Govt Attorneys Pulled Greenberg From Witness List [REPORT]

Fox Business Network’s (FBN) Liz Claman reports government attorneys pulled former American International Group Inc (NYSE:AIG) CEO Maurice “Hank” Greenberg from the Starr vs. U.S. witness list after, “weighing the benefits of putting him on the stand.” Claman further reported the concern was, “when cross-examined by his own attorney David Boies, Greenberg might be given a chance to articulate what he has maintained was a private, not taxpayer-funded solution to the AIG liquidity crisis.”

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On pulling Greenberg from the witness list:

“Justice Department attorneys abruptly erased former (AIG) CEO Maurice “Hank” Greenberg, a central figure in the case from its Starr v. U.S. witness list on concerns Greenberg’s testimony might possibly erode their defense. Sources close to the matter tell the FOX Business Network that government attorneys in the $40 billion taxpayer-funded bailout lawsuit were weighing the benefits of putting Greenberg on the stand when they decided to pull him.”

On government attorney’s concerns:

“The concern, these sources say, was that when cross-examined by his own attorney David Boies, Greenberg might be given a chance to articulate what he has maintained was a private, not taxpayer-funded  solution to the AIG liquidity crisis. Sources tell FOX Business that Justice Department attorneys were focused on the potential that the 89-year-old insurance executive would testify that he tried “multiple times” during the financial crisis to reach former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Timothy Geithner, who was then head of the New York Federal Reserve, to offer private solutions to AIG’s liquidity problem.”

On if Greenberg had testified:

“If Greenberg were to have taken the stand in Federal Claims Court, he would have likely been asked to specifically outline what type of private market solutions he had at the ready as the insurance giant faced a massive liquidity crunch during the financial crisis. Sources said government attorneys would have tried to highlight holes in Greenberg’s assertion that he had the ability on short notice to cobble together a private equity bailout with the help of foreign sovereign wealth funds that included China and Singapore.”

On when the case will rest:

“Government lawyers are expected to rest their case as soon as Friday. Sources say presiding Judge Thomas Wheeler is expected to set a date for closing arguments shortly thereafter. A written opinion in the case may come during the first quarter of 2015.”