Walmart officials told the Justice Department that the company had begun an internal investigation of possible violations of the act, according to the New York Times report.
Despite Cummings and Waxman’s interest in an investigation, House Republicans have signaled that they have no interest in probing the matter.
“We will be working very closely with Justice so that we don’t interfere with what they’re doing,” Cummings told MSNBC today.
Cummings and Waxman have requested a face-to-face meeting with company officials and asked former company executives quoted in the Times story to come forward with information.
“The allegations that Walmart officials in Mexico may have broken U.S. laws by bribing officials to get their stores built faster raise serious concerns,” Cummings said in a statement. “But I am even more alarmed by reports that top company executives in the U.S. tried to cover up these abuses.”
Walmart released a statement today defending its internal response and overall compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, a 1977 law that addresses bribery of foreign officials.
“In the last year, we have taken a number of specific, concrete actions to investigate this matter and strengthen our global FCPA compliance processes and procedures around the world and in Bentonville and Mexico,” the statement said. It added that the company has created a new position for a global FCPA compliance officer and has taken further action in Mexico.
Walmart is dealing with the departure of several top Washington officials. In addition to Woodard, Stephen Replogle recently said he was leaving for Cove Strategies. And just today, Bill Thorne announced that he was leaving for a top communications job at the National Retail Federation.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.