Davis, who served as President Clinton’s special counsel from 1996-1998, said multiple reporters have told him that Ms. Ruemmler knew that a Treasury Inspector General was probing alleged wrongdoing at the IRS “for several days, perhaps weeks” before Obama found out last Friday.
“With all due respect to someone who has impeccable legal credentials, if she did have such fore-knowledge and didn’t inform the president immediately, I respectfully suggest Ms. Ruemmler is in the wrong job and she should resign,” Davis wrote in an op-ed that appeared in multiple publications today.
“If Ms. Ruemmler did know about this IRS story and didn’t inform the president immediately, then, respectfully, that must mean she didn’t appreciate fully the mammoth legal and political implications for the U.S. government as well as the American people of a story involving IRS officials abusing power and possibly violating criminal laws,” Davis added.
It’s unclear who Davis obtained his information from, but White House Press Secretary Jay Carney admitted earlier this week that Ruemmler’s office was notified of the IG’s report back in late April.
“My understanding is that the White House Counsel’s Office was alerted in the week of April 22nd of this year, only about the fact that the IG was finishing a review about matters involving the office in Cincinnati,” Carney said on Monday.
The spokesman described the notice as a “normal sort of heads up,” denying that the White House was provided with any intimate details of the report at that time.
Ruemmler took over for former White House Counsel Bob Bauer in the summer of 2011. Prior to that, she worked as a lead prosecutor in the federal government’s case against Enron.