WASHINGTON — Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, are pressing the Department of Justice over concerns that the agency has failed to prosecute some of the nation's largest financial institutions for various financial crimes.

Brown, a senior member of the Senate Banking Committee, and Grassley, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, warned in a letter Tuesday that public confidence in the Justice Department is undermined by the perception that recent settlements with large financial institutions are motivated by market concerns.

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