Helluva scoop here: Barr's DOJ shut down an attempt by frontline prosecutors to criminally charge Wal-Mart over opioids.
NEW===> A Republican US Attorney in Texas wanted to indict Walmart over opioid dispensing. Trump appointees at the DOJ quashed it. From me and
Stunning. Even as Walmart pharmacists protested, the company kept filling suspicious prescriptions, stoking the country’s opioid epidemic. A Republican U.S. Attorney in Texas thought the evidence was damning. Trump’s political appointees? Not so much.
Prosecutors planned to indict Walmart for pushing opiod sales over pharmacists' concerns. Trump appointees killed the criminal case, then stonewalled the civil one. A prosecutor resigned in protest: “Corporations cannot poison Americans with impunity."
Even as company pharmacists protested, Walmart kept filling suspicious prescriptions, stoking the country’s opioid epidemic. A Republican U.S. Attorney in Texas thought the evidence was damning. Trump’s political appointees? Not so much.
This is a heck of a story from & about how Walmart avoided criminal indictment over its opioid dispensing practices & so far has put off even a settlement. Internal docs, vivid descriptions of private meetings...just stunning work
If you read one story NOT about the virus today, make it this one. Just out ⁦
ProPublica: Walmart was almost charged criminally over opioids. Trump appointees killed the indictment. "A Republican U.S. Attorney in Texas thought the evidence was damning. Trump's political appointees? Not so much."
2 details of this story on how Billy Barr's DOJ let WalMart go unpunished for its opioid drug-dealing deserve more attention. First, he let them blow off a subpoena. So it's not just Trump's entire Admin that Barr believes are above process.
MAJOR STORY: Walmart Was Almost Charged Criminally Over Opioids. Trump Appointees Killed the Indictment.
The US attorney for the Eastern District of Texas, a Trump appointee, suddenly announced his resignation today. He gave no explanation. To read about his battle with the administration over his attempt to prosecute Walmart, read ProPublica's story
Even as company pharmacists protested, Walmart kept filling suspicious prescriptions, stoking the country’s opioid epidemic. A Republican U.S. Attorney in Texas thought the evidence was damning. Trump’s political appointees? Not so much.
BOMBSHELL story shows Trump DOJ political appointees overruled career prosecutors who wanted to indict Walmart over opioid violations. Here's Deputy AG Rosenstein leaping to the corporation's defense. Shameful.
Every American, especially those hit hard by opioid abuse, should read this story by and . It is infuriating.
For its role in the opioid crisis DOJ prosecutors wanted to criminally charge Wal-Mart, which refused to cut off doctors its pharmacists knew were bad actors. Wal-Mart leaned on DOJ not only to quash that case, but, it appears, any civil action as well.
Walmart Was Almost Charged Criminally Over Opioids. Trump Appointees Killed the Indictment.
This is an important and fascinating (non-COVID19) story. and reveal what would have been an amazing breakthrough: Walmart criminally charged for sketchy opioid practice. Trump's DOJ said No.
Walmart Was Almost Charged Criminally Over Opioids. Trump Appointees Killed the Indictment.
Walmart Was Almost Charged Criminally Over Opioids. Trump Appointees Killed the Indictment.
A long, deeply-reported story about how has so far escaped criminal and civil prosecution over its lax prescriptions of opioids, via ⁦ #csr
"In its dealings with the DOJ, Walmart pursued a classic strategy. It relied on Jones Day, an influential law firm that has salted officials throughout the Trump administration."