Obama Is Announcing A Brand New Group To Go After Fraud That Caused The Financial Crisis

Eric Schneidermen

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It’s possible that this will be the biggest news to come out of the State Of The Union.HuffPo’s Sam Stein reports:

During his State of the Union address tonight, President Obama will announce the creation of a special unit to investigate misconduct and illegalities that contributed to both the financial collapse and the mortgage crisis.

The office, part of a new Unit on Mortgage Origination and Securitization Abuses, will be chaired by Eric Schneiderman, the New York attorney general, according to a White House official.

The lack of a pursuit of pre-crisis “crimes” remains a big, public frustration. We have no idea if this will go anywhere, but obviously this shows that The White House is still aware of this issue, and also shows that it likely wants to put Wall Street on trial (figuratively and perhaps literally) in the runup to the election.