by | last updated on January 10, 2016

Washington (Jan. 30) — Assistant attorney general of the Criminal Division, Lanny Breuer, is leaving the Justice Department. Breuer gained notoriety for defending president Bill Clinton against impeachment and for defending four-time Cy Young award winner, Roger Clemens.
“Serving as assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division has been the greatest privilege of my professional life,” Breuer said in a statement. “From my first day on this job nearly four years ago, I have loved it, and I am so proud of what the Criminal Division has accomplished over the past four years,” Breuer said.
The announcement came the day after a federal judge in New Orleans approved the largest package of criminal fines and penalties in U.S. history. In 2010, Attorney General Eric Holder had named Breuer to oversee the Deepwater Horizon Task Force. The record amount of the settlement in the guilty plea will cost BP $4 billion and lets Breuer to depart the Justice Department on a positive note.
Many have criticized Breuer for failing to bring major prosecutions against the nation’s largest financial institutions responsible for financial crisis in 2008 and 2009. Breuer maintained that the banks and their employees needed to be protected against an implosion that could cause greater problems.
Breuer was the top administration official who faced criticism for ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious. Breuer ultimately apologized for an inaccurate letter to a senator in which the Justice Department denied the ATF allowed guns to be smuggled to Mexican drug cartels.