Obama Administration Pressuring New York Attorney General To Drop Mortgage Fraud Investigations

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    Aug 25, 2011 5:20 PM GMT

    Eric T. Schneiderman, the attorney general of New York, has come under increasing pressure from the Obama administration to drop his opposition to a wide-ranging state settlement with banks over dubious foreclosure practices, according to people briefed on discussions about the deal.

    In recent weeks, Shaun Donovan, the secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and high-level Justice Department officials have been waging an intensifying campaign to try to persuade the attorney general to support the settlement, said the people briefed on the talks.

    Mr. Schneiderman and top prosecutors in some other states have objected to the proposed settlement with major banks, saying it would restrict their ability to investigate and prosecute wrongdoing in a variety of areas, including the bundling of loans in mortgage securities.

    But Mr. Donovan and others in the administration have been contacting not only Mr. Schneiderman but his allies, including consumer groups and advocates for borrowers, seeking help to secure the attorney general’s participation in the deal, these people said. One recipient described the calls from Mr. Donovan, but asked not to be identified for fear of retaliation.

    Not surprising, the large banks, which are eager to reach a settlement, have grown increasingly frustrated with Mr. Schneiderman. Bank officials recently discussed asking Mr. Donovan for help in changing the attorney general’s mind, according to a person briefed on those talks.

    In an interview on Friday, Mr. Donovan defended his discussions with the attorney general, saying they were motivated by a desire to speed up help for troubled homeowners. But he said he had not spoken to bank officials or their representatives about trying to persuade Mr. Schneiderman to get on board with the deal.

    “Eric and I agree on a tremendous amount here,” Mr. Donovan said. “The disagreement is around whether we should wait to settle and resolve the issues around the servicing practices for him — and potentially other A.G.’s and other federal agencies — to complete investigations on the securitization side. He might argue that he has more leverage that way, but our view is we have the immediate opportunity to help a huge number of borrowers to stay in their homes, to help their neighborhoods and the housing market.”
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    Aug 25, 2011 10:36 PM GMT
    I just read on Common Dreams. org that the Iowa AG removed Schneiderman from the States AG's committee which is overseeing this case. Apparently Schneiderman led a group of States AG's who want to see some bankers punished for their part in the lead up to the Bank and Walstreet crash.

    Well as we all know, both dems and repubs are pretty well bought by Banking/Wall street lobbies and of course all other large Corps. So Obama not wanting to be on these larger funders wrong side going into his campaigne season, was more than likely instrumental in getting Schneiderman out of the way, because God forbid that the ones who caused this situation have too much money to be held accountable for wrongs that nearly bought our country down economically and the rest of the world with it.

    God if we could just get a viable 3rd party and end this sham of two party's that in all actuality are one party existing for the good of the corporate donators to their own private causes, not the needs of the American Public.