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BofA's Lewis: Feds urged quiet on Merrill

BofA's Lewis: Feds urged quiet on Merrill

New York's attorney general says government officials pressured Bank of America's CEO Ken Lewis to complete the bank's purchase of Merrill Lynch and threatened his job security.
A letter from New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's office released Thursday said Lewis testified in February that former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke threatened to oust Bank of America's management if the bank tried to back out of buying the investment bank.
The government helped orchestrate the acquisition of Merrill by Bank of America over the same weekend in September that another investment bank, Lehman Brothers, went under, setting off one of the most intense periods of the financial crisis.
Bank of America acquired New York-based Merrill Jan. 1.