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May 13, 2013 - 2:36 pm

Politico is reporting that the White House counsel’s office was informed by the Treasury Department’s Inspector General Office in April of the IRS’s targeting of conservatives.

White House spokesman Jay Carney insists that the president was not informed of the IG’s review of the IRS and learned about the program on Friday through news reports.

The White House counsel’s office was informed in April of an inspector general’s review of the Internal Revenue Service, press secretary Jay Carney said Monday.

Carney told reporters that the counsel’s office was told of the examination into the targeting of conservative groups during the week of April 22, but not given details about the review’s findings. President Obama, Carney said, was not told about the review and learned of it only after news reports emerged Friday, just what Obama said earlier Monday.

“We have never — we don’t have access to, nor should we, the IG’s report or any draft versions of it,” Carney said.

So the White House counsel’s office knew generally that the IRS was targeting conservative groups in April, but apparently didn’t know the “details.”

Suppose you’re some innocent little president, sitting in your Oval Office playing with your ship in the bottle, watching the news and all of a sudden you learn that the government that you are in charge of has been targeting your political enemies with harassment and bullying. What would be your first reaction — if you were an innocent little president?

WHY THE BLAZES DIDN’T ANYONE TELL ME!

Suppose then you learn that your personal counsel kept the bad news from you. Even though he didn’t have “specific details,” he was aware of the program targeting the president’s enemies and, presuming he isn’t brain dead, knew the political ramifications of such targeting and the very real possibility that it could destroy the administration. If you were indeed just some innocent little president, minding your own business,  what would be the first words out of your mouth when the White House counsel came to see you after the story broke?

YOU’RE FIRED!

I do not believe that Barack Obama first learned of the IRS’s targeting of conservatives “from news reports” on Friday. That doesn’t pass the smell test, especially since a close aide was told of the program three weeks ago. Are we to believe that the president’s own counsel didn’t immediately go to the Oval Office after learning of this and tell Obama “We’ve got a big  problem, sir”? And the fact that the White House is now in full-blown circle-the wagons damage-control mode would suggest that their primary goal is to keep the president a thousand miles away from anything having to do with this scandal.

Good luck with that, guys. Just remember — it’s always the cover-up that gets ya.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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I think the stupid mendacity is starting to bug even the Press. Did you watch the Press going after Carney on Friday? The follow-ups were brutal. Today, Kirsten Powers flat-out called Obama's doubling-down on Benghazi a lie. I was shocked. Guess she has had enough.
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"I just found out on Friday from the news." IOW, I am clueless and incompetent. Nice defense, Prez.

I find it entirely credible that he didn't know. He has a history of being uninterested in actual governance. Aides have said he does not like being corrected, and that he is not interested in most of the details of things, like his daily intelligence briefings.

This is a common trait of tinpot tyrants. They are either uninterested, or they are micro-managers. Obama's just shif'less, a lazy bum. He is uninterested in the details, because that would mean working. I'm sure he expects his staff to just handle these things, so of course, they wouldn't tell him.
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Obama appears to be in panic mode; deny everything, and hope no one finds the body before you can get the spin doctors on it.
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After watching the President operate this week it's becoming apparent that the most important thing for him is plausible deniability. He doesn't know anything and apparently doesn't want to know anything. However, I really believe that's just for appearances. No one can tell me they would leave him in the dark (really) about what's happening, except of course for Benghazi because he was sleeping.
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Not only did know about it, but they ordered it! That is the truth of it.

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What this administration lacks in competency and credibility it more than makes for with dishonesty.
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The rot starts at the top. If Obama didn't know about all this stuff swirling around him, then he has no business being the leader of the free world (but we've all known that for a long time).
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April? Yeah, right. Which year?
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"I do not believe that Barack Obama first learned of the IRS’s targeting of conservatives “from news reports” on Friday." - Neither do I.
Obama has made it his policy to rail against conservatives at every opportunity that presents itself ... and these morons expect us to believe he didn't know?
Obama's the one that has been riding that train all along. Protecting the POTUS at all costs is gonna hurt Carney and anyone else that participates in that kind of behaviour. These morons crossed the line a long time ago.
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“A truth that's told with bad intent
Beats all the lies you can invent.”

William Blake
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Carney never told the President. No kidding. And why would he? This president has no intention of ever actually *governing* as chief executive of the United States of America. Governing requires responsibility and accountability. Obama is a media-created pop star! He has no interest or ability with any of that. The Limbaugh Theorem holds. Obama proselytizes, he campaigns, he fundraises. He does not lead, he does not govern, and he does not decide. And he will not rest. He works like a dog, day in and day out, speaking, accusing, golfing, fundraising -- gotta keep fundraising -- hosting White House concerts for "The People" out there in the C-Span ether.
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Fundamental Transformation of America
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The most transparently dishonest administration in our history.
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