House to Subpoena Fed Over Merrill Deal

Discussion in 'Wall St. News' started by ASusilovic, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. WASHINGTON -- U.S. House lawmakers on Tuesday said they would file a subpoena to compel the Federal Reserve to turn over internal notes and emails detailing the central bank's role in encouraging Bank of America Corp. to complete its acquisition of Merrill Lynch & Co.

    The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, chaired by Rep. Edolphus Towns (D., N.Y.), has asked the Fed to turn over documents requested by the panel last week. The documents requested include emails to and from Chairman Ben Bernanke, as well as handwritten notes from meetings and conversations involving Bernanke, then Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Bank of America CEO Kenneth Lewis.

    The request is being made ahead of a Thursday hearing in which Mr. Lewis is scheduled to appear before House lawmakers. Congressional investigators have been investigating the details of Bank of America's acquisition of Merrill Lynch, as well as the government's decision to give the company $20 billion in additional government aid in January.

    Additionally, lawmakers have been examining testimony given by Mr. Lewis to New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo in which he suggested top Fed and Treasury officials pressured him to complete the deal for Merrill Lynch despite ballooning losses at the securities firm.

    That´s going to be funny...
  2. Give me control of a nations money and I care not who makes it's laws.
  3. The Fed is immune from subpoenas and FOIA requests because they are a private entity.

    This is actually the position they took when they were defending against a FOIA request regarding recipients of the TARP/TALF funds, with Bloomberg and other media outlets attempting to force them to cough up the info.

    We'll see if a congressional subpoena is any more respected by the elite that is the Federal Reserve.