Barclays bank headquarters in Canary Wharf in east London. AFP / Carl COURT
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Legal and investigative delays at the U.S. Department of Justice are thwarting efforts by three of Britain's biggest banks to rehabilitate themselves after the global financial crash and other problems, the banks' chief executives have said.For Barclays, RBS and Standard Chartered, hopes that their unresolved cases in the United States can be settled this year have been clouded by delays in appointing key staff at the DOJ since Donald Trump became president.RBS Chief Executive Ross McEwan said Friday it was possible his bank would not be able to settle a similar case with the DOJ this year.Barclays Chief Executive Jes Staley last month told reporters he did not know when his bank would be able to resolve its lawsuit with the DOJ.One of the bank chief executives, who did not wish to be named criticizing the DOJ, said delays in filling key roles at the department had played their part in the slow progress toward resolving issues with British banks.
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