1. Steve Miller lied to Congress
2. Lois Lerner lied to Congress
3. Barack Obama lied to the American people
– Pfeiffer defends handling of IRS scandal (Politico, May 19, 2013):
White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer on Sunday defended the Obama administration’s handling of the IRS scandal.
“What would be an actual real scandal in Washington would be if the president had been involved or had interfered in an IRS investigation,” Pfeiffer said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
Pfeiffer said that the administration followed the “cardinal rule” of all White Houses.
“You do nothing to interfere with an independent investigation and you do nothing to offer the appearance of interfering with investigations,” Pfeiffer said. Once informed, the White House officials responded after they had the facts, he said.Obama has come under fire from Republicans and others for being slow to respond and for saying that he learned only recently of the investigation into IRS officials targeting tea party groups.
“What we waited for were the facts,” Pfeiffer said. “It’s important to get out there fast, but it’s important to get out there right.”
Pfeiffer said the White House is remaining focused and will not going to let Republicans “drag Washington into a swamp of partisan fishing expeditions, trumped up hearings and false allegations.”