House Speaker John Boehner told Fox host Greta van Sustern Wednesday that the White House’s claim that President Obama knew nothing of the IRS scandal until the IG’s report was imminent doesn’t make much sense.
“It’s pretty inconceivable to me that the president wouldn’t know,” Boehner said. Boehner noted that he has conversations with his own senior staff every day, and an issue like the IRS scandal would surely come up. So far, the White House has disclosed in piecemeal that the president’s chief of staff, deputy chief of staff and counsel knew about the scandal at least by April 2013. The deputy chief of staff, Mark Childress, even helped the IRS roll the scandal out to the public via a planted question.
Yet the White House insists that knowledge of the scandal magically stopped a couple of doors down from the president.
Today, President Obama will try to change the subject, announcing new plans to get the detained terrorists out of Gitmo and sent elsewhere. That gambit shouldn’t work, and should expose him to a harrowing yet fair charge: Over the course of his political life, Barack Obama has shown far more interest in the plight of captured terrorists than in the plight of innocent Americans abused at the hands and under the boots and at the point of the guns of his executive branch agencies.