Geithner Leaving This Month: Report
Treasury chief expected to be gone before debt ceiling showdown
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 3, 2013 2:40 PM CST
This Nov. 30 photo provided by CBS News shows Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner answering questions about the "fiscal cliff."   (AP Photo/CBS News, Chris Usher)
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(Newser) – Another fight over the debt ceiling might be just around the bend, but a key member of the White House financial team won't be here to see it: Bloomberg reports that Treasury chief Timothy Geithner, who has long planned to leave his post, will do so at the end of this month. The leading candidate to replace him remains White House chief of staff Jack Lew, though he'd likely need a deputy with a strong Wall Street background. The White House reportedly reached out to American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault as a potential Geithner successor, but he is opting to stay in the private sector, according to Bloomberg's insiders.