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Lawmaker asks Justice Department to investigate JPMorgan power trading

Lawmaker asks Justice Department to investigate JPMorgan power trading

(Reuters) – A Congressman on Wednesday called on the Department of Justice to investigate JPMorgan Chase & Co’s (JPM.N) power trading in Michigan, as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) considers whether to sanction the firm.

Michigan Congressman Dan Kildee, a Democrat who sits on the Committee on Financial Services, said in a letter to the DoJ that it should pursue its own investigation into JPMorgan to see if it manipulated electricity markets.

The bank has told shareholders it has been notified by FERC staff that they intend to recommend that the five members of the commission take action over an alleged manipulative trading scheme in Michigan and California earlier this decade.

JPMorgan has denied that it manipulated power markets, and has vowed to “vigorously defend” itself and its employees.

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