockeymoore’s consulting firm was offered a million dollar federal contract to oversee a project which she housed under her non-profit — a “self-dealing” that may be illegal under IRS regulations.

Cummings chairs the House Oversight Committee which is responsible for overseeing a wide range of issue before Congress, including many business negotiations and mergers.

FILE PHOTO: Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) greets Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) before a ceremonial swearing-in picture on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 3, 2019.

The Washington Examiner — who first broke the story on the IRS complaint against Rockeymoore — noted that Cummings’ role on the committee may have helped Rockeymoore’s operations because several companies with business before the committee donated to her non-profit or gave contracts to her consulting firm which could be conflicts of interest.

The Examiner notes that Johnson & Johnson, a pharmaceutical company, gave millions via its charity to Rockeymoore’s operations in years prior, but after stopping in 2017, the Oversight Committee began a probe into their operations.

Because of this note on Johnson & Johnson, Cummings doubled down on his accusation that the investigation is a “political hit” because of his efforts to lower pharmaceutical prices in the U.S.

Cummings told Fox News:

“These baseless claims come from a group funded by right-wing mega-donors known for their political hit jobs. I am confident that they will be exposed for what they really are – a fabricated distraction from the important work being done on behalf of Americans, such as lowering the skyrocketing prices of prescription drugs.”

As IJR previously reported, Cummings and Rockeymoore had both previously denied any wrongdoing. Despite their denials, Rockeymoore has still refused to turn over financial documentation for her nonprofit that could prove their case.

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Nathaniel Cook
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Nathaniel Cook

I doubt the prosecutor will be able to exonerate her…
Is Cummings okay with that?

Ian Clodagh
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Ian Clodagh

Cummings can dish it, but he can’t take it.

Dimitri Yanez
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Dimitri Yanez

Looks like a hit job,
Paybacks are a bitch.
Im sure both could potentially go to jail.
Next on the list…..maxine.

Hendrix
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Hendrix

If the allegations are baseless…release your taxes and financial statements and your wife’s business documents.

ladini
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ladini

Elijah: the Hodor Starke of the DEMs.

Screwtape
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Shades of Hillary. More pay for play? Entirely likely.

Consider Biden’s entanglements in Ukraine and China. Also consider Mad Max Water’s indictment for steering TARP money to her husband’s bank.

Morte206
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The only reason not to release those financial records is guilt. These are not personal tax records as Cummings has tried to do with Trump rather they are the very public records of a non-profit and a for profit business, big difference.

Steve
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Steve

My guess is that him and his wife are fleecing taxpayers out of millions. How does a guy who never had a job except politics afford his lifestyle on a Congressman’s salary without being corrupt?

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