Bank of America—finally—said it won’t keep Countrywide’s president after it acquires the sloppy lender, the Los Angeles Times and WSJ report. The exec, David Sambol, will get $28 million for getting pushed out the door.

The LAT has our What Is a Bottle Washer? Quote of the Day, from Senator Chuck Schumer:

“Countrywide did more to contribute to the sub-prime mortgage crisis than anyone else,” Schumer said. “It always amazed me that Bank of America, which has a fine reputation, would want to keep someone who was in effect Countrywide’s chief cook and bottle washer on the scene.”
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Ryan Chittum is a former Wall Street Journal reporter, and deputy editor of The Audit, CJR's business section. If you see notable business journalism, give him a heads-up at rc2538@columbia.edu. Follow him on Twitter at @ryanchittum.