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Tim Geithner Didn't Try To Cover Up AIG Payouts, Says Tim Geithner's Employer

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Remember that story yesterday, about how then NY Fed Chair Tim Geithner and his staff maybe instructed AIG to keep its payments to banks hush-hush, as backed up by emails? Never happened, says New York Fed's general counsel. He has no idea what any of you are talking about. In fact, he's never even heard of this Tim Geithner guy. What's he like?

"Matters of AIG securities law disclosure were not brought to the attention of the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York," Thomas Baxter, the New York Fed's general counsel, said in a statement.
The U.S. Treasury and White House also have said Geithner was not involved in any e-mailed discussions between New York Fed and AIG lawyers over disclosures of the insurer's payments to banks.

NY Fed: Geithner not involved in AIG disclosures [Reuters]


Let's Help Tim Geithner Name His Book

As you may have heard, Obama is apparently close to nominating Jack Lew for Treasury Secretary, giving Tim Geithner his late Christmas wish: a one-way ticket outta there. And while he's previously said to have no interest in writing about his time in Washington (and at the NY Fed before that), friends o' TG claim that his plan for the next year or so involve "a round of 'detox' and writing a book." Obviously we're still very far off from anything concrete but publishers will undoubtedly be banging down his door in no time and when they do, it might be nice to at least have a title to wet their palates. While Geithner packs his bags, let's do him a solid and come up with some options. The year spent sunning himself off the coast of Ko Samui (or puttering around Larchmont, or taking a job with the least amount of responsibility possible, whatever the detox entails) will presumably do wonders to take the edge of the last 48 months but if he's still in an angsty phase by the time he sits down to bang out his story, perhaps one of the following would work?