Sarbanes demands Pitt’s resignation.

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Senator Paul Sarbanes criticised Pitt for his selection of the 78-year old former FBI and CIA chief following a 3-2 vote, along party lines, by the SEC in favour of Webster’s appointment.

Sarbanes claimed that Pitt bowed to industry pressure not to appoint John Biggs, the former head of pension fund TIAA-CREF, damaging the reputation of the SEC as an independent body. Many accountants were worried that Biggs would tie the industry up in red tape if appointed.

Sarbanes said that the country would be best served if Pitt stepped down following what he considered a ‘dismal performance’ in appointing Webster.

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