President Obama did not hear of the IRS scandal until the agency apologized for targeting conservatives because his White House counsel and other senior staff agreed he should not be informed, his spokesman said today, adding that Obama thought they made the right decision in not telling him.
“Kathy Ruemmler, the White House counsel, was made aware the week of April 22nd,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said today.
“She informed some other senior staff,” including White House chief of staff Denis McDonough. Carney said that “it was her view and others shared the view” that Obama should not be told.
“This is not the kind of thing, when you have an ongoing investigation or an ongoing audit, that requires notification of the president,” Carney said to summarize Ruemmler’s advice.
Carney said that Obama was satisfied with being left in the dark on the topic. “He believes it’s entirely appropriate that some matters are not appropriate to convey to him and this is one of them,” the press secretary told reporters.