General Motors has consistently been a topic of U.S. politics since the automaker was bailed out and proceeded to file for bankruptcy. As much as GM CEO, Mary Barra, is ready to move forward, politics have a tricky way of bringing things back to the limelight.
Republican presidential candidate, Chris Christie, commented during last night’s CNBC debate that he would have prosecuted executives at GM, as told by The Detroit News. Christie is a former U.S. attorney.
“This Justice Department under this president has been a political Justice Department,” Christie said. “They like General Motors, so they give them a pass. They don’t like someone else like (Retired Gen.) David Petraeus. They prosecute them and sent a decorated general to disgrace,” he commented during the debate.
GM was charged by Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara with two felonies, but a deferred prosecution agreement has the U.S. dropping them and the criminal investigation. GM will pay $900 million and be subject to three years of federal oversight.
Bharara has gone on the record to state it was simply too difficult to charge individuals in the ignition-switch recall scandal, blaming federal law gaps.