Lawmakers call for change after 60 Minutes report

After watching Steve Kroft's 60 Minutes story, members of Congress say it shouldn't be so easy to conceal ownership of companies

On Sunday, 60 Minutes aired a story in which hidden camera footage showed what happened when New York City attorneys were presented with a pitch to help move questionable funds into the U.S. Some, including a former president of the American Bar Association, offered off-the-cuff advice on how it could be done. Only one attorney flatly declined to help, and ended the meeting.

Several viewers watching compared it to something out of a drama series:

Less than 24 hours later, lawmakers in both the Senate and the House moved to act.

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Rep. Peter King (R-NY) and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) announced they'll be introducing legislation to crack down on the creation of anonymous companies, sometimes used to launder money.

Beyond lawmakers, there were lawyers watching the broadcast -- some of whom were disappointed to find their colleagues in hot water:

I am usually proud to say that I am an attorney. After this episode of 60 Minutes, I needed to take a shower.

Posted by Alan Ramos on Sunday, January 31, 2016

Other viewers were bothered by 60 Minutes' use of hidden camera footage:

But ultimately, one viewer argued, none of the lawyers committed a crime:

Of course, attorney Jeffrey Herrmann didn't listen politely. He declined the offer with a wave of his hand and said, "This ain't for me." His response may have won him some new business: