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Monday, August 10, 2009

Goldman Sachs on Treasury Secretary Paulson's Speed Dial

Items of Interest:

Hank Paulson made frequent calls to Goldman SachsNY Times:
Paulson’s Calls to Goldman Tested Ethics -- Before he became President George W. Bush’s Treasury secretary in 2006, Henry M. Paulson Jr. agreed to hold himself to a higher ethical standard than his predecessors. He not only sold all his holdings in Goldman Sachs, the investment bank he had run, but also specifically said that he would avoid any substantive interaction with Goldman executives for his entire term unless he first obtained an ethics waiver from the government.

But today, seven months after Mr. Paulson left office, questions are still being asked about his part in decisions last fall to prop up the teetering financial system with tens of billions of taxpayer dollars, including aid that directly benefited his former firm...

During the week of the A.I.G. bailout alone, Mr. Paulson and Mr. Blankfein spoke two dozen times, the calendars show, far more frequently than Mr. Paulson did with other Wall Street executives....

Yves Smith / naked capitalism: Quelle Surprise! Hank Paulson and Goldman CEO Talked to Each Other a Lot!
Raw Story: The secret history of TARP: How Goldman bailed out Goldman...
Daniel Tencer / Prairie Weather: Questioning the obvious
The Big Picture: Looking at Hank Paulson’s Ethics
Douglas McIntyre / DailyFinance: More questions lead to more dirt on Paulson
Zero Hedge: The Misunderstood Treasury-Goldman Connection
Zero Hedge:
Sergey Aleynikov Strikes Back, Files Goldman Subpoena -- Sergey's alleged Goldman code-theft case, which seemed to be on the fast track to being promptly settled out of court, just took an odd turn. Matt Goldstein over at Reuters reports that instead of keeping quiet, Sergey has taken the offensive and has filed a subpoena on Goldman Sachs, "seeking access to some information." Goldman's response is a not very surprising motion in federal court to quash the subpoena. Either this is a red herring by Sergey, trying to make his plea deal case stronger, or there is indeed something in Goldman's books that needs further observation, and would, presumably, shed much needed light on either the Aleynikov affair, HFT, or both...
Zero Hedge:
Sergey Subpoena Update, Or The Goldman DOJ Connection -- We have learned that Goldman has retained the exalted law firm of Boies, Schiller & Flexner, to quash the Aleynikov subpoena request. The lead partner on submitted papers is Matthew Friedrich, former assistant attorney general at the DOJ and deputy chief of staff to fomer US Attorney General, Michael Mukasey...

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