When it comes to the unfolding scandal at the Internal Revenue Service, the Obama administration and its critics agree on one thing: Don’t take everything the White House says at face value.
Questioned on several Sunday talk show about whether the IRS was pressured by the president or other administration officials to target conservative groups, a senior White House adviser said, “No,” but conceded that the American people may not be convinced.
“Don’t take my word for it,” Obama aide Dan Pfeiffer said during an interview on ABC’s “This Week.” “Take the word of the independent inspector general who said that he found no evidence that there was any influence from anywhere outside the IRS,” he added.
The inspector general’s report, released last week, didn’t find evidence of White House pressure on the IRS to target tea party or conservative groups for extra scrutiny.
But Republicans, arguing for a deeper investigation into what happened, believe that there are many unanswered questions and that the White House surely shouldn’t be let off the hook, at least not yet.
“There’s so much more that we’ve just uncovered that we do not know the root causes of,” Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, said on “Fox News Sunday.”