This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, January 29, 2015:
Following a meeting between Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.) and the chairman and vice-chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation on Wednesday morning, the FDIC issued some changes in how it will enforce Operation Chokepoint.
Luetkemeyer, a member of the House Financial Services Committee, and Representative Darrel Issa (R-Calif.) who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, have focused on the abuses, intimidation, and blackmail tactics used in the Operation Chokepoint program to shut down retail gun shops, along with payday lenders and other businesses suffering from what the Obama administration calls “reputational” risks.
In what Kelsey Harkness, a journalist at the Daily Signal, called “dramatic steps” in the battle to dismantle the program, she said that Luetkemeyer told her in a telephone conversation: