On the day after the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings joined seven other Democrats in renewing their call for an investigation into whether Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. tried to hack telephones of those killed in New York and Washington.
More than a dozen people have been arrested as part of a scandal involving News Corp. reporters in London hacking into voicemail messages of politicians and crime victims. Department of Justice officials have said they are looking into claims that the journalists also offered to buy telephone records of Sept. 11 victims from New York police officers.
"As you know, we have just observed the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks on our nation and these victims deserve to know whether they were targeted in this offensive and potentially illegal manner," according to a letter signed by the Baltimore Democrat and his colleagues.
"We request that the committee at least take preliminary steps to determine how to proceed, such as meeting with the September 11th families, consulting with the Department of Justice, and pursuing other measures the committee has utilized in many other investigations," the letter read.
Cummings is the top-ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee. Democrats on the committee have previously requested that Republican Chairman Darrell Issa launch an investigation of the issue.