It has been three years since the financial meltdown spawned the Great Recession, yet the Obama Justice Department has yet to file a single criminal charge against a mortgage lender, investment banker or ratings agency principal. The American people are left to conclude that when it comes to massive financial crimes, there is no justice to be had from the Justice Department.
"60 Minutes," the CBS television news program, reminded everyone of this ugly fact with an excellent segment Sunday. In it, correspondent Steve Kroft interviewed two mid-level executives who had warned their bosses at Countrywide Financial and Citigroup, respectively, about fraud within their mortgage operations. Obviously, neither company responded vigorously enough. But even more frustrating is that the whistleblowers have not even been interviewed by federal prosecutors.
As Kroft put it to the chief of the Justice Department's criminal division, it doesn't seem that Justice is trying very hard.