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WH Counsel: Obama Shouldn’t Be Told About IRS

From the Washington Examiner:

White House: Obama is glad he wasn’t told about IRS scandal

By Joel Gehrke | May 20, 2013

President Obama did not hear of the IRS scandal until the agency apologized for targeting conservatives because his White House counsel and other senior staff agreed he should not be informed, his spokesman said today, adding that Obama thought they made the right decision in not telling him.

“Kathy Ruemmler, the White House counsel, was made aware the week of April 22nd,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said today.

“She informed some other senior staff,” including White House chief of staff Denis McDonough. Carney said that “it was her view and others shared the view” that Obama should not be told.

“This is not the kind of thing, when you have an ongoing investigation or an ongoing audit, that requires notification of the president,” Carney said to summarize Ruemmler’s advice.

Carney said that Obama was satisfied with being left in the dark on the topic. “He believes it’s entirely appropriate that some matters are not appropriate to convey to him and this is one of them,” the press secretary told reporters.

Granted, this is from the Washington Examiner, so it might be guilty of a little partisanship. But, really, how else can you interpret Jay Carney’s comments?

In fact, , what this sounds like is the inner circle wanted to give Obama ‘plausible deniability.’ After all, his staff must have known that Obama knew. He had been implicitly demanding that the IRS take the actions they took in his countless speeches since January 2010, attacking Citizens United.

Besides, lest we forget, Obama had no problem whatsoever weighing in on the Trayvon Martin shooting, or a hundred other issues that were under investigation.

Meanwhile, even the Politico is having a hard time swallowing the White House’s spin:

The White House’s shifting IRS account

By REID J. EPSTEIN | May 20, 2013

The White House on Monday once again added to the list of people who knew about the IRS investigation into its targeting of conservative groups — saying White House chief of staff Denis McDonough had been informed about a month ago.

Press secretary Jay Carney said again that no one had told President Barack Obama ahead of the first news reports: not his top aide McDonough, nor his chief counsel Kathy Ruemmler, nor anyone from the Treasury Department.

Monday’s revelation amounts to the fifth iteration of the Obama administration’s account of events, after initially saying that the White House had first learned of the controversy from the press…

Perhaps they will need twelve revisions (Benghazi) to get it right. Or maybe they keep finding emails and other paper trails that uncover things they will have to eventually admit it.

Here’s how the White House account has evolved…

And the Politico goes on for another 18 paragraphs, trying to list the numerous reiterations of the White House accounts.

On Monday, Carney pushed back at reporters frustrated with the shifting narrative. “I said that I didn’t know (these details) until Friday, but I’m getting this information to you now,” he said.

Republicans instantly took issue with the latest White House timeline. “I can’t wait until tomorrow’s version of events,” tweeted Brendan Buck, spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner.

Isn’t it telling how ‘the most transparent administration in our nation’s history’ cannot be straightforward about even the simplest things? Where is the Democrats’ Howard Baker? What top Democrat is finally going to ask, ‘what did the President know, and when did he know it?’

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, May 21st, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “WH Counsel: Obama Shouldn’t Be Told About IRS”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Schutz der Führer, or “protect the leader”. A common trait amongst humans in any hierarchy.

    In this case, it bodes poorly for the democrats in power. Insulating him only makes him more out-of-touch. If this is his preference and he broadcasts that, then it further chips away at the notion people feel that he’s “in-touch” with them and “for the common man”.

    Yet, sadly, the devout Nazi will still make excuses for him. Battered wife syndrome is the closest analogy. He hates them and beats them but is allowed to apologize and still rack out on the couch.

    However, I have said it for years from watching people like him and, to a lesser extent, Hitlery and Reid and Kerry, etc.; They end up destroying themselves. It may not happen in the way or the time of our choosing but it does happen.

    In the movies, they are well-scripted to have the downfall seem so time-appropriate or to fit neatly into the story but in real life, Obama’s downfall will come, most likely, long after he’s left office and people no longer hang on his every word.

    My theory is he will become a drug-addled AIDS-infected self-absorbed recluse, but we may never know because his personal life post-caesar will be as hidden from public view as his college transcripts.

    Just as well. The less we hear/see of him after he has destroyed this nation, the better. It will help us get on with the business of rebuilding a constitutional republic.

  2. Enthalpy says:

    I have an endless supply of bridges and watches for any fools dumb enough to buy into this continuous flood of lies. Now they may refuse to comply with demands of Congress. Fine-implement a Flat Tax.

  3. Astravogel says:

    “….shifting IRS account.” I think there’s a misspelling in those
    three words. I leave it to you, gentle reader, to correct it.

  4. simple1 says:

    One wonders exactly what Obama’s staff are allowed to tell him – “Let me know when I’m leaving for vacation and what course I’m playing, but if we’re attacked done let me know because I might not make the right call and I’ll embarrass myself!”

  5. GetBackJack says:

    He really must be their Messiah for so many to fall on their swords, throwing themselves under the bus while taking the bullet and biting the dust in saving him by being hoisted on their own canards.

    I mean, geez.

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