Former White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler will rejoin Latham & Watkins LLP as a partner in the litigation department and as a member of the white-collar defense and investigations practice group. She will be resident in Washington and intends to expand her practice to New York, the firm said.
President Barack Obama’s chief of staff was told that an investigation found IRS employees improperly scrutinized Tea Party and small-government advocacy groups seeking tax-exempt status before the report was made public, White House press secretary Jay Carney said.
Whether the Internal Revenue Service controversy explodes into something bigger comes down to this: Did anyone in the Obama administration know before the Nov. 6 election that the agency singled out Tea Party groups for extra screening?
The almost daily disclosures by the White House about who knew about an IRS investigation before it became public has helped stoke the furor over the agency’s scrutiny of tax-exempt groups and given the president’s harshest critics an opening.
Facebook Inc. and its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg asked a court to order Paul Ceglia, the New York man who claims half of Zuckerberg’s holdings, to turn over the original contract and e-mails on which he bases his suit, saying the steps are needed to short-circuit a fraud on the court.