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

PFEIFFER: Well, there is no question that what happened in the IRS was a breach in trust. And we have to do everything we can to repair that breach. And that's what the president is doing. That's why he took decisive action, and why we're going to make sure this never happens again. Going forward I think it's important to note two things, one steps we have taken -- since the president has been in office he has taken serious steps to reform government, make it more efficient, make it more transparent. And what I think the test here is, when problems arise, how do we address it? And in the IRS, we're taking decisive action to make sure it never happens again, and we're going to hold those responsible, accountable.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Dan Pfeiffer, thanks very much.

PFEIFFER: Thank you, George.

STEPHANOPOULOS: That's the view from the White House. How will Congress respond? Key lawmakers investigating this week's revelations are up next in just 90 seconds.



REP. DAVE CAMP, (R) MICHIGAN: This appears to be the latest example of a culture of cover-ups and political intimidation in this administration. It seems that the truth is hidden from the American people just long enough to make it through an election.

REP. SANDER LEVIN, (D) MICHIGAN: If this hearing becomes essentially a boot strap to continue the campaign, and to prepare for 2014, we will be making a very, very serious mistake.


STEPHANOPOULOS: And that was the scene at the Capitol on Friday as the House kicked off its hearings into the IRS. Senate finance committee holds its hearings this week.

We're joined by two senators on that committee, Republican Rob Portman in Ohio, Democrat Bob Menendez from New Jersey, also two Congressman from the house who are looking into, Republican Tom Price and Democrat Charles Rangel.

Thank you to all of you.

Let me begin with Senator Portman. So this has now all bee looked at, these IRS allegations has been looked at by the White House, the inspector-general of the IRS and this House committee has had its hearings. So far, no evidence that the White House knew about the wrongdoing in Cincinnati, no evidence that the White House directed it in any way. Do you accept that first of all?

And given that, what's the most important unanswered questions for your hearings this week?

PORTMAN: Well, George, first, we just don't know yet. There was an audit done by an inspector-general. But we've not had an investigation that. That's why a bipartisan investigation at the Senate finance committee and at the weighs and means committee is necessary. I also think that special counsel is going to end up being necessary here, because it has to be independent of the White House.

What we do know is that politics was put ahead of the public interest. And it was done in two of the most sensitive areas of our government. One, of course, the tax collection agency, which has this enormous power over all of us. And second, our national security.

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