Skip to comments.Senior W.H. staff knew of IRS investigation, did not tell Obama
Posted on 05/20/2013 2:08:35 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot
Senior White House staff knew of the ongoing investigation into the IRS's targeting of conservative groups ahead of the release of a report from a Treasury Department inspector general, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday, but held off on informing the president to wait for a final report.
With the knowledge of an investigation, the White House held to a "cardinal rule" that it should not get involved in an external investigation, Carney said during his daily briefing. "No one in this building intervened in an ongoing independent investigation or did anything that could be seen as intervening," he said.
"To the chagrin of some who would have liked us to get more in front of this, we appropriately waited," Carney later added.
White House counsel Kathy Ruemmler was informed of the IG's audit on April 24, Carney said, and was told that the audit was nearing its conclusion and that a report would be forthcoming indicating that several IRS employees were involved in targeting groups with "tea party" and "patriot" in their names for additional scrutiny.
Carney was more vague last week, telling reporters that Ruemmler's office was informed of the existence of an investigation during the week of April 22, but informed of little more. On Monday, he said that some staff in the counsel's office were told of the report -- and others nearing completion -- a week earlier, on April 16.
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Now we DO NEED that 'smoking gun' evidence that irrefutably showed Obama was in the know from the start.
Obama started the whole thing : )
No one has ever told Obama anything.
He has slept through his entire presidency.
Shouldn’t it say “w.h. staff SAYS it did npt tell Obama”?
Same kind of baloney that the Nixon administration tried to push.
This is actually good news, because it means that some senior WH staff will get thrown under the bus. Eventually one of them might sing, like John Dean did.
Hehehe hahaha hohoho.
“Well Cap’n, we seen this itty bitty iceberg, but we thought we’d slide right by it...and we didn’t wanna wake ya...”
If the MSM lets the WHite House get away with this nonsense, they owe George W. Bush a huge apology.
Get this...it says on the video screen at top Carney “provides insight” as to blah blah blah. Funny stuff.
Dean sang to save his skin at the expense of those who were under his command. His lies and BS were inaudible because they were covered up by the 64-part harmony accompaniment of the MSM, who loved every minute of his testimony.
If Obama has a John Dean, his every utterance will be covered up by wild pot-beating and blaring air-horns from the same MSM. He'll be very lucky not to end up with a bullet through his head, found along some trail in Rock Creek Park.
...and, yet, he “allegedly” knows enough & watches enough to make basketball picks for the woman’s and men’s college basketball tournament. Of course, liberals will say that his staff tells him who to pick. Now we can ask why his staff doesn’t tell him anything else...
Obama is in this up to his ears. But, even he isn't stupid enough to write anything down.
And there are plenty of people willing to fall on their sword rather than admit they discussed it with him. You can be sure they have been "promised they will be taken care of if they don't talk", which really means "they will REALLY be taken care of if they talk".
Sounds like barky has selected his scapegoat...
But of course this is all a big pile of bull manure.
That is rich.
Implausible deniability. Obama is Rip Van Winkle.