WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve Board sought to keep the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and Securities and Exchange Commission in the dark about its role in pressuring Bank of America Corp. to complete its deal for Merrill Lynch & Co., according to documents obtained by American Banker

In an e-mail exchange late last year, Fed officials said they planned to avoid mentioning the Fed's negotiations with B of A chief executive Kenneth Lewis on a conference call with OCC officials.

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