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Weakening CRA Comptroller Otting Met Bank CEOs and Clarence Thomas Partial FOIA Shows

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SDNY COURT / BRONX, May 6 –  As US Comptroller of the Currency Joseph Otting moved toward closing the public comment period amid the COVID-19 pandemic on his widely criticized rule to weaken the Community Reinvestment Act, he took one-on-one input from JPMorgan Chase's Jaime Dimon, and the CEOs of Capital One, Santander, Citizens Bank and others.

  These others have their names obscured in the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's May 6 response to Inner City Press' February 12 Freedom of Information Act request for

"copies of records sufficient to show all of Comptroller Otting's scheduled meetings, appointments, and scheduled events from the date he became Comptroller to the date of your response including but not limited to Outlook calendar entries and daily briefing books for Comptroller Ottings on those dates."

   None of the briefing books have been provided, and many of the names of people Otting met with are obscured.

 Listed are, however, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Senator Tom Tillis (about "swaps") on June 10, 2019, and Rick Perry, twice.  View on Scribd; download on Patreon here.

  Along with Chase's Jaime Dimon, Otting conversed about CRA with former Chase CRA officer Mark Willis, and had a meeting about a "Project Madison," unexplained in the FOIA response.

   There are many empty days, a trip to Japan and the Philippines that is mostly empty but for MUFG, and page after page of "private appointment," "Do Not Schedule" and "Desk Time." There is a reference to "Citi Bank" that is obscured. Inner City Press is appealing under FOIA.

   While even Otting's partner in weakening CRA, the FDIC, has extended the comment period for foreign banks, Otting insists that excluding the public and community required to stay at home and closing his comment period is fine. The OCC's partial FOIA response to Inner City Press shows who Otting is working for. Watch this site.


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