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Buffett defends Blankfein:

OMAHA, Neb.— Warren Buffett offered a vigorous defense of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Saturday, saying the embattled firm hadn’t engaged in improper activity and shouldn’t be blamed for the losses of its clients.

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Mr. Buffett’s comments—which came early in the day at Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s annual shareholders meeting—offer a powerful vote of confidence in Goldman, which has seen its shares slide since the SEC announced the investigation on April 16. Goldman’s stock fell 9.4% on Friday alone after it emerged that the Manhattan district attorney’s office was conducting a preliminary criminal probe into its mortgage-trading activities.

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The billionaire investor said he fully supported Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein. Asked if he could choose a successor for Mr. Blankfein, Mr. Buffett said: “If Lloyd had a twin brother I’d go for him.”

But he does, Mr. Buffett, he does.

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