Fiery 'What a Phony': See Why Greta Says AG Lynch 'Sold Us Out Fast'
Greta Van Susteren went "Off the Record" to go after Attorney General Loretta Lynch over the DOJ's settlement with General Motors.
Earlier this week, the Justice Department announced a $900 million settlement over the automaker's defective ignition switches, which are blamed for the deaths of 124 people.
The feds deferred prosecution of the company for three years and no individual employees were charged.
Preet Bharara, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, praised GM for cooperating with the investigation
"Good behavior after the fact does not absolve G.M. or any company of responsibility but companies should be encouraged to act as G.M. did here to help the truth come out faster," he said.
Some victims' family members were disappointed with the punishment, with one woman - whose daughter died in a 2006 crash - arguing that GM's executives "knew what they were doing and they kept doing it."
Van Susteren questioned why no GM executives are facing prosecution, arguing that the decision is contrary to a memo issued last week by Lynch.
The policy memo explained that the Justice Department would seek to hold executives responsible for corporate wrongdoing, rather than a company at large.
Bharara said he would not rule out individual prosecutions in the future, but Van Susteren she "doesn't buy that for a second."
"It gets more disgusting. Guess who's paying that $900 million? Not the corporate executives who did this crime, but GM's shareholders. That may be you. The system is so rigged against you. And Madam Attorney General, wow! You sold us out fast," said Van Susteren, adding that she feels "hoodwinked" by Lynch.
Watch the commentary above.
Greta discussed the case Friday night with lawyer Ted Williams, who agreed that individuals at GM should have been held responsible.
Van Susteren pointed out that the two law firms who handled GM's internal investigation had previously done legal work for the company.
“This is slimy,” said Williams, adding that he sees it as an example of “money talks, other stuff walks.”
Watch the discussion below with Williams and New York Times reporter Danielle Ivory.