Geithner defends consumer advocate Warren

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Posted: May 25, 2011 1:07 PM
Geithner defends consumer advocate Warren

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said on Wednesday that republican critics of consumer adviser Elizabeth Warren treated her unfairly at a contentious hearing on Tuesday.

"I thought what happened yesterday was deeply unfair to her personally," Geithner said in a live interview with Politico. "I think she's done an exceptionally good job of not just starting up this agency (but also) hiring very competent people."

A House of Representatives oversight hearing on Tuesday grew heated when the panel's Republican chairman accused her of lying about the terms of her appearance.

(Reporting by Glenn Somerville; Editing by James Dalgleish)