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-- trouble for President Obama as nominee for labor secretary and blistering report finds that Thomas Perez.
May have misused his power in a deal to settle a case that was destined for the Supreme Court potentially costing taxpayers.
Hundreds of millions of dollars.
Peter -- is live -- in Washington with more on this so Peter how did this quid pro quo developed.
Heather the short version of this story based on a new 67 page long joint congressional report that's titled.
How assistant attorney general Tomas Perez manipulated justice and ignored the rule of law.
Is that president Obama's labor secretary nominee Thomas Perez told the mayor.
-- Saint Paul, Minnesota Christopher Coleman back in February 2012 that the Justice Department.
Would stay out of whistle blower cases brought against the city.
If the city of Saint Paul would drop a Supreme Court appeal that was pending at the time.
This report was put together by Republican senator Chuck Grassley and Republican congressman Bob good -- part of it says.
Quote the agreement struck between assistant attorney general -- and mayor Coleman.
-- -- closed door meeting resulted not only in the withdrawal of the appeal.
But also the fatal weakening of a whistle blower lawsuit potentially worth 200 million dollars to the federal treasury so.
This report paints a picture that the only winners in this deal.
-- the Justice Department and the city's Saint Paul, Minnesota and that the biggest losers were whistle blowers and taxpayers.
-- -- speaking of the Justice Department -- have they responded to this report at all yet.
-- report hasn't been officially publicly released yet but -- Justice Department spokeswoman told us that everything.
Was above board and -- quote the letter the litigation decisions made by the department.
We're in the best interest of the United States and were consistent with the department's legal ethical and professional responsibility obligations.
The DOJ also says that they help three step briefings 24 hours of additional testimony and reviewed.
Pages of documents before.
Deciding not to intervene in those whistle blower lawsuits at a Peter -- live for us in Washington thank you Peter.
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