Former treasury secretary Timothy Geithner says White House told him to lie to the American people

In his new memoir Stress Test, former treasury secretary Timothy Geitner recalls at least one instance in which he was encouraged by the Obama White House to be less than truthful:

I remember during one Roosevelt Room prep session before I appeared on the Sunday shows, I objected when [White House senior advisor] Dan Pfeiffer wanted me to say Social Security didn’t contribute to the deficit. It wasn’t a main driver of our future deficits, but it did contribute. Pfeiffer said the line was a ‘dog whistle’ to the left, a phrase I had never heard before. He had to explain that the phrase was code to the Democratic base, signaling that we intended to protect Social Security.

An article about Geithner’s revelation was posted Monday morning on TheBlaze, and while it gained a decent amount of attention, it wasn’t a runaway, viral story. On radio this morning, Glenn wondered if the American people have grown so accustomed to hearing government mistruths, they hardly blink an eye at these types of revelations anymore.

When Geithner was first being considered for the treasury secretary post in 2009, Glenn specifically remembers bringing up two key problems with his credentials and both were based on the fact that Geithner was a known liar.

“When Timothy Geithner’s name was being pushed forward [for treasury secretary], I know for a fact I said, A, you are putting him in charge not only of the treasury. So in other words… he's in charge of your money and the guy has already been proven a liar,” Glenn said. “He cheated on his own taxes. He was a liar. So how are you going to put him in charge of your money? Do you believe that he's the guy that would be the steward of your money? That was point number one.”

“Point number two that I said: You are also putting him in charge of the IRS. If you can't trust him now in his own personal life, how do you trust him with the power of the IRS,” Glenn continued. “Look what's happened. And if he's already lied over and over again… in a position of real power already. Remember, he was one of the chairs of the Fed Central Bank in New York. How do you trust him? How do you trust him that when he gets into his position he's not going to lie to you? That's why I was against his nomination.”

As Glenn expected, Geithner has now admitted to be less than truthful. But as Pat and Stu explained, what Geithner was asked to do is really no different than what then-ambassador to the UN Secretary Susan Rice did in the aftermath of the 2012 Benghazi terror attacks or what White House Press Secretary Jay Carney does on a daily basis.

“Geithner's a big guy – one of the top people in the Administration,” Stu said. “How many times do people like Susan Rice, for example, get the same advice and immediately do whatever they say?”

“How often does Jay Carney get that advice every stinking day,” Pat added, “because every stinking day they lie to us.”

Glenn watched this story trend on TheBlaze.com all day yesterday, and he was struck by the lack of firepower it had compared to other articles on the site. Then again, he wasn’t entirely surprised.

“This [story] is huge. This is the treasury secretary saying the White House told me to lie. That puts everything in question. And yet… it [only] became number one for about two hours yesterday until Anderson Cooper's story about the Clippers came out and then it was bumped,” Glenn said. “I have been trying to figure out why. I think it is because people expect [it]. Of course they lied. That's not news.”

“What would be news is that something would happen to him because of those lies. What would be news is someone is going to say, ‘Excuse me, Mr. Treasury Secretary, you were told to lie. Could you come in front of Congress and tell us what other lies were told?’ If there were any ramifications, that would be news,” he concluded. “The Benghazi story is not even getting any traction – even with Trey Gowdy – because no one believes, in the end, anything will happen.”

As the Senate prepares for former President Trump's second impeachment trial, many are asking whether it's constitutional to try a president after leaving office. Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and host of the of "The Dershow," joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to talk about the legal battles Trump still faces.

Dershowitz said he believes the Senate doesn't have the authority to convict Trump, now that he's a private citizen again, and thus can't use impeachment to bar him from running for office again.

"The Constitution says the purpose of impeachment is to remove somebody. He [Trump] is out of office. There's nothing left to do.
It doesn't say you can impeach him to disqualify him for the future. It says, if you remove him you can then add disqualification, but you can't just impeach somebody to disqualify them," Dershowitz said.

"The Senate can't try ordinary citizens. So once you're an ordinary citizen, you get tried only in the courts, not in the Senate. So it's clearly unconstitutional," he added.

Dershowitz, who served on Trump's legal team during the first impeachment trial, also discussed whether he thinks Trump is legally (or even just ethically) responsible for the Capitol riot earlier this month, and whether those engaging in violence could be considered "domestic terrorists."

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A new, shocking CBS News poll shows that the majority of Americans believe they're facing a new enemy: other Americans.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents said they believe democracy in the U.S. is "threatened," and 54% said "other people in America" are the "biggest threat to the American way of life," rather than economic factors, viruses, natural disasters, or foreign actors.

Will it be possible to unite our nation with statistics like that? On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and Stu discussed the poll numbers and what they mean for our future.

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Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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