Ranking Members Cummings and Waxman Request Briefing and Information From Former Wal-Mart General Counsel on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Bribery Allegations
Today, Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Elijah E. Cummings and Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to Wal-Mart CEO Michael Duke after an examination of hundreds of internal documents relating to the Wal-Mart bribery allegations.
The documents confirm that former Wal-Mart general counsel Maritza Munich had urged that Wal-Mart hire an independent outside counsel to conduct a closer examination of allegations of improper activity and that Ms. Munich pushed Wal-Mart executives to implement a strict anticorruption policy. They also indicate that after Ms. Munich reviewed a draft report of Wal-Mart’s actions in Mexico, she recommended via email that “the needed follow-up investigation should extend beyond the specific transactions contained in this draft report to other potentially suspect transactions not yet identified.”
Ms. Munich resigned from Wal-Mart effective February 1, 2006, and three months later, her replacement Alberto Mora concluded Wal-Mart’s internal investigation on the transactions in Mexico without further action.
The members are requesting that Wal-Mart authorize Ms. Munich to cooperate with our investigation and speak to committee staff.
The members are requesting that Wal-Mart provide them with the substantive briefing they requested in their initial April 23 letter. To date, Wal-Mart has offered to brief the committee on its general Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance policy, but has yet to commit to provide a briefing on the specific allegations of bribery in Mexico.
The full text of the letter is available online here.