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Obama: I ‘did not know anything’ about IRS targeting before reports

Asked if he could ensure the public that no one in the White House knew about the IRS's actions before the White House counsel's office learned of a Treasury inspector general (IG) report in April, Obama said he “certainly did not know anything about” the scandal before reading news reports.

"I can assure you that I certainly did not know anything about the IG report before the IG report had been leaked through press," Obama said at a soggy Rose Garden press conference where he sought to battle back against a trio of controversies dogging his administration.

The president did not directly say whether anyone at the White House knew about the IRS's actions, though White House press secretary Jay Carney did offer this assurance earlier this week.

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