Relax: White House Says It’s “Satisfied” with IRS Officials’ Response To Scandal

The Obama administration has said it is satisfied with the responsiveness of the people the IRS is sending to Congress, specifically in the matter of the IRS scandal which currently under investigation.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, in an exchange on Wednesday that the White House is satisfied with the IRS’s response.

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CBS News’ Major Garrett asked Carney, “Is this White House satisfied with the responsiveness of the people [the IRS] sends up to testify about matters of Congressional interest?”

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“Well that’s a broad question, but the answer is ‘yes,'” Carney replied.  “And if it’s specific to this matter [the IRS scandal], the answer is ‘yes.'”

So wait, the White House is satisfied with the responsiveness of people from the IRS that have been called to testify before Congress, even when one of the top officials, Lois Lerner, attempted the use of the Fifth Amendment when there wasn’t a criminal investigation going on, but rather a hearing on information that had been released by the IRS.

While Carney would not speak about Lerner’s testimony, or lack of one, last week, he seems to be giving her flying colors this week. In his words her appearance was “satisfactory.”

Guy Benson at Townhall points out other people that Carney says the White House is “satisfied” with from the IRS. He writes,

Former IRS chief Douglas Shulman couldn’t quite recall whether he’d discussed IRS abuse during any of his 118 White House visits between 2010 and 2011. This is a man who furnished Congress with false information about whether inappropriate targeting was taking place in 2012, then chose not to correct the record when he discovered the truth (he claims he found out weeks after his infamous Congressional testimony).  Amidst a blizzard of carefully-worded obfuscations and evasions of personal responsibility, Shulman said he was “very comfortable” with his job performance.  The IRS’ now-departing acting commissioner chalked up his organization’s deliberate program of abuse to “horrible customer service.”  Even the IRS’ Inspector General couldn’t adequately explain why his findings were delayed until after the election — or why he didn’t keep Congressional investigators updated on the key findings of his audit as it unfolded, as required by law.  Remember, the IG became aware of the revelation that the IRS’ own internal audit had determined wrongdoing as far back as May of 2012, but didn’t share that information with lawmakers.

This is said to be satisfactory. Well if that is satisfactory, it makes one wonder what unsatisfactory would be.



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