Boehner Demands the Facts in AIG Case

Posted March 18, 2009 at 4:43pm

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner should not step down until all the facts are in surrounding the administration’s knowledge of bonuses paid to American International Group executives, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said during a Wednesday press conference with House and Senate GOP leaders.

“We need to know what the administration knew and when did they know it?— Boehner said. “Mr. [Edward] Liddy, who is running the AIG on behalf of the federal government, must have had conversations [with administration officials]. He’s known about this problem for some time. Who did he talk to in the administration?—

He added, “Until we begin to get some answers to these questions, it’s premature to write the prescription before we diagnose the problem.—

Boehner told a Nashville, Tenn.-based radio station Wednesday afternoon that Geithner “was on thin ice.—

Boehner, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (Ind.) appeared with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Republican Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz) and several small-business owners to highlight the detrimental effects that they believe the Obama administration’s budget will have on the economy.

Several weeks ago, Republican leaders on both sides of the Capitol pledged to coordinate on major issues and work together to present a united GOP front.