Obama Lawyers Knew About IRS

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What did President Obama know about the IRS scandal and when did he know it? New information from a White House source indicates that the president’s lawyers were informed the week of April 22 that an audit of the IRS would reveal unflattering information. Treasury Department lawyers told Kathryn Ruemmler, chief of the Office of White House Counsel, that an inspector general’s report would show that IRS employees had “improperly scrutinized” conservative organizations. The revelation has fueled criticism that the president, who said he learned of the scandal on May 10, is too lax in his management style.