Trump administration will not ignore white collar crime: Justice official

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks before signing a directive ordering an investigation into the impact of foreign steel on the American economy in the Oval Office of the White House
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks before signing a directive ordering an investigation into the impact of foreign steel on the American economy in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 20, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

April 20, 2017

By Karen Freifeld

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Trump administration will be persistent in prosecuting white collar crimes despite giving a higher profile to tackling violent crime, a senior Justice Department official said on Thursday.

Since taking office, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has repeatedly said federal law enforcement agencies would focus on aggressively targeting violent criminals, especially drug-trafficking gangs.

That focus led some legal observers to believe the government “no longer is interested in prosecuting white collar crime,” Trevor McFadden, a deputy assistant attorney general at the Justice Department, told a conference of anti-corruption lawyers in New York on Thursday.

“I intend to dispel that myth,” McFadden said.

He said it makes “perfect sense” to devote more resources to the fight against violent crime given an increase in murder rates in some areas of the country, but that the Justice Department would not neglect prosecuting corporate criminals.

He also said enforcement of laws against U.S. companies bribing overseas officials is “alive as ever”, although he added that federal prosecutors are not trying to “break our own records for the largest fines or longest prison sentences.”

“Our aim is to motivate companies and individuals voluntarily to comply with the law.”

Violent crime rose around 5 percent in the United States last year, but remained near the lowest levels in decades, according to data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

(Reporting by Joel Schectman in Washington and Karen Freifeld in New York; Editing by Bernard Orr)

  • No Mas

    White Collar Crime includes tax evasion, using non-profits as a slush fund for global travel, parties, and Bill Clintons teen sex crimes…

    • HarryObrian

      *prepubescent teen sex crimes.
      Tax evasion? The 350,000 pages of the tax law were written by the rich tax attorneys who are the worst offenders of tax evasion… see any correlation?
      It won’t even produce a bleep on the radar unless they use it to go after and jail Soros and spawn.

  • Jay

    Good news Herr Trump may go to jail yet

    • R A.

      Your beloved Hillary should have been in prison YEARS AGO
      She is a LIAR and a TRAITOR.

      • HarryObrian

        Let us not forget Lois Lerner, Holder, and all the rest who have given the middle finger to the wimpy Congress.

        • R A.

          Here Here

  • Charles Slavis

    And if they do find them………What are they going to do with the bananas……

  • Charles Slavis

    Or Bill’s for that matter…….They can’t even find them…..

  • Charles Slavis

    Or Hillary’s …..

  • Charles Slavis

    It is never Weiner’s pants………

  • Charles Slavis

    How does Congress manage to have a rap sheet worthy of the NBA, and they are the ones making the laws……Oh! That’s it…….

  • Charles Slavis

    Does this include corrupt politicians? The Justice department under Loretta Lynch, and the fbi had all the possible surveillance in the world but never seem to be able to find sufficient evidence to arrest the Corrupt Washington Establishment…….At the end of the day…..Bill…….. they are diligent in investigating for the establishment agenda……

    • HarryObrian

      No, white collar never means anyone inside the beltway, past or present, nor anyone whose net worth is over one billion.
      They’ll produce one white collar they don’t like, parade them in front of the de-educated sheep with the 3 second attention span and pat themselves on the back for the next 4 years.
      Ever since the Clintoon admin the ambulance chasers have been driving the ambulances and not many have noticed…

    • Ty

      I agree.The crimes commited by the Washington insiders and cronies during the last 3 decades have weakened the foundations of this country.