The chief White House lawyer, Kathryn Ruemmler, learned last month that a Treasury inspector general had concluded an audit of the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups, weeks before the matter became public, according to a senior White House official.Whoa! She learned about it weeks beforehand! If that's not a scandal, then what is? I mean, during those weeks, the administration easily could have ... wait. Hold on, what exactly could it have done? I mean, the stuff that was being investigated started in 2010 and ended in 2012. So time was not of the essence. And the White House couldn't very well have released the IG report any earlier ... because it wasn't yet complete. So, this seems like another Scandalnavian nothingburger.
But if you disagree and think this is a huge deal, then consider this fact:
The Treasury Department Inspector General for Tax Administration sent a letter to Congressman Darrell Issa and Congressman Jim Jordan on July 12, 2012 informing them they would be auditing the IRS in response to their concerns that certain groups might be receiving extra scrutiny. The letter came in response to a June 28th letter of that year from Congressman Issa and requests for an investigation.So to all those Republicans who say that Obama was obviously covering up the IRS scandal in 2012 in order to steal the election from Mitt Romney, the rightful heir to the presidency, I have just one question: what do Darrell Issa and Jim Jordan have against Willard?
The letter states that after meeting with the staff of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which Issa chairs, the IG Office of Audit began work on the issue. The IG offered in the letter to provide a status update to the staff of the committee throughout the investigation as well as provide copies of interim and final reports.