December 13, 2011 Leave a comment
In his latest article, Glenn Greenwald points out how Obama has been perfectly willing in the past to signal whether or not he believes the Department of Justice should prosecute certain cases. So why, in his 60 Minutes interview over the weekend, did Obama decline to give his opinion on whether the DOJ should holding Wall Street accountable for prosecutable fraud?
Does this sound like a President who actually believes that it’s improper for him to “comment on the decisions about particular prosecutions” to ensure “there’s no political influence on decisions made by professional prosecutors”? Or does this sound like a President who applies exactly that kind of political pressure on the DOJ when it suits him, and is now cynically invoking this excuse to avoid having to take responsibility for the virtually full-scale immunity given to the financial-crisis-causing Wall Street criminals under his watch?