White House Counsel Kathy Ruemmler is leaving her job at the end of the year, the White House confirmed Wednesday.
A former federal prosecutor, Ms. Ruemmler, 42, became the president’s chief legal adviser in June 2011.
She managed to maintain a low profile until April, when the White House said she had decided to keep President Obama in the dark initially about a draft report detailing the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups. Critics said Mr. Obama should have been informed sooner, while others doubted that he was truly kept out of the loop.
White House aides came to her defense, saying she was trying to prevent the president from being accused of potentially interfering in an investigation of the agency.
White House press secretary Jay Carney called Ms. Ruemmer “an enormous asset” and said Mr. Obama had urged her to stay in the job as long as she has.
“She is an enormous asset and a very important adviser to the president and one of the smartest people I’ve ever met and one of the best people I’ve ever worked with,” Mr. Carney said. “So we will all be sad to see her go when she goes.”
He said the president has not chosen a replacement.