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May 29, 2013

Jay Carney: Eric Holder Didn't Lie, & of Course I'll Just Refer You to the Justice Department (Which Eric Holder Heads); Also, the White House is Completely "Satisfied" with IRS Candor on Scandals

Carney pronounces the White House "satisfied" completely with the IRS' "responsiveness" to inquires about the scandals.

Of course they're satisfied. They're not snitching. Mobsters don't mind if you take a pinch, they just don't want you to rat out the higher-ups when you're caught.

Note that the White House could have criticized the IRS officials for their lack of candor, and thus lobbed a shot across their collective bow, urging them towards greater honesty.

They chose not to, but instead to laud them for their parsimony with the truth. This is not an accident.

This is the White House giving Douglas Schulman, Steve Miller, and Lois Lerner the Across-the-Room Air High Five.

That video below, plus Carney referring a report to the Justice Department for an opinion as to whether the head of the Justice Department lied under oath.

Update: The AP will also not attend Eric Holder's Secret Briefing on Government Openness. Via Politico:

"We believe the meeting should be on the record and we have said that to the Attorney Generalís office. If it is on the record, AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll will attend. If it is not on the record, AP will not attend and instead will offer our views on how the regulations should be updated in an open letter," AP spokesperson Erin Madigan said in a statement sent to POLITICO. "We would expect AP attorneys to be included in any planned meetings between the Attorney Generalís office and media lawyers on the legal specifics."

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