COLEMAN REQUESTS MEETING WITH ATTORNEY GENERAL ON CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION OF FINANCIAL CRISIS
Following up on a request he made last month to Attorney General Michael Mukasey to investigate criminal wrongdoing with respect to the financial crisis, Senator Norm Coleman today sent a letter requesting a meeting to further discuss this urgent need. Specifically, Coleman wants to be briefed on the status of investigations into whether Wall Street executives engaged in illegal profiteering or criminal conspiracy.
"A critical step towards restoring confidence in our financial system is holding accountable those who have betrayed the public trust through criminal acts, which is why I am requesting a meeting with Attorney General Mukasey to learn of the Department of Justice's efforts to date," said Coleman. "As a former prosecutor, I look forward to working with Attorney General Mukasey to ensure any kind of criminal activity is appropriately investigated and prosecuted."
Text of today's letter is as follows:
The Honorable Michael Mukasey
Attorney General of the United States
Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, D.C. 20530
Dear Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey:
As a follow-up to my October 6 letter, I am writing to request a meeting with you regarding the Department of Justice's efforts to investigate and prosecute corporate criminal acts in relation to the financial crisis.
On behalf of taxpayers in Minnesota and across the country who have been asked to fund the $700 billion financial rescue program, I would like to be briefed on the steps the Department of Justice is undertaking to hold fully accountable those who are criminally responsible for the financial crisis.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Senator Norm Coleman