Ex-Clinton Counsel Says Obama’s Should Resign

Lanny Davis, a familiar figure in Washington circles, wrote Friday that White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler should quit her job if she intentionally failed to inform President Obama ahead of time about the IRS scandal.

Kathy Ruemmler

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.

Geoff Holtzman
Geoff Holtzman is Talk Radio News Service's Deputy Bureau Chief. As one of TRNS's primary correspondents, he helps cover the White House and Capitol Hill. Geoff also covered the 2012 presidential campaign, following the candidates to Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida and elsewhere. In the process, he learned that not all Motel 6's are created equal. Follow Geoff on Twitter @Geoff_Holtzman.
  • TeaParty Patriot (TTP)

    The owebumm does not have the integrity or self respect to resign.

  • Olvar

    When an average person has to read the headline three times to figure out why “Obama’s” uses the possesive, it is a poor headline. It is never apparent that Ms. Ruemmler is also an “ex-Clinton counsel.” In fact, she wasn’t because the last paragraph says her WH stint began in 2011. The headline is deliberately deceptive because many people will assume it was a typo and Davis was calling for the President’s resignation. For an article that deals with telling the truth early on, the readership deserves better.

    • Van_The_Man

      Correct. I read it twice, was still unclear about it’s meaning–and finally had to click on the article only then to find out what the headline was trying to say. Very poorly written headline–or maybe “clicks” was the goal all along.

    • DoctorFreedom

      All the author had to do was insert the word “counsel” after “Obama’s” in the headline. I too had to read it multiple times as it came across that Clinton’s counsel was saying *Obama* should resign. He should, although impeachment and incarceration in Leavenworth would be better suited!

  • festmatt5440

    No ‘; not resign ‘ ; he should go to , jail ‘.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Brownink09 Frank W Brown

    Can you say IMPEACH???
    Can you say BENGHAZI???
    Can you say FAST AND FURIOUS???
    Can you say IRS???
    Can you say AP???

    Where is the RULE of LAW?
    Where is CONGRESS? Didn’t you take an OATH? Well, DIDN’T YOU?

  • john4637

    Impeachment or resignation definitely alone will not do, but those steps may be enough to defang this viper. Maybe then those in the judiciary will no longer display the obvious fear they have of this individual, and when the time comes to sentence him after his trial they will impose a sentence commensurate with his obvious crimes!

  • Cameron Assarpour

    Not just resign, many of them should go to jail! This is the most criminal administration ever!

    • wise one

      if you think this is the most criminal administration ever, I assume you are 4 years old. Try reading about Nixon of George W. Bush and his lying us into a war in Iraq.

      • brent kaufman

        Nixon’s was one lie. Bush’s was one lie. Obama’s are legion.
        Obama’s most recent lie covering up the most recent scandal is the same as Nixon’s which was only a lie to cover up what someone else did. Bush’s lie, was terrible, but it was about WMDs currently exist in Iraq. Whether they existed, at that moment or not, is a silly point. Everyone, everyone, everyone including Hans Bliks, agreed that Iraq was working on WMDs and would eventually attain them. Bush shouldn’t have lied. He didn’t need to. Iraq was trying to do what they signed, in the cease-fire-agreement, not to do. He was trying to attain horrific weapons and that needed to be stopped, whether he had already succeeded in his goal or not, yet.

  • catherineinpvb

    Obama, Inc.; in it’s entirety; should be ‘frog marched’ to ‘somewhere’ (Gitmo would word, actually.) Just cannot believe that any of these ‘analysts”; believe that Obama did not know; support – give the word – ‘if only; the message ‘sick em’. . .to be ‘shared’.

    Refusing to recall/remember names; speaks to protection of those who are of the ‘highest order’; No one, ‘falls on his sword’; for the guy in the next office; or the office; ‘one floor up’ – so to speak.

  • ramblindon

    Thoughts while shaving: Obama must be impeached or Constitutional rule of law means nothing! Message to Boehner and RINO accomplices! Do your sworn duty, i.e., “to protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic”! America needs politicians with the backbone of a “broomstick”, not “wet-noodle”. That old adage, “now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country”, has never been more appropriate! Should the GOP fail, they do not deserve to be in high office any more than the notorious demo_rats! I Sum of the matter? mpeach Obama and his minions! Get on with it! Beginning, middle, end of story!

  • Bullet.223

    Drag that bottom feeding pile of communist camel dung out of our whitehouse…..convict and sentence he/she to 30 years of hard labor then deport

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