Read more @:http://thehill.com/homenews/administ...ells-reportersSenior White House officials were briefed about a federal audit of the IRS’s improper focus on conservatives, but they decided not to tell President Obama about it, press secretary Jay Carney claimed Monday.
White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler learned about the report in April and made the decision not to tell the president, even as other senior staffers got wind of the audit by Treasury’s inspector general for tax administration, Carney said.
that Tea Party and other small-government advocates seeking tax-exempt status were tagged for special screening because of their names.
Carney defended the decision to keep the president out of the loop, saying conclusions often change in the final stages of inspector general reports. It also would’ve been inappropriate, Carney added, for the White House to involve itself in an ongoing investigation.
Official explanation is that Obama was out of the loop and White House personnel withheld information from him. Expect more to come soon.