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No More Settlement Slush Funds

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The U.S. Department of Justice issued this press release yesterday.

Attorney General Sessions today issued the attached memo to all Department of Justice components and 94 United States Attorney's Offices prohibiting them from entering into any agreement on behalf of the United States in settlement of federal claims or charges that directs or provides for a settlement payment to non-governmental, third parties that were not directly harmed by the conduct.

"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," said Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Darn.  I was hoping that now that the Republicans are in, DoJ would prosecute some deep-pocketed wrongdoers and then settle with them on the condition that they shower CJLF with megabucks.  Can't you just picture our opponents turning purple with outrage?  Well, they would actually be right for once.  But it's not going to happen because AG Sessions is a better, more ethical man than former AG Holder.

Aruna Viswanatha has this article in the WSJ.

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