In 2010, Warren said she was grateful for the work of Paul Atkins, a former SEC commissioner who was serving on a congressional oversight panel…
Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released a “report card” for President Trump’s first six months in office. While that report card’s release made little to no news, there was one notable name that the report attacks.
Paul Atkins, a former Securities and Exchange commissioner, is singled out by Warren and Whitehouse as someone who is an “outspoken critic” of levying fines on financial institutions.
It’s a curious decision, particularly on the part of Warren, who has a well-documented history of praising Atkins.
Atkins, who had served as SEC commissioner from 2002 to 2008, was appointed by Congress in 2009 to serve as a member of a congressional oversight panel for the Trouble Asset Relief Program, or TARP.
Upon his appointment, Warren said she looked forward to working with Atkins, whom she described in a statement as someone who “will bring valuable insights to the Congressional Oversight Panel’s efforts to increase the accountability of the Troubled Asset Relief Program.”
Then, in May 2010 upon the completion of his work on the panel, Warren again praised Atkins:
“Paul has provided unique insights and a keen understanding of the financial markets to the Panel’s work to bring accountability to the Troubled Asset Relief Program,” Warren said in a press release. “I am very grateful for his service to the American people and wish him the best.”
Eager to “score points” on Trump any way she can, it seems Warren is overlooking her past praise of Atkins to accomplish her present-day goals.
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