Washington Post has a hard time believing that Obama didn't know about the IRS investigation before he claims that he did
My personal favorite of all the new revelations from the Obama IRS scandal is that White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler told White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough about the impending IRS inspector general report, but of course the White House chief of staff did not tell the president.
I sat in a White House chief of staff’s office every day for more than two years. Theonly reason the legal counsel would tell the chief of staff about an impending report or disclosure would be so the chief of staff could tell the president. The legal counsel would assume the chief of staff would know how and when to bring up the matter. The chief of staff would be expected to know if there were additional factors surrounding the issue that needed to be considered before the president was told, or whether or not others needed to be included in the conversation when the information was shared with the president. There are many valid reasons why the chief of staff would tell the president, but I can’t think of a reason why he and the legal counsel would both agree that this news nugget would go no further. It’s very odd. . . .When even the Washington Post openly scoffs at Obama's claims to be completely out of the loop on these things you know Obama is in trouble. My own belief is that things are even worse than this.
1) The investigation into the IRS scandal was completed in May 2012.
'Just yesterday the committee interviewed Holly Paz, the director of exempt organizations, rulings and agreements, division of the IRS,' Issa said. 'While a tremendous amount of attention is centered about the Inspector General's report, or investigation, the committee has learned from Ms. Paz that she in fact participated in an IRS internal investigation that concluded in May of 2012 - May 3 of 2012 - and found essentially the same thing that Mr. George found more than a year later.' . . .2) Since this result was known, why wasn't it fixed? Is it credible that people at the top of Treasury wouldn't know about it? Is it credible then that the Obama White House wasn't informed? Surely informed simply to give them a heads up in case the study came to light in the middle of the 2012 presidential campaign. Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin was told about the IG investigation in 2012. Surely, he would have also known at that same time that this other investigation had been completed.
If the White House or even senior people at Treasury knew about this investigation that was completed in May 2012, Obama is in real trouble. It is obvious why Obama wants to pretend that he was out of the loop, but the wall is cracking.