The smart money, if there is such a thing in this town, might be moving away from former White House counsel Kathy Ruemmler — who’s been high on some lists to replace outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder — after Thursday morning’s Washington Post story about the investigation of the 2012 prostitution scandal in Cartagena, Colombia, before President Obama’s visit there.

And remember, when it comes to appointments, it doesn’t matter what she said or did or didn’t say or didn’t do in that investigation. It only matters that likely incoming Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), will certainly want to look long and hard into this  —  along with Benghazi, the IRS and other matters during her tenure at the White House.

Obama, as we noted in compiling our list last week, is very high on her legal savvy, and while they’re said to be still going through vetting folks, her lack of prior Senate confirmation would be a handicap in that it could portend a long confirmation process.

The latest news likely made that process even longer. Grassley issued a statement Thursday saying that back in April 2012, he “had asked White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler to explain how she came to a definite conclusion [that no White House staff were involved in the scandal] so fast.  It’s now clear why the White House wouldn’t be transparent and it took the press to uncover the truth.”