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Jennifer Shasky Calvery

Senior U.S. Department of Justice officials overruled internal recommendations to prosecute global bank HSBC for money-laundering violations because of concerns about the stability of the financial system, according to a congressional report released on Monday.

In 2013, the Financial Services Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, led by Jeb Hensarling, a Republican of Texas, began investigating the Justice Department's November 2012 decision to enter into a $1.92 billion settlement agreement with HSBC. One of those responsible for this decision as head of FinCen was Jennifer Shasky Calvery, who left to work in London for HSBC.

Ms Shasky Calvery as U.S. Attorney also oversaw the prosecution of Egor M. Chernov, an associate of Vladimir Putin as per the sworn affidavit of Special Agent Gregory Coleman. Mr. Chernov was able to pay $100,000 in cash to the U.S. Treasure to pay his final fine and be freed.

The main witness against Mr. Chernov was Mr. Paul Combs.

Jennifer Shasky Calvery

Once Mr. Combs was released from jail in January 2010 he decided to reveal the truth and was scheduled to meet in July 2010 to do so once his gag order was lifted. In June 2010 Mr. Combs was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head. It was immediately ruled a suicide by the coroner before any toxicology tests or firearm tests were completed.

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