Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. defended the U.S. Department of Justice’s track record holding large companies and financial institutions accountable for wrongdoing, telling lawmakers on Capitol Hill that the agency’s record “will stand the test of time.”

“We have gotten pleas both from institutions and from individuals,” Holder testified today at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing. “We’ve also done creative and, I think, appropriate things, appropriately aggressive things, with regard to our use of the civil law as well.”

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