The Treasury Department’s Inspector General, J. Russell George, confirmed on Friday before the House Ways and Means Committee that he had informed Obama Administration officials of the targeting of conservative groups in June of 2012- a full five months before the 2012 election.
The revelation that the Obama Administration knew of the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS months before the election will likely yield more questions. With Obama Administration officials in the know, it begs the question, “How much did President Obama know and when?”
On MSNBC’s ”Morning Joe,” NBC’s Lisa Myers summarized the situation, saying,
“[The IRS commissioner] has known for at least a year that this was going on and that this had happened. And did he share any of that information with the White House? But even more importantly, Congress is going to ask him, why did you mislead us for an entire year? Members of Congress were saying conservatives are being targeted. What’s going on here? The IRS denied it. Then when — after these officials are briefed by the IG that this is going on, they don’t disclose it. In fact, the commissioner sent a letter to Congress in September on this subject and did not reveal this. Imagine if we — if you can — what would have happened if this fact came out in September 2012, in the middle of a presidential election? The terrain would have looked very different.”
President Obama announced on Thursday, “I can assure you that I certainly did not know anything about the IG [Inspector General] report before the IG report had been leaked to the press.” He has claimed that he knew nothing of the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS prior to the admission by the IRS last week.