Bank of America's Moynihan Remembers Nothing (Except Maybe Breakfast?)

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As always Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi serves up some pretty entertaining reading after taking the time to wade through hundreds of pages of deposition from Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) CEO Brian Moynihan.

The broad theme of the piece (and the deposition) is that Moynihan apparently recalls nothing about anything having to do with one of the largest banks in the world, despite the fact that he runs the darn thing. Of course, if you want to zoom in on the reality of the situation, Taibbi does give a grudging nod to that:

There's nothing surprising about any of this – it's natural that a Bank of America executive would do everything he could to deny responsibility for Countrywide's messes. But that doesn't mean it's not funny. By about the thirtieth "I don't recall," I was laughing out loud.

In other words, if you're wrapped up in our wonderful legal system, flanked by an army of corporate lawyers, with billions of dollars on the line, "I don't recall" is pretty much your best friend. It's sad that a situation like this can't just be hashed out with honesty and straight-forwardness, but I'll leave it at that lest I veer off into fantasy land.

What we do know for very sure is that the outcome of the showdown between B of A and MBIA (NYSE: MBI) will be a big deal for shareholders. Of course, as it stands, Mr. Market has already marked down B of A's shares as if a less-than-stellar outcome on suits like this is expected.


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