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Keep This Delicate Flower Off The Witness Stand

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He's too gentle a soul to be subjected to the harsh interrogations of Hank Greenberg's hired thugs/lawyers. Plus, he's an open book: Read it.

Starr International Co., Greenberg’s closely held investment firm and an AIG shareholder, hasn’t shown the “extraordinary circumstances” needed to warrant the testimony because information on Bernanke’s role in the 2008 bailout can be obtained from other sources, the U.S. argued in a filing in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington.

“As a general rule, high-ranking government officials are not subject to depositions regarding the reasons for taking official actions,” Brian Mizoguchi, a Justice Department lawyer, wrote in the filing yesterday….

“Mr. Bernanke has important testimony to give in this case,” David Boies, a lawyer for Starr at Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, said in an e-mail. He said Starr will respond in court to the U.S. filing within the next couple of weeks.

Bernanke, 59, was served with a deposition notice on June 21 by Starr, which seeks to interview him on Aug. 16, according to the government’s filing. The U.S. contended that whatever Bernanke has to say is available from sources such as Board of Governors meeting minutes or depositions of lower-ranking officials.

Bernanke Needn't Testify in AIG Bailout Suit, U.S. Says [Bloomberg]