This day is just getting weirder by the minute, as the floodwall holding all the pent-up Goldman inquiries finally breaks. The latest comes from Hugh Son at Bloomberg who informs that Elijah Cummings and Peter Defazio now insist that the SEC should "widen its probe to determine whether securities backed by bailed-out insurer American International Group Inc. were improperly created." And "should any of these transactions be found to include fraudulent conduct, any resulting contractual payments from AIG- issued credit-default swaps could be viewed as ill-gotten gains." We'll be happy with Goldman paying back the several billion over and above what the Fed paid it to make its returns on AIG CDS at par. In other words, any profit that Goldman made by buying CDS on AIG, then covering when it knew full well the government would bail out AIG, constitutes insider trading as we have claimed before, and the $2 billion in CDS-related profits on AIG should be immediately refunded.
More from Bloomberg:
It is "not beyond the realm of comprehension" that Goldman Sachs misled investors on collateralized debt obligations apart from the one cited last week by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Democratic Representatives Elijah Cummings and Peter DeFazio said in a letter to be sent to SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro. AIG, rescued by the U.S. in 2008, insured about $6 billion of Goldman Sachs CDOs named Abacus.
"Should any of these transactions be found to include fraudulent conduct, any resulting contractual payments from AIG- issued credit-default swaps could be viewed as ill-gotten gains," Cummings and DeFazio wrote. "It is imperative that the SEC pursue the recovery from Goldman Sachs of any fraudulently obtained AIG payments."