Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Sanders Officially Requests Fraud Investigation by AG Lynch into Exxon


Exxon knew, and they still know.

by Gaius Publius

Senator Sanders to Attorney General Lynch on Exxon:
"We are writing regarding a potential instance of corporate fraud - behavior that may qualify as a violation of federal law."
And that's how it's done.

Bernie Sanders, from his Senate office, has asked Attorney General Loretta Lynch to "form a taskforce by December 19, 2015, to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to launch an official inquiry against any actors and entities involved." Why? Because of "a potential instance of corporate fraud – behavior that may ultimately qualify as a violation of federal law."

Sanders cites the Inside Climate News stories we've been following here and here. If the taskforce he asks for does determine there is sufficient evidence to launch an inquiry, we're in RICO territory.

I should add that the O'Malley campaign has also signaled it's onboard with RICO as well (via Twitter). This is much more forceful, though both are helpful. Thanks to both candidates for their strong pro-climate efforts.

The Sanders press release is here. The letter is here and reprinted below. The trove of Exxon documents published by Inside Climate News is here.
October 20, 2015

The Honorable Loretta Lynch
Attorney General of the United States
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001

Dear Attorney General Loretta Lynch:

I am writing concerning a potential instance of corporate fraud – behavior that may ultimately qualify as a violation of federal law. I respectfully request the Department investigate these allegations, and take appropriate action if the investigation yields evidence of wrongdoing.

According to an eight-month investigation by journalists at Inside Climate News, Exxon – now ExxonMobil – may have conducted extensive research on climate change as early as 1977. As a result, it appears that top Exxon scientists concluded both that climate change is real and that it was caused in part by the carbon pollution resulting from use of Exxon’s petroleum-based products. In addition, the purported internal business memoranda accompanying the news report asserted that Exxon’s so-called “climate research program” was launched in response to a perceived existential threat to its business model.

In 1998, the New York Times reported that Exxon participated in the American Petroleum Institute’s Global Climate Science Communications Plan, an effort aimed at stressing “uncertainty” on climate science. Exxon has since contributed more than $31 million since 1998 to think tanks and organizations that cast doubt on mainstream climate science.

These reports, if true, raise serious allegations of a misinformation campaign that may have caused public harm similar to the tobacco industry’s actions – conduct that led to federal racketeering convictions. Based on available public information, it appears that Exxon knew its product was causing harm to the public, and spent millions of dollars to obfuscate the facts in the public discourse. The information that has come to light about Exxon’s past activities raises potentially serious concerns that should be investigated.

I am heartened that, according to your September 9, 2015, memorandum “[f]ighting corporate fraud and other misconduct is a top priority of the Department of Justice.” I request that the Department form a taskforce by December 19, 2015, to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to launch an official inquiry against any actors and entities involved. I look forward to hearing the Department’s recommendations in a timely manner.

Thank you for your time and close consideration of this matter.


Bernard Sanders
United States Senator
Bold moves like this are what we need. Next up? Ask what Hillary Clinton thinks. If she agrees with Sanders and O'Malley, we have a trifecta.

If you want to sign a petition asking the government to prosecute Exxon, go here.

And if you'd like to say thank you to Bernie Sanders for this excellent advocacy of the people's interest, you can do so here. Adjust the split any way you like at the link.


Exxon knew, and they still know.

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At 11:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bernie would do better to give us a list of five candidates for HIS attorney general so that we may assess how likely it the case would be to occur in his tenure.

I'd be delighted to be proven wrong in my prediction that there will be no investigation initiated by the Obama DoJ.

It's a clever but cheap, throw away pronouncement.

I'm waiting for his continual railing against our waging of perpetual war at great $ expense only to effectively and massively cultivate global enemies. (With side note that the US military is one of the world's largest single consumers of energy and, therefore, enabler of Exxon. )

John Puma

At 4:04 PM, Anonymous ARIC said...

It also should be noted that Sanders voted to confirm corporate criminal coddling Lynch in the first place.

At 5:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lynch is no more a good choice to be AG than was Holder, Gonzales, or Ashcroft. Her true task is to ensure that the Too Big To Jail corps escape Justice while the little guys get all the "Just Us" that can be piled atop them. Lynch will do nothing but bluster about how tough she is, but only a cannibal would ever know for sure.

At 9:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

just as it is not illegal to drive your car, raise cattle and burn gas in your furnace, I don't think it was illegal (in any RICO sense) for any fossil fuel company to lie about what they know re: climate change.

Then there is the matter of the statute of limitations.

I hate to say this, but this has that familiar stench of political grandstanding about it.

Ferkrissakes, why hasn't Bernie or anyone else within a thousand miles of DC been screaming about prosecuting actual, palatable, already proven rampant fraud to the tune of several TRILLION dollars? Why wasn't Dick Fuld tossed into federal prison when Lehman cratered? Why haven't hundreds of others not been investigated for fraud, including RICO stuff, resulting in not only 10s of Ms of americans losing homes and jobs, but some of them perishing from their hardships? manslaughter if not murder 2. Those don't have statutes of limitation.

How about torture that murdered hundreds of innocents? Some on us property (g'itmo)? no statute here either.

The Exxon thing is a scandal, for sure, even if 90% of americans don't know nor care. But the real low-hanging fruit ("60 Minutes" did a proof that should be used in court) is organized crime in banking and admitted (by obamanation and, proud boasting by cheney and the bushbaby) torture/murder.


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