relevant part begins ~ 5:43
Megyn Kelly discussed the Obama response with Andrew McCarthy, both attorneys, McCarthy a former prosecutor. She notes the Bloomberg reporter’s question was who in the White House knew about IRS targeting of conservatives.
Bloomberg reporter: Can you assure the American people that nobody in the White House knew about the IRS’s actions before your Counsel’s office found out about the IG probe?
Obama’s response: I can assure you that I certainly did not know anything about the IG report before the IG report had been leaked through press reports.
Kelly brings up that the AP thereafter interpreted that as as denial of knowledge of the IRS practices. AP headline was “Obama assures he did not know about IRS political targeting”, which of course, was not at all what he said but no doubt what he wanted the take away to be.
So if you don’t respond specifically to that direct a question, what may one conclude?
Either you did know, or you are so unclear as to the involvement of your administration, you choose to deflect the question.
McCarthy discusses the concept in the law of implied admission when one doesn’t actually respond.
The American people deserve much more than weasel responses from our President.