Skip to comments.White House counsel kept IRS probe results from Obama
Posted on 05/20/2013 8:19:36 PM PDT by neverdem
Two senior White House aides knew weeks ago that a probe of the Internal Revenue Service had found that the U.S. tax agency had inappropriately targeted conservative groups, but did not tell President Barack Obama, a White House spokesman said on Monday.
A Treasury Department official informed White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler on April 24 about the preliminary findings of a report that would fuel the latest in a series of scandals to confront Obama at the start of his second term.
The report was issued by a Treasury inspector general on May 14, four days after an IRS official had acknowledged, and apologized for, the agency's targeting of conservative groups with names such as "Tea Party" and "Patriots" that had applied for tax-exempt status.
Soon after learning of the report's preliminary findings, Ruemmler briefed White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and some other senior staff members, White House spokesman Jay Carney told a regular news briefing. Ruemmler chose not to inform Obama about the findings to avoid any appearance that he had any role in shaping the report - a role the president would not have taken anyway, Carney said.
As a result, said Carney, Obama did not learn of the findings until they were announced last week - as the president has himself stated.
Monday's disclosures revealed more about the inner workings of the White House than they did about the IRS scandal, which revolves around questions such as who imposed the inappropriate targeting by IRS employees in the agency's office in Cincinnati, Ohio, and whether IRS officials misled Congress last year about whether they knew that targeting was going on.
Answers to such questions could begin to emerge during congressional hearings scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, in the Senate Finance Committee and House of Representatives Oversight...
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Sounds like the Russians who said they wouldn’t be sent to the gulags if Uncle Joe Stalin knew what was actually going on.
I don't believe it.
Do you waste your telling a 3 year old about important things?
So the senior aides knew, but not Obama.
That’s like believing Haldeman, Mitchell and Erlichman knew but didn’t tell Nixon
This is to plant the meme he knew nothing. Says nothing about knowing about the issue, just the results of the probe.
But people don’t think it through.
The first thing I learned from my first boss, an old navy man “The captain is responsible to know what the first mate had for breakfast”. That was 40 years ago.
The captain is responsible for the ship and it’s well being, Obama
Of course the claim is false, but once Obama said “I don’t know,” they have to find some way to make a lie sound more believable.
GS-14 and up, if you knew and didn’t report it, you go to jail.
“and up” includes all political appointees, not GS rated.
If that number exceed 100, then the big boss goes to jail for creating a culture where that would occur.
Anyone looking for any finger prints of his excellency telling anyone at the IRS, Dept of Justice, HHS, EPA or any other agency to do this or that to the tea party, republicans in general or any religious group will be wasting their time. This guy gives all his instructions through his non stop campaigning: he tells the “public” who are the villains and he ostracizes anyone who does not agree with him or voices any opposing point of view. That is the signal for all the shills in the government to go after them. 4-6 open scandals now, none of which according to his mouth piece had any genesis in the whitehouse..HA! Who targeted tea parties and others for extensive reviews before giving tax exempt status some low level employees in Cincinatti? HA. Who decided to go after the fast and furious whistleblower with demeaning slander, some US Attorney in Phoenix, Ha. Who decided to get the AP reporter phone records, some low level lackey in DOJ, HA! Who refused to send help to Benghazi some corporal in the communications center? HA! Who decided to wiretap a FOX NEWS reporter, some street FBI Agent, HA! Who decided to extort money from health insurance companies, some claims examiner in HHS? HA. No, all controlled either directly or indirectly by his excellency mostly using the campaign speech ploy.
Of course they told him. He was the one who initiated the program. The WH must think we are fools.
B. S. with a cherry on top.
B. S. with a berry on top and a side of fries.
1) Bush is detached, he doesn't know anything. He doesn't care.
2) His people are keeping things from him because they know he can't handle the job. He's just a figurehead, someone else is actually running the country.
So, "news" media, why isn't the same for your beloved selected boy-king, Zero Hussein?
Reuters loses even more credibility by reporting “straight-faced” that the President knew nothing because no one bothered to clue him in. Right.
But did he tell Valerie? If he told her, then he told Obama.
Corrupt Chicago politics from the top down!!
Nobody knows anything and if someone talks they won’t see the next sunshine!
Yea but Nixon had his own office bugged & the existence of the tapes was made known. It would take a witness to come forward to nail O himself on this. I don’t see it happening.
“So obammy will fire them for incompetence? “
Naw!!, just transfered to another position and given a bonus!
So answer me one question Col Obama, your people follow orders and you gave an order that no one should be harmed due to their political beliefs so why was it necessary for Carney to continue to say that you will investigate what happened and fire or transfer the guilty parties?
Sounds like millions of bugs need to be placed in and around the White Hut.
The modern term is “bull obama,” or “bullobama” if you’re in a mood for SingleWords.
The only way Obama did not know, was if they told him while he was wrecked on drugs and could not remember.
Such transparent lies. This really is the most transparent administration in history.
I don’t care when the White House learned of the PROBE. The issue is whether the White House knew of (or worse, encouraged) the underlying IRS misconduct as it was happening.
CYA Obama CYA
I think that's correct.
Yup, poor bammy. The innocent victim once again.
I’m calling Bee Ess on this.
Q: Anybody know what this is?
For April 1, 2013
Ans: It is a typical daily staff provided detailed list of events and
activities presented to President Obama each morning which
informs him of items which require his immediate attention. It
allows the President to stay on top and out front of everything
that happens in the nation and the world.
White House: The President is not a crook.
White House: Because we said so.
Reuters: Okey-dokey, good enough for us. Print it!
Indonesia? Kenya? Saudi Arabia? The Comintern?
One wishes that the media would consider that maybe Mister Obama's intent might not be totally benign; and that they would investigate this angle
The wheels on the bus go round and round,
Round and round, round and round,
The wheels on the bus go round and round,
All through the town.
Until somebody decides to get off.
does anyone believe you can sic FBI, IRS OSHA etc on hundreds of dissident groups without the Presidents authority?
Does anyone think Obama did not know? He is a liar he knew and it has his grimy fingerprints all over it and many other sorted things I am sure.
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