The obstruction of justice charge filed against Volkswagen AG on Wednesday pertains not only to lies by employees to federal regulators, but also to actions by VW’s in-house legal team, according to statements attached to the plea agreement.
The statements say VW in-house attorneys tipped off employees about an oncoming litigation hold. And at least one in-house counsel apparently indicated to employees that they should destroy certain documents and a hard drive that pertained to VW’s emissions cheating issues.
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