Make it simple. Robo-signing is forgery. Forgery is a legal term. Hiding GSEs as real party in interest is fraudulent concealment and also a legal term. If Mnuchin understood the rule of law surely he would not have knowingly participated in this corruption. On the other hand, if he knew… well, couldn’t that play the “intent” card? No wonder he got huffy.
It seemed like the Treasury Secretary doth protest a bit too much as a Shakespearean drama unfolded at a July 27th meeting of the House Financial Services Subcommittee . Steven Mnuchin, like some wayward damsel in distress, took deep umbrage at Representative Keith Ellison’s (D-MN) suggestion that he was anything but an honest, ethical banker; albeit one who headed up the hyper-controversial OneWest Bank.
The ghosts of banking’s past seemed to surface with a vengeance when the term “robo-signing” — a foreclosure short-cut liberally used by OneWest — was hurled his way by the Congressman. This, in turn, proved too much for the normally passive Treasury boss who decided, like Network’s, Howard Beale, he was angry, really angry and wasn’t going to take it any more.
In prickly fashion he loaded up his blunderbuss and unloaded some lead balls Ellison’s way:
Do you even know what Robo-signing…
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