June 08, 2005

Wyden, Fellow Senators Call for Immediate Investigation of Justice Department Action in Tobacco Case

Washington, D.C. - At a press conference on Wednesday, June 8, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) sharply criticized the U.S. Justice Department for inexplicably reducing its demands in a Federal racketeering case against tobacco companies to $120 billion less than the companies could be asked to pay for anti-smoking programs. Wyden has joined U.S. Senators Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and others in requesting an Inspector General investigation of the Justice Department's sudden and inappropriate action in the tobacco case. Click on the link below to see the letter that was sent on Wednesday.