Reid wants GOP to disclose details of meeting with investment execs 

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is pressuring Republicans to reveal what took place when top leaders from their party met with financial executives earlier this month.

Reid spokesman Jim Manley Monday, accused Republicans of "back room negotiations," with Wall Street executives over financial regulatory reform.

“Senators McConnell and Cornyn should immediately reveal what they discussed earlier this month during secret, closed-door meeting with Wall Street executives in New York City," Manley said. "Years of greed and excess on Wall Street cost 8 million jobs and trillions in wealth for middle-class families and small businesses. Since Republicans appear to be conducting back room negotiations with these same people who took our economy to the brink of collapse, the public deserves to know what secret deals and carve-outs Republicans are offering Wall Street executives in exchange for their support.”

Reid said Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., "dodged questions" on the subject during an interview on CNN Sunday.

McConnell was asked by State of the Union host Candy Crowley why the Wall Street meeting included the Senate's chief campaign fundraiser, Senate Republican Campaign Committee Chairman John Cornyn, R-Texas.

Crowley told McConnell, "You have to admit that it raises suspicions when you are meeting with Wall Street executives, as I take it you did, with Senator Cornyn, who raises money for Republican races. Doesn't that sort of set you up for this sort of accusation? That you went in there with the fund-raiser to talk about, you know, we've got to fight this bill?"

McConnell said the meeting included talks about financial regulatory reform but denied any other motive for Conryn's presence.

"Senator Cornyn is a United States senator from Texas," McConnell said. "He is going to be voting on this issue like all the rest of us are, simply because we are all involved in politics, as is the president. It doesn't mean that we can't discuss issues with people that we meet around the country who are deeply involved and concerned about what we are doing."

 

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