Geithner defends consumer advocate Warren

WASHINGTON Wed May 25, 2011 10:06am EDT

Elizabeth Warren, Assistant to the President and Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury, gestures as she testifies at a hearing about oversight of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau of the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 24, 2011. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Elizabeth Warren, Assistant to the President and Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury, gestures as she testifies at a hearing about oversight of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau of the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 24, 2011.

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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)

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