Breuer Wins Praise for Reforms, Gets Mixed Reviews on Enforcement - Corruption Currents - WSJ


Lanny Breuer, the outgoing head of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, is leaving an organization he reshaped but has an enforcement record on certain issues that led to mixed reviews.

Breuer, who was confirmed to the position in April 2009, is the longest-serving head of the Criminal Division in recent history, the Justice Department said in a statement. He will step down March 1, the statement said. More coverage of his departure is here, here and here.

Among other things, he was involved in developing the Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative, spearheaded the development of the division’s Money Laundering and Bank Integrity Unit, oversaw increased prosecution of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the release of landmark FCPA guidance, the statement noted.

Corruption Currents spoke to some of his former colleagues, and critics, about his legacy.