Participating in a panel discussion at O’Melveny & Myers, former Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division Alice Fisher and other former Bush DOJ officials expressed concern about the new enforcement environment, reports the BLT.
Fisher, now a partner at Latham & Watkins, likened the Obama administration’s stepped up enforcement to Dr. Octopus, a villian from the Spiderman movies, “His arms just keep going and going and going,” she said.
The rhetoric sounded like talk you hear during campaign season.
Former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Chuck Rosenberg said that businesses feel like they are taking “a walk in the woods with a very hungry grizzly bear. …The bear’s going to get you if you’re a lagger.”
Former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff simply stated, “It’s going to be rough, is the bottom line.” Chertoff is now senior of counsel at Covington & Burling.
The panel was moderated by former Bush Homeland Security adviser to Ken Wainstein, who is a partner at O’Melveny.