Sen. Elizabeth Warren has seemed to enjoy her bulldog role in the 2016 election, chasing down GOP candidate Donald Trump‘s more egregious statements and firing back on Twitter. But much as she owns a strong Twitter style, Warren is really in her element in Senate hearings where there are rules and obligations of conduct. Trump — though it’s unlikely — can ignore what Warren throws at him if he wants. But Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf can’t. He has to answer her.
What Warren was most interested in during her questioning of Stumpf was what he means by “responsibility.” Stumpf presided over the bank during a years-long scam now being investigated by the Senate. He has said repeatedly, Warren notes, that he is “accountable.” This is the part she doesn’t understand — what accountability and responsibility mean at Wells Fargo. Has Stumpf, she asks repeatedly, “returned one nickel of the millions of dollars you were paid while this scam was going on?” Guess the answer.