Warren Report Criticizes Obama Administration’s Failure to Prosecute Corporate Crimes


Mario Vasquez | Truthout | February 18, 2016

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, September 17, 2015. (Photo: Zach Gibson / The New York Times)Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, September 17, 2015. (Photo: Zach Gibson / The New York Times)

 

Controversy erupted after the recent Democratic presidential debate when Hillary Clinton accused Bernie Sanders of criticizing President Obama. However, Sanders is hardly the only prominent Democrat to have recently questioned some of the president’s actions. In January, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) released a 12-page booklet titled “Rigged Justice,” which highlights 20 cases of lax corporate law enforcement in 2015, saying:

The Obama Administration has made repeated promises to strengthen enforcement and hold corporate criminals accountable, and the DOJ [US Department of Justice] announced in September that it would place greater emphasis on charging individuals responsible for corporate crimes. Nonetheless, both before and after this DOJ announcement, accountability for corporate crimes is shockingly weak.

Warren’s report covers a far-reaching cast of culprits, from Standard & Poor’s to General Motors. Taken with its timing and the competitive state of the Democratic Party primary, Warren’s report, and The New York Times op-ed she wrote about the report, read like a subtle endorsement of Sanders – or at least a primer on what the hypothetical Warren-Clinton Democratic Party primary election that so many progressives clamored for in early 2015 would have been like.

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