The normally rambunctious Business Insider office went totally silent this afternoon when former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer went on CNBC to be interviewed by Maria Bartiromo.
The general topic: Malfeasance on Wall Street, using the latest LIBOR and JPM stuff as a peg.
Where things get really tense is in the second half of the interview when the subject turns to Hank Greenberg, whom Spitzer went after as New York AG.
Around the 7:30 mark, the question turns to whether Spitzer’s pursuit of Greenberg was merely a personal vendetta, with no basis in reality.
This goes on for a bit, and Maria presses Sptizer on some comments he may or may have not said that sounded threatening to Hank Greenberg’s law firm.
But then around the 10:20 mark, Bartiromo challenges Sptizer’s use of the f-word (fraud), at which point Spitzer aggressively defends himself, saying, “Facts matter Maria… I know this is cable TV, but facts matter.”
Then it gets REALLY intense at the 11 mark, when Spitzer presses Maria on whether she’s read a certain document eventually saying “You are under oath right now!… I am being very serious right now, you’re not a national TV program.”
To which Maria responds “I am not under oath with you…. I am not in your courtroom, you are on my show!”
Right around the 12:07 mark it sounds like Bartiromo is trying to wrap it up, but then they let it go for another minute.
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