Petition to White House: Why did counsel hide IRS report from Obama?

A new petition was filed Friday with the White House, asking that the administration explain glaring inconsistencies between statements made by President Barack Obama and his chief spokesman, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

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The petition calls into question the truth of these statements, made in connection with the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups seeking tax exempt status.

The petition notes that “Carney said on May 13 that the White House’s counsel first learned about the Inspector General’s IRS report the week of April 22,” but points out that the president claimed during a joint May 13 press conference that he first heard about the IG report from the news on May 10.

The very notion that the president’s own counsel would have kept a scandal as monumental as this from Obama for close to three weeks is preposterous.

The petition reads as follows:

White House press secretary Jay Carney said on May 13 that the White House’s counsel first learned about the Inspector General’s IRS report the week of April 22. On May 13, President Obama said he didn’t learn about it until Friday, May 10, and not from the White House counsel but from media reports. In order to ascertain both the President’s veracity on the matter and to understand why the WH counsel would commit an act of such egregious negligence as to not communicate to the President a matter of the utmost importance to the public interest in a timely fashion, we the people have the right to, and so demand, an explanation as to why the White House counsel had not told the President of the existence of this report for the weeks & days between April 22 and May 10, 2013.

Read the White House petition here.


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