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May 17, 2013
Where's Howard Baker when we need him?
The former Tennessee Senator's iconic question to John Dean - "What did the president know and when did he know it" - has been repeated in every presidential scandal since Watergate. What about now? We know that the White House counsel was told of the IG's report - and presumably its general contents - on April 22. Lanny Davis, a former aide to President Clinton, wonders how it's possible Kathryn Ruemmler, the president's personal lawyer and holding "one of the two or three most important positions on the White House staff," could have possibly failed to inform the president of this politically charged issue: The White House counsel to the president, one of the two or three most important positions on the White House staff, must be more than a great lawyer, which Ms. Ruemmler reportedly is. The White House counsel must also have a sensitive political and media ear -- in other words, must be a first-rate crisis manager who understands the fundamental need to get the president out...(Read Full Post)