Tim Geithner has been asked to testify in Congress about the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's effort to limit American International Group Inc.'s disclosures, while it was being bailed out by the Fed, of huge payments to banks.

President Obama defended his Treasury secretary in advance of a hearing by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. It will probably occur the week of Jan. 18, according to a press release Friday from Chairman Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y. E-mails obtained by Congress include requests from the New York Fed in 2008, when Geithner was its president, that the insurer withhold documents from public filings about payments to banks to retire credit-default swaps.

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