Tags: IRS Scandal | irs | white | house | counsel | informed | april

WSJ: White House Knew of IRS Probe in April

Monday, 20 May 2013 08:39 AM

By Melanie Batley

The top White House lawyer was alerted the week of April 22 to early findings from an internal audit of the IRS that showed a number of conservative organizations had been improperly targeted for scrutiny, but didn't inform President Barack Obama, sources told The Wall Street Journal Monday.

The president has said he learned of the controversy when it became public on May 10. The Journal's reporting suggests that Obama's inner circle was aware of the targeting debacle but kept it from him.

The revelation has sparked a debate about whether the Office of the White House Counsel and its chief lawyer, Kathryn Ruemmler, should immediately have informed the president, and what, if anything, was known by other senior officials at the time, or even before the presidential election in November, the Journal reported.

Lanny Davis, a former special counsel to President Bill Clinton, told the Journal that "anyone who knew about this a few weeks ago and didn't tell the president shouldn't be in the White House."

Special: Get the USS Reagan Cap for Summer – Special Offer

But others say the White House counsel was correct to withhold the information from the president, since the inspector general's report was not finalized and that his early knowledge of the situation could have led to charges he was trying to unduly influence the outcome of the independent investigation.

Dan Pfeiffer, a White House senior adviser, said Sunday on "Meet the Press" that the matter "was handled in the exact appropriate way."

"We do not ever do anything to give the appearance of interference in an investigation," he said. "What would be an actual scandal would be if we somehow were involved."

Republican lawmakers, meanwhile, are moving forward with their own investigation, with hearings set for this week before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

"Exactly who in the administration knew what about the IRS targeting is one of the key outstanding questions," Committee Chairman Darrell Issa said in a statement, the Journal reported. "In waiting so long to address wrongdoing and inform the public, President Obama and his administration seem more preoccupied with having deniability than quickly addressing serious wrongdoing."

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Silver to Hand Off N.Y. Assembly Speaker Duties to Fight Charges

Monday, 26 Jan 2015 07:36 AM

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is temporarily handing off control of the chamber to a group of top members so  . . .

Report: Hillary Clinton to Start 2016 Campaign in April

Monday, 26 Jan 2015 07:27 AM

Hillary Clinton may start her campaign for the White House in early April with the involvement of her husband, former Pr . . .

Biden Jokes of Feigning Interest in Obama's State of Union

Monday, 26 Jan 2015 07:21 AM

If Vice President Joe Biden looked captivated by last week's State of the Union address, chalk it up to good acting.Bide . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved