ap.org A U.S. judge has ordered that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke can be questioned in a lawsuit against the government filed by the former head of American International Group. It is rare for a Fed chairman to be deposed. Judge Thomas Wheeler of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims said Monday he made an exception because Bernanke has firsthand knowledge of the government's decision to bail out AIG at the height of the financial crisis. Hank Greenberg, former AIG CEO, has sued the government over the $182 billion bailout, which AIG has since repaid. Greenberg claims the bailout terms were too onerous and is seeking at least $25 billion. "The court cannot fathom having to decide this multibillion-dollar claim without the testimony of such a key government decision maker," Wheeler said in his ruling. Greenberg's lawyers want Bernanke deposed on Aug. 16. Wheeler said that date was acceptable to him.
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