US asks reversal of ruling Bernanke must testify in AIG lawsuit
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The United States (US) Justice Department on Friday asked an appeals court to reverse a judge's ruling last month that Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke must testify in a lawsuit about American International Group Inc's 2008 bailout.
Mr Bernanke cannot be forced to sit for a deposition because high-ranking US government officials are generally protected from being drawn into time-consuming civil litigation, the Justice Department said in its petition.
The petition was filed in the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington.
"The demands of civil litigation, if not appropriately limited by the courts, will impair the ability of senior government officials to lead the departments and agencies for which they are responsible," the petition said.