We had to reread this DOJ statement on today’s RBS wristslap twice, as the hypocrisy was literally mind-blowing: “As we have done with Barclays and UBS, we are today holding RBS accountable for a stunning abuse of trust,” said Assistant Attorney General Breuer. “The bank has admitted to manipulating one of the cornerstone benchmark interest rates in our global financial system, and its Japanese subsidiary has agreed to plead guilty to felony wire fraud. The department’s ongoing investigation has now yielded two guilty pleas by significant financial institutions. These are extraordinary results, and our investigation is far from finished. Our message is clear: no financial institution is above the law.”
We have two questions: i) how is it that Lanny Breuer, the man who was unmasked by the recent humiliating show “Untouchables” as the DOJ mastermind behind not bringing one single criminal case against bankers for fear of “ripple effects” when pursuing justice against TBTF banks still employed by the US government and still on the record after reportedly announcing his resignation two weeks ago? And ii) how does he, of all people, have the gall to even mention “stunning abuse of trust” when his entire public-service career can be summarized as such?