WASHINGTON – A Treasury official says the department told the White House twice that the IRS was preparing to make public its targeting of conservative political groups.
The official said Monday that Treasury told the White House in late April about a possible speech in which IRS official Lois Lerner would make a public apology and that outgoing Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller expected to be asked about the issue during congressional testimony. However, the official said Treasury did not give the White House advance warning that Lerner planned to address the issue during a May 10 conference, which she ultimately did.
White House advisers have said President Barack Obama was not told about the IRS targeting before it became public.
The official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and insisted on anonymity.