Barney Frank, former U.S. representative and co-author of the Dodd-Frank Act, said Tuesday on CNBC's "Closing Bell" that it would be embarrassing and wrong if JPMorgan ended up being compensated by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.
"It was not my recollection that Washington Mutual was forced upon JPMorgan Chase and the notion that they should get the FDIC to pay part of that penalty ... is bad public policy," Frank said.
"That amount of money can't be worth the amount of bad public opinion he [Dimon] would generate by this," Frank said.
Earlier The Wall Street Journalreported that JPMorgan wanted to recover any portion of the deal related to Washington Mutual bonds from a pool of funds for that bank's creditors at the FDIC.
When asked if the door for criminal charges against big banks should be left open, former Sen. Chris Dodd said: "If that's where the evidence takes them then absolutely. ... Never did Barney and I think it was our job to prosecute people."