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WASHINGTON — White House officials were first notified April 16 about an investigation into Internal Revenue Service scrutiny of conservative groups and discussed its potential findings with the Treasury Department but never told President Obama, the White House said Monday.
The IRS inspector general informed the White House counsel’s office about the agency’s nearly finished audit along with other reviews nearly a month before its release, the White House said.
Kathryn Ruemmler, the White House counsel, was personally told on April 24, and she notified White House chief of staff Denis McDonough and other senior aides without informing the president, the White House said.
White House press secretary Jay Carney said the president would not have acted even if he had known.