WASHIGNTON — Rep. Barney Frank is calling on state and federal officials to reconsider prosecuting banks for the sins of smaller institutions they were pressured to acquire at the height of the financial crisis.

Frank, who was the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee during the meltdown, said JPMorgan Chase, for example, purchased Bear Stearns at the "strong request" of the Federal Reserve and then-Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson.

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