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**FILE** Acting Associate Attorney General Tony West (right) speaks as New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (second from right), Stuart F. Delery (second from left), Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division, and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan stand by during a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington on Oct. 2, 2012, about the first legal action of the Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities (RMBS) Working Group. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division for the Justice Department Tony West speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington on Sept. 1, 2010. (Associated Press)

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From left, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division Ignacia Moreno, Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division Tony West and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi Don Burkhalter announce that the Justice Department has launched a criminal investigation into the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, in New Orleans, Tuesday, June 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Cheryl Gerber)