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Bob Woodward: White House Should Come Clean on IRS

Monday, 03 Jun 2013 09:14 PM

By Greg Richter

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There is a "deep, deep suspicion" about the Obama White House, says Bob Woodward, and they should answer questions to clear it up.

Appearing on Fox News Channel Monday night, the former Washington Post reporter who helped break the Watergate scandal of the Nixon White House said it isn't just Fox News or the right wing who are skeptical of what they are hearing.

Woodward disagreed that the administration is refusing to answer questions, but he did agree that someone needs to be asking them. Host Bill O'Reilly pointed out that none of the major news media reported on the former IRS commissioner's 157 visits to the White House during his tenure.

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Woodward said he hopes there is a desire by the media to get to the bottom of who knew what. "Much hangs in the balance here," he said. "Not just the reputation of the news media for aggressiveness and some form of neutrality, but the whole relationship that the White House and the government has with the public about trust."

Woodward said he doesn't know that anyone in the White House was aware of conservative groups being targeted, "but I suspect it."

"This fiction that somehow it’s totally an independent agency is absurd. … Clearly, in the pipeline, lots of people knew some of this, or should know it."

Woodward says he think Obama has the opportunity to get the IRS scandal behind him if he will answer questions, "but if he takes the position, 'Oh, this is all politics, and this is a sideshow,' as he has on Benghazi …"

Woodward said Obama himself should be behind the investigation. "You say they aren't answering this question about the 157 visits by the IRS commissioner. They should. They should get on top of this story."

Woodward, currently an editor at the Washington Post, said he would put in a request that the question be answered.

"As I've said, they're not yet in the bunker. The answers are forthcoming. Sometimes it takes a long time."

Woodward said the the IRS scandal was not the same thing as Watergate, which ended Nixon's political career, forcing him to resign in the face of impeachment.

But the "road to Watergate," he said, is concealment and refusing to come clean. "Oh, we won't have to release that memo, we won't have to let so-and-so testify. Let's call executive priviledge. Let's stonewall."

If the White House does that, he said, it will dig itself into a hole. "I think they have the moral and intellectual capacity to stop that, and we will see, won't we?"

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