Geithner Update: Trouble For Obama’s Nominee? Or Bump In The Road?

By Thomas Nagorski

Jan 13, 2009 4:19pm

Several developments since we first posted on this story:

The Wall Street Journal first reported that "Senator Grassley is raising questions about the immigration status of a housekeeper that worked for Treasury-nominee Geithner and years when Geithner did not pay Social Security and Medicare taxes."

Now an official with President-elect Barack Obama’s transition office says Geithner answered senators’ questions during a meeting he requested Tuesday. From an ABC reporter at the Senate: While Geithner continued to meet with various senators at Dirksen, Senators Schumer & Baucus spoke to reporters outside. They said Geithner made some mistakes, but that Geithner still has a lot of support. "I believe that these errors, although serious, do not rise to the level of disqualification," said Baucus, who called Geithner competent and said the errors were, in his estimation, "honest mistakes."The Finance Committee will issue a report on this matter. The confirmation hearing for Geithner is delayed.

Finally, there is this — from Barack Obama’s soon-to-be Press Secretary:

"The President-elect chose Tim Geithner to be his Treasury Secretary because he’s the right person to help lead our economic recovery during these challenging times. He’s dedicated his career to our country and served with honor, intelligence and distinction. That service should not be tarnished by honest mistakes, which, upon learning of them, he quickly addressed. He made a common mistake on his taxes, and was unaware that his part-time housekeeper’s work authorization expired for the last three months of her employment.  We hope that the Senate will confirm him with strong bipartisan support so that he can begin the important work of the country."

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