'This Week' Transcript: White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer

STEPHANOPOULOS: Going forward, there's also going to be real questions about what kind of impact this is going to have on the rest of the president's agenda. And -- and the individual -- the woman who was running the office overseeing the tax-exempt organizations, Sarah Hall-Ingram, is now overseeing the -- the Treasury Department's oversight of the president's health care plan. That's raised a lot of questions among Republicans on Capitol Hill. They say that she, given her previous experience, is exactly the wrong person to be overseeing Obamacare. Your response?

PFEIFFER: Well, look, the new acting commissioner of the IRS is going to do a 30-day, top-down review to see that anyone who did anything wrong is held accountable. And so -- but to date, this individual you're referring to is not mentioned in the inspector general's report. So, let's get the facts before we try to indict this person in the court of public opinion.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So, as far as you know she did nothing wrong, so the president believes that she can continue to fulfill her responsibilities on his health care plan?

PFEIFFER: Let's see what the review says after 30 days, and make our decision after that. Let's get some facts first.

STEPHANOPOULOS: And how about the broader questions raised by some Republicans on Capitol Hill, that given the IRS's extensive responsibility for overseeing the health care law, that this experience with the tax-exempt organizations calls that oversight into question?

PFEIFFER: Well, I -- I can't -- George I think the question here for both Republicans and Democrats is, are we going to come together and try to work to solve the problem? I understand the Republicans are still very angry that Obamacare is law. And they're still angry that they -- they ran an election on this and lost. What would be sad is if they try to use this as an excuse to -- to try to repeal Obamacare. Let -- let's actually solve the problem.

STEPHANOPOULOS: And so again, you have no question about the IRS's ability to oversee, and their responsibility to oversee Obamacare?

PFEIFFER: Well, no. Let's do -- we're going to -- the new acting commissioner is going to -- he starts next week, he's going to get in there, he's going to do a top to bottom review, and make sure they can do the job, and do it right.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Let's move on to Benghazi. The White House released over 100 emails this week detailing the communications with the State Department, and other government agencies over what was happening in those days and weeks after the attack out in Benghazi. I want to go back to something that Jay Carney said at the beginning of all of this, back in November about the kinds of changes the White House and the State Department were responsible for in those now infamous talking points?

(START VIDEO CLIP)

CARNEY: Well, the White House and the State Department have made clear that the single adjustment that was made to those talking points by either of those two -- these two institutions were, changing the word consulate to diplomatic facility, because consulate was inaccurate.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

STEPHANOPOULOS: Do you continue to stand by that? Because the emails you released show a host of communication indicating that the -- the changes were far more extensive?

Page
Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
You Might Also Like...