Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) delivered a petition to the Justice Department building on Wednesday afternoon calling for a criminal investigation into investment firm Goldman Sachs.
The petition from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, signed by 140,000 people, urges the DOJ to investigate the firm’s actions leading up to the 2008 financial crisis. Kaptur also wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, asking him to open a probe.
“While the SEC lacks the authority to act beyond civil actions, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has the power to file criminal actions against those who commit financial fraud,” Kaptur wrote. “We ask assurance from you that the U.S. Department of Justice is closely looking at this case and similar cases to further investigate and prosecute the criminals involved in this, and other financially fraudulent acts.”
Alisa Finelli from the Office of Public Affairs accepted the petition on behalf of DOJ after Kaptur held a news conference outside the department’s headquarters.