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Prospective Attorney General Jeff Sessions Will Support the FCPA

January 27, 2017
Categories: Anti-corruption, Compliance, FCPA, News Articles

“You have to be strong…a prosecutor cannot be a weak-kneed person going up against a major corporation in a fraud case.” – Sen. Jeff Sessions


In a testimony before Senator Whitehouse (D – RI ) on January 17th, President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R – Ala) indicated his support for continued enforcement of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). During the ongoing confirmation process, Senator Sessions told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee (in writing) that he will enforce the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act if confirmed. He continued his support of international corporate fraud crack-down by confirming his support of enforcing all federal laws, including the FCPA. Senator Session’s support of strict FCPA enforcement contrasts with President Trump’s previous criticism of the FCPA in an interview with CNBC. Trump is quoted as stating “[the FCPA is a] horrible law and it should be changed… [the US is] like the policemen for the world…it’s ridiculous”.


The FCPA can be read here.
The full transcript of Questions for the Record submitted January 17, 2017 by Senator Whitehouse in the nomination of Jeff Sessions can be read here.