CREATED May. 21, 2013
Another day, another scandal--what the White House knew about the IRS scandal, and when, seems to be changing by the day.
New problems today for President Obama in regard to the IRS scandal. A spokesman, Jay Carney, seemed to change the White House's account in two key ways. Carney says: "On April 24th, as I said, the White House Counsel, Kathy Ruemmler, was informed that the Inspector General for Tax Administration was completing a report about line IRS employees, improperly scrutinizing what are known as 501(C)(4) organizations by using words such as 'tea party' and 'patriot.'"
Significantly, Carney is now sayingRuemmler got at least some details about the probe, given that yesterday, Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer seemed to suggest otherwise about what the White House was told.
Pfeiffer says: "Not the detail of what happened, not the results of the investigation, but that a independent investigation was about to conclude."
Secondly Carney revealed today, a wider group of senior White House Officials, including Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, were informed of the probe by Ruemmler, but did not tell the president. Carney says: "After that initial notification in April, the White House Counsel informed the Chief of Staff and other members of the senior staff. At no time did anyone on the White House staff intervene with the IRS inspector general audit."
"Somebody has to be responsible, for running the government and that's what people expect, and they don't expect a continued second term of excuses," said Senator Roy Blunt (Republican-Missouri).