Loretta Lynch's Justice Department Just Launched a Full-Blown Offensive Against FIFA

Loretta Lynch's Justice Department Just Launched a Full-Blown Offensive Against FIFA


By:  Nora Kelly
National Journal


Loretta Lynch's Justice Department unsealed a 47-count indictment Wednesday morning laden with racketeering, corruption, and conspiracy charges against 14 defendants associated with FIFA, the world soccer association, and international soccer organizations.

It's the latest in a series of high-profile moves from the Justice Department since Lynch became attorney general last month, including its investigations into police misconduct in Baltimore. The indictment originated in the Eastern District of New York—where Lynch served as U.S. attorney until her confirmation—and was supported by an FBI investigation into FIFA's dealings...

...Until Wednesday's events, the controversy surrounding FIFA ahead of Friday's election has largely centered on those two upcoming World Cups, for which Russia and Qatar, respectively, won bids. On Tuesday, Sens. John McCain and Robert Menendez sent a letter to FIFA calling on the organization to elect someone other than Blatter—who was not named in the indictment—as president. The two want a new leader who will yank the cup from Vladimir Putin's Russia because of its military conduct in Ukraine.

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