I don’t want to presume to offer the smartest man on the planet any advice, but maybe throwing your own lawyer under the bus might be a bad idea.
On the other hand, maybe that’s what White House Counsels are for. So you can blame them for everything.
The current official/unofficial narrative is that Kathyrn Ruemmler, the White House Counsel, who has done a pretty good job of stonewalling for Obama in the past, was responsible for
1. Knowing about the IRS targeting without telling Obama
2. Sabotaging the release of Benghazi information
The latest phase of the glorious narrative is that Obama got tripped up by his own lawyers. So says Buzzfeed and would Buzzfeed ever deliberately mislead you using administration talking points? Not since Monday.
BuzzFeed has learned that key members of President Obama’s national security team, including deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes, pushed to release a comprehensive timeline of events documenting the attack that would also synthesize the views of the various government agencies into one report. The CIA also wanted the White House to put out such a timeline, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
Those plans were quashed, however, when the White House Counsel’s office, which is led by Kathryn Ruemmler, advised the officials to not release any information to the public out of fear it could be used against them in any subsequent investigations and other legal complications.
Is there any chance that Buzzfeed learned all this from Ben Rhodes? Perish that crazy thought.
“It was aggravating,” one administration official said. “It comes back to Kathryn Ruemmler, Kathyrn Ruemmler, Kathryn Ruemmler. I hate to say it, as it sounds like piling on, but it’s on her doorstep too.”
Ruemmler has also come under fire this week for not making the president and others aware of the IRS investigation.
Marsha, Marsha, Marsha.
So the new story is that Obama and everyone around him wanted to do the right thing, but were prevented from doing it by an overzealous lawyer… who was only looking out for Obama’s best interests.
So no one is at fault really.
And where was Obama while all this internal drama (so much drama) was going on? Who knows. The story doesn’t bother to fill us in on what was going on in the head of the Nobel Peace Prize winner who was hitting the links with no clue that anything was going wrong. And how could he know?
It’s not like the buck stops with him. It stopped with Kathryn Ruemmler. And if Kathryn Ruemmler is the only one in the White House willing to accept responsibility for anything… maybe we should make her president.
And then Obama can have a really good excuse for not knowing what’s going on.