On Wednesday the Department of Justice published a memo by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in which it is explained that he is putting to an end a top Obama administration policy.
As read in some reports, the Obama administration policy that Sessions is talking about is the one which allows money from settlement deals that involve high-profile lawsuits to go separate, as well as third party groups which had nothing to with the initial dispute.
The reports also read that Sessions sent a letter to 94 U.S. attorneys, in which he talks about that “effective immediately, Department attorneys may not enter into any agreement on behalf of the United States in settlement of federal claims or charges, including agreements settling civil litigation, accepting plea agreements, or deferring or declining prosecution in a criminal matter, that directs or provides for a payment or loan to any non-governmental person or entity that is not a party to the dispute.”
He continues to explain how “When the federal government settles a case against a corporate wrongdoer, any settlement funds should go first to the victims and then to the American people — not to bankroll third-party special interest groups or the political friends of whoever is in power.”
The letter from Sessions came few months after Virginia Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte had presented a regulation which would have forbid the DOJ from asking for litigants to pay money to third parties involved, as a part of the whole settlement.
“This bill is oversight and action. Congress must not tolerate Justice Department political appointees using settlements to funnel money to their liberal friends,” stated the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, adding, “This is also an institutional issue.
Once direct victims have been compensated, deciding what to do with additional funds recovered from defendants becomes a policy question properly decided by elected representatives in Congress, not agency bureaucrats or prosecutors.”
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