Kenneth T. Walsh
May 21, 2013
Congressional investigators are asking the old Watergate question – what did the president know and when did he know it – about the Internal Revenue Service’s improper targeting of conservative groups for special scrutiny when they sought tax-exempt status.
But the startling revelation of the past 24 hours is the opposite concern – what the president didn’t know and how long he didn’t know it. And therein lies a big problem for the White House.
It turns out that senior White House officials intentionally kept the president in the dark, even though the IRS misconduct was sure to be a major controversy that could seriously damage his administration and undermine trust in government.