U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew has met or talked with Harvard professor Lawrence Summers, a candidate to become the next Federal Reserve chairman, at least three times this year, according to a calendar released today of Lew’s meetings and phone calls.
Lew held talks with Summers on March 19, the calendar shows. The call was place to Summers while Lew was traveling in China and a financial crisis was unfolding in Cyprus. The others listed were meetings in Lew’s office April 5 and June 4, the records show.
The Treasury chief also met with former Fed Vice Chairman Donald Kohn, on March 22, the calendar showed. Kohn was mentioned last month by President Barack Obama as another possible contender to replace Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke, whose term ends Jan. 31.
The calendar, portions of which were redacted, doesn’t show that Lew has had calls or meetings with Janet Yellen, the Fed’s current vice chairman who is also in the running to get the top job.
The records released today, from February through July 31, also showed Lew had conversations with former Treasury secretaries other than Summers, including Robert Rubin, Henry Paulson and Timothy F. Geithner.
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