Paulson says Lehman bailout was never an option

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson says the American people can remain confident in the "soundness and resilience in the American financial system."

Briefing reporters at the White House, Paulson said he "never once" considered it would be appropriate to put taxpayer money at risk to resolve the problems at Lehman Brothers. The nation's fourth largest investment bank filed for bankruptcy protection earlier Monday.

Starting Friday, Paulson participated in three tense days of negotiations at the New York Federal Reserve Bank in which he held firm to the position that the federal government would not step in and supply any money to resolve the crisis at Lehman.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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