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US secretly tried to make deal with Goldman Sachs in wake of financial crisis
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By John Byrne
Wednesday, September 30th, 2009 -- 9:11 am


Warren Buffett balked at conflict of interest

BREAKING 10:08 AM ET:Vanity Fair will report in the next issue of the magazine that US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson -- a former head of the investment bank Goldman Sachs -- tried to orchestrate secretive deals in the midst of the financial crisis but got blowback from prominent investor Warren Buffett. The following press release was obtained by Raw Story; the magazine appears today on newsstands in New York and Los Angeles.

NEW YORK, N.Y.The government secretly tried to orchestrate a deal involving Goldman Sachs in the week following Lehman Brothers collapse and considered using the Federal Reserve to help support such a transaction, Andrew Ross Sorkin reports in the new issue of Vanity Fair.

In an excerpt from his forthcoming book, Too Big To Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial Systemand Themselves, Sorkin reports that the deal, which was nearly consummated, would have merged Goldman Sachs and Wachovia. Henry M. Paulson, the Treasury secretary and former C.E.O. of Goldman, was deeply involved in the process, contacting both Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman's current C.E.O., and a Wachovia board member, and strongly urged both to consider it. Wachovias C.E.O., Robert Steel, was a former vice-chairman at Goldman Sachs and Paulsons former number two at the Treasury Department.

http://rawstory.com/2009/09/us-secretly-tried-to-make-deals-with-goldman-sachs/?ref=patrick.net
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