Timmy might have bigger problems than his inability to use Turbo Tax. Neil Barofsky, Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or SIGTARP, is looking into filing charges in the New York Fed’s handling of the AIG–Goldman Sachs monkey business. From Bloomberg:
“The TARP watchdog has…criticized Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner in reports and in congressional testimony for his handling of the process by which insurance giant American International Group Inc. was saved from insolvency in 2008, when Geithner was head of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
The secrecy that enveloped the deal was unwarranted, Barofsky says, adding that his probe of an alleged New York Fed coverup in the AIG case could result in criminal or civil charges.
In Senate Finance Committee testimony on April 20, Barofsky said SIGTARP would investigate seven AIG-linked mortgage-related securities similar to Abacus 2007-AC1, the instrument underwritten by Goldman Sachs Group Inc. that is at the center of a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit filed against the investment bank on April 16. “
All I want for Christmas (or Memorial Day, or the 4th of July, or Labor Day, or…) is a REAL Treasury Secretary, not a Wall Street lackey who is susceptible to whiplash every time Jamie Dimon or Lloyd Blankfein make a sudden move. Barofsky, make my wish come true.