May 16, 2012 / 3:51 PM / 6 years ago

FBI's Mueller confirms JPMorgan preliminary probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - FBI Director Robert Mueller on Wednesday confirmed that the agency has opened a “preliminary investigation” into JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N), the nation’s largest bank.

A security guard patrols outside the JP Morgan Chase & Co annual shareholders meeting at the bank's back-office complex in Tampa, Florida, May 15, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Blanco

JPMorgan disclosed last week that it had suffered a multibillion-dollar trading loss due to a failed hedging strategy.

A person familiar with the matter said on Tuesday that the FBI’s New York office has opened a preliminary probe into the loss, which has been estimated at more than $2 billion.

    Mueller was testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

    When pressed by lawmakers about what legal violations JPMorgan may have committed, Mueller said: “All I can say is we’ve opened a preliminary investigation.”

    Mueller also said the timing of the investigation “depends on a number of factors.” He did not elaborate.

    Reporting By Lily Kuo; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick

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