By Julio Rosas – Re-Blogged From Independent Journal Review
“Operation Choke Point” — a program started by the Department of Justice (DOJ) during the Obama administration — will no longer continue under Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Republicans have claimed the goal of “Operation Choke Point” was to pressure the banks to cut off legitimate companies from using their services. In particular, critics said the program was used to specifically target gun sellers.
The DOJ announced the discontinuation of the program Wednesday in a letter to House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte. In the letter, Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd called “Operation Choke Point” a “misguided initiative conducted during the previous administration”:
We share your view that law abiding businesses should not be targeted simply for operating in an industry that a particular administration might disfavor. Enforcement decisions should always be made be based on facts and the applicable law.
“All of the Department’s bank investigations conducted as part of Operation Choke Point are now over, the initiative is no longer in effect, and it will not be undertaken again,” Boyd added.
Boyd also stated because of subpoenas, some criminal activity had been discovered, adding “the Department continues to pursue those ancillary investigations, none relates to or seeks to deter lawful conduct.”