By Michael O’Brien, Political Reporter, NBC News
President Barack Obama’s team emerged on Sunday to defend his handling of revelations that the IRS had targeted conservative groups for scrutiny, as senior Republicans conceded they lacked evidence — so far — that the president directed the abuses.
Republicans appeared on the Sunday talk show circuit with hopes of sustaining their political momentum generated during this past week, one of the toughest weeks of Obama’s presidency. A series of controversies — that the IRS had targeted conservative groups, new questions about the administration’s response to last year’s terrorist attack in Benghazi, and news that the Department of Justice seized phone records of Associated Press journalists as part of an investigation regarding national security leaks — have forced the White House onto the defensive.
Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell said the IRS controversy amounted to evidence of a “culture of intimidation” by the administration. But he and Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., admitted they lacked evidence that the targeting of conservatives was ordered by the White House.
YOU WILL REMEMBER THAT SENATE MINORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL LED THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IN A WAR TO RENDER PRESIDENT OBAMA INEFFECTUAL AND IMPOTENT IN AN ATTEMPT TO LIMIT HIM TO ONE TERM:
- Obama picks temporary IRS head as Tea Party decries scandal (news.yahoo.com)
- White House defends IRS handling, McConnell asserts ‘culture of intimidation’ (firstread.nbcnews.com)
- Obama Appears Unscathed By Unfolding Scandals (huffingtonpost.com)
- McConnell: IRS flap ‘critical mistake’ (politico.com)
- EXCLUSIVE: McConnell: IRS Revelations ‘Just The Beginning’ (patdollard.com)
- Obama agenda seems to be weathering controversies (news.yahoo.com)
- McConnell calls for review after IRS admission (politico.com)
- Week of controversies take center stage for Sunday talk shows (firstread.nbcnews.com)