Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has called upon the Justice Department to investigate ExxonMobil for misleading the public about climate change and funding politicians to carry out that narrative.

Former US prosecutor Sharon Eubanks also stated that the DOJ should investigate ExxonMobil, and added that if multiple energy companies colluded in such a scam, then they could be charged under the RICO Act for racketeering, much like how Big Tobacco was in the 1990s.

Thom Hartmann and his panel discuss the issue in the segment of The Big Picture.

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Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at DeSmogBlog.com. He also hosts the weekly DeSmogCAST and serves as co-host for Ring of Fire on Free Speech TV. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced