An online petition was created on the White House website in April (15), urging government officials to intervene in the star's fight to bring her two children back to their native U.S. from Monaco, where they have been living with her German ex-husband Daniel Giersch since 2012.
In May (15), the campaign, supported by Rutherford's former Gossip Girl co-star Ed Westwick and Kim Kardashian, attracted more than the 100,000 signatures required to have the issue reviewed by White House staffmembers, but on Tuesday (28Jul15), Rutherford learned she would not be hearing Obama's thoughts on the custody controversy.
A statement posted online reads: "As the We the People Terms of Participation explain, to 'avoid the appearance of improper influence, the White House may decline to address certain procurement, law enforcement, adjudicatory, or similar matters properly within the jurisdiction of federal departments or agencies, federal courts, or state and local government'.
"Your petition raises issues that appear to be the subject of ongoing legal proceedings, and that's why we're declining to comment on it."
The news emerges days after judges in both California and New York declared they have no jurisdiction over the case, even though it was an official in Los Angeles who originally allowed Giersch to take Helena, six, and Hermes, eight, to Europe after his U.S. visa was revoked.
Rutherford, who has been allowed by a Monaco judge to spend the summer (15) with her kids, has yet to decide on her next step in the case.