Eric Schneiderman, fiscal estatal de Nueva York. (Foto: Archivo)
They will be joined by Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division Lanny Breuer, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division Stuart Delery, Federal Housing Finance Agency Inspector General Steve Linick and Director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commissions’ Enforcement Division Robert Khuzami.
WHO: Acting Associate Attorney General Tony West
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado John Walsh
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan
WHAT: Press conference on the first legal action of the RMBS Working Group
WHEN: TODAY, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2012
11:00 a.m. EDT
WHERE: Department of Justice
7th Floor Press Conference Room
950 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
NOTE: All media must present government-issued photo I.D. (such as a driver’s license) as well as valid media credentials. Media must enter the department at the visitor’s entrance on Constitution Avenue between Ninth and Tenth Streets. Media may begin arriving at 10:00 a.m. EDT and cameras must be pre-set by 10:45 a.m. EDT. Press inquiries regarding logistics should be directed to the Office of Public Affairs at 202-514-2007.
REMARKS AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY BY
ACTING ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY GENERAL TONY WEST AT THE
RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE-BACKED SECURITIES WORKING GROUP PRESS CONFERENCE
Good morning, everyone, and thank you all for being here. My name is Tony West, and I’m the Acting Associate Attorney General of the United States, the third-ranking official here at the Department of Justice. I am proud to be here this morning with my colleagues and partners in the Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities, or RMBS, Working Group, one of eight working groups within the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force chaired by United States Attorney General Eric Holder. With me today is the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Shaun Donovan; the five Co-Chairs of the RMBS Working Group: New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman; the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Director of Enforcement, Robert Khuzami; the Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Lanny Breuer; the Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Civil Division, Stuart Delery; and the U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado, John Walsh. Also joining us on stage is the Inspector General for the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Steve Linick. And I want to acknowledge the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force’s Executive Director, Michael Bresnick, and the RMBS Working Group’s Coordinator, Matt Stegman. Thank you all for your leadership and dedication to the Working Group’s important work.
When President Obama created the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force in November 2009, he formed the largest coalition ever assembled to investigate and prosecute financial fraud. While the Task Force’s goals are ambitious, its foundation is simple: Those in all levels of the government charged with protecting the public from fraud and abuse cannot work in compartmentalized silos. Instead, we must be cohesive, coordinated, and committed to a common purpose, because working together, we can achieve more than we can separately.
In his State of the Union address earlier this year, the President called specifically for the formation of the RMBS Working Group – a group he charged with “hold[ing] accountable those who broke the law, speed[ing] assistance to homeowners, and help[ing] turn the page on an era of recklessness that hurt so many Americans.”
Yesterday’s lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase represents an important step toward fulfilling that mandate. It also demonstrates that the foundational idea underlying the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force works. As the New York Attorney General can attest, the Department of Justice and the FHFA Inspector General committed substantial resources to help make this action possible. In addition, the SEC’s assistance has been particularly critical in assuring the success of the RMBS Working Group. The SEC gave all Working Group members access to the substantial evidence gathered in their investigations and held important early training sessions where they shared their expertise and learning. This permitted each Working Group member to prioritize and focus its investigations and avoid waste and duplication. Yesterday’s filing is, quite simply, a testament to the unity of purpose brought by the Task Force and a powerful example of what is possible when we work together to achieve justice for all Americans.
Let there be no doubt – preventing and prosecuting financial fraud in all its forms is a top priority of the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, its RMBS Working Group, and the Department of Justice. We follow the facts and the law wherever they lead, and if we uncover evidence of fraud or other illegal conduct, we pursue that conduct aggressively. Through the collective and coordinated efforts of the President’s Task Force, we are committed to doing everything we can to ensure that the people of our nation are not victimized by fraud and, if they are, that we bring the perpetrators to justice.
And now, I am honored now to introduce to you a valuable partner in these efforts, the New York Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman.
NUEVA YORK (AP) — Los fiscales de 17 estados en Estados Unidos pidieron al Congreso abandonar un proyecto de ley apoyado por la National Rifle Association que permitiría que los permisos para portar armas ocultas emitidos en una entidad sean válidos en el resto del país.
Los fiscales de estados como Nueva York, Pensilvania, Iowa y California, enviaron el domingo una carta a los dirigentes tanto demócratas como republicanos en el Congreso advirtiendo que la llamada ley de reciprocidad que se debate en el Capitolio “conducirá a la muerte de policías y civiles, a la proliferación de traficantes de armas y a actos de terrorismo y otro tipo de violencia masiva”.
“Con el recuerdo del peor tiroteo en la historia de Estados Unidos todavía fresco en nuestra memoria, exhortamos a ustedes y a nuestros colegas a rechazar esos proyectos de ley mal concebidos”, escribió Eric Schneiderman, fiscal estatal de Nueva York.
La nueva advertencia se produjo mientras la NRA –grupo que defiende la tenencia de armas– se ha envalentonado por un completo control de los republicanos en Washington, y continúa presionando para disminuir las restricciones, semanas después de que un tiroteo en Las Vegas dejara 58 personas muertas y cientos de heridos. Fue el tiroteo más letal en la historia de Estados Unidos.