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And on the subject of who knew what when in the case of those bonuses we -- to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner own statements.
Before the date the White House originally said he even knew about the AIG bonuses correspondent Brian Wilson has that story.
Secretary of treasury Timothy Gardner it's been on record saying he first learned of the controversial AIG -- on March 10.
Not so he testified before the house Ways and Means Committee one week earlier and listen carefully to the question asked by democratic congressman Joseph Crowley of New York.
-- just last month they are cheap paid 343.
Of -- chief FP their financial products division.
What created the financial hole.
That -- season.
Then turned a multi billion dot and a dollar bill for American taxpayers of 56 million dollars in bonuses.
And a slated to pay an additional -- 62 million dollars in bonuses to 393.
Participants in the coming weeks.
Moderated for seventeen days ago my congressman Crowley telling secretary Geithner the bonuses -- -- but it apparently did not register are set off any alarm bells for Geithner.
His answers seem to suggest he was pleased with the compensation agreement that have been worked out during the AIG bailout.
Obviously we want these businesses that want to note to achieve the objectives of what we did an -- we want them to be our run their business.
So we're a better as the morning.
Forward this is the second time public statements on this issue -- been found to be in Tehran.
Senator Christopher -- had to walk back his initial statement that he didn't know who inserted language into the stimulus bill that allow the AIG bonuses to go forward.
He later admitted he and his staff change the bill that the request of the Treasury Department.
Both Dodd and Geithner are coming under increasing criticism for the handling of this matter either today house Democrat Maxine waters said in a radio interview.
Well you know they've got some explaining to do and I think the president.
It's going to have to.
Clarify to the American public what took place between treasury.
Dodd I don't know who said what and win.
Chris -- pick you broke the language but that he would appreciate it.
Practically back to -- maybe the president did not have to -- on what is going on but I think.
-- is going to have to be clarified.
When asked about this White House spokesman Robert Gibbs punted again I think that -- -- -- period has answered this and has the confidence of the president.
-- was back in Connecticut today trying to clean up the mess with his constituency said he would have been sort of the language the treasury requested that he thought it was anything more than just.
A technical change.
That technicality of course allow the AIG bonuses to go forward Brad Bryant.
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