Last week, Jay Carney got a little laugh showing the “many faces of Jay” to the White House press corps. But this week it’s been revealed the White House collaborated with Lois Lerner on how to break the “targeting of the Tea Party scandal” to the media. He insists he had nothing to do with the planted question for Ms. Lerner.
From The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room:
Officials in the White House discussed how and when the Internal Revenue Service would tell the public that the agency had targeted political groups, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday.
Carney said that Mark Childress, the White House deputy chief of staff, twice spoke with Lois Lerner, the IRS official who oversaw the agency’s tax-exempt organization, about the strategy for revealing conservative targeting.
Childress and Lerner discussed the possibility that either Lerner would reveal that an inspector general’s investigation had found misconduct in a speech or that then-acting IRS director Steve Miller could receive questions about the IG investigation in congressional testimony.
According to Carney, the pair discussed “what [Miller] would say” if asked about the issue.
The press secretary went on to characterize the discussion “as just part of trying to find out when and under what circumstances this information would be released, made public, and what those findings would be.”
But Carney insisted that the White House had no knowledge of the agency’s eventual plan — to plant a question at an ABA conference for Lerner earlier this month.
A different story every day. What’s in store for tomorrow.