NPR: BOA Pressured By Feds? New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke pressured Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis to complete the bank's purchase of Merill Lynch. In a letter sent to members of Congress and federal regulators today, Cuomo says the government officials threated to get rid of the bank's management, including Lewis, if the deal did not go through. The Wall Street Journal reports: They also asked Lewis to mislead his stockholders, which is against SEC regulations. That could land these men in jail.