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On the IRS scandal, who knew what and when in the White House?

By Michael Krebs     May 20, 2013 in Politics
Washington - After repeated claims by the Obama administration that the IRS scandal was first made known to them more recently, it is now known that senior staffers at the White House were aware earlier in April.
The Internal Revenue Service scandal that has been rocking Washington DC since late April is slated to take another series of twists and turns ahead of Wednesday's hearings on the matter, with the focus now turning to who in the Obama administration knew about the unfolding mess and when they knew about it.
The Los Angeles Times reported on Monday that senior White House staffers knew about the IRS' targeted audits well in advance of what the Obama administration had initially claimed.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney scrambled to explain the shifting White House position, claiming the mis-direction the administration gave to the press and to the American public was done to avoid interfering with investigators.
“The cardinal rule,” Carney said, “is that you do not intervene in an independent investigation, and you do not do anything that would give such an appearance. ... And that's the doctrine we followed.”
President Obama has maintained that he only learned of the IRS scandal from the same news reports that the general public had received.
“I first learned about it from the same news reports that I think most people learned about this,” Obama said on May 13, as Politico reported.
Republican lawmakers are certain to drive hard on these questions during the Wednesday hearing, as the administration's forthcoming behavior or lack thereof will be a matter of keen inquiry.
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