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Luetkemeyer: Appalled by Blatant Intimidation and Bias Employed by Unelected Bureaucrats

For many years, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03)  Chairman of the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee has led the charge against the Obama Justice Department’s aptly named “Operation Choke Point.” Today, newly-unsealed court documents revealed additional information about the unconscionable breadth of this initiative. Chairman Luetkemeyer released the following statement:

“For the last five years I have fought to end the Obama Administration’s ideologically driven initiative against individuals and legal businesses. Today, we learned of additional compelling evidence exposing the vindictive bureaucrats who crusaded against legitimate businesses by starving them of access to financial services. Our worst fears were realized, despite the previous administration’s attempts to defend its actions,” said Chairman Luetkemeyer. “I am appalled by the blatant intimidation and bias employed by unelected bureaucrats to play partisan politics with the livelihood of our citizens. No matter your ideological leanings, the American government should not be able to destroy all that you have worked for.”

The documents were released as part of the Plaintiffs’ Motion for Summary Judgment in the lawsuit Advance America et al. v. Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. et al.

Background: On December 11, 2017 the House passed H.R. 2706, the Financial Institution Customer Protection Act by a vote of 395-2. This legislation, sponsored by Congressman Luetkemeyer, would end Operation Choke Point.