White House Takes Action on 3 Controversies

Amid scandal the Obama administration takes action on three different controversies.
3:01 | 05/16/13

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We'll go to the white house after a furious day of damage control, facing tough questions and harsh criticism on three different controversies, president obama and his team fought back on all fronts yesterday and abc's jon karl is on top of all the action. Reporter: Good morning. The president has been on fire -- under fire from all fron including from some of his own allies who say he has been too passive in responding to all this, but now the president is firing back. The president was unsparing in his criticism of the irs for targeting conservative tea party groups. It's inexcusable and americans are right to be angry about it and I'm angry about it. Reporter: And promised immediate action starting with the resignation of the acting irs commissioner. I'll do everything in my power to make sure nothing like this happens again. By holding the responsible parties accountable. Reporter: Although that doesn't appear to be immediate. In his letter of resignation steven miller suggested that he would not be leaving right away, writing "as I wrap up my time at the irs, I will be focused on an orderly transition." With congress now poised to hold multiple investigations on the issue, speaker of the house john boehner says he wants more than resignations. Now, my question isn't about who is going to resign. My question is, who's going to jail over the scandal? Reporter: Late wednesday the white house also gave in to republican demands to release 100 pages of e-mails detailing the behind-the-scenes conversation in the days after the terrorist attack in benghazi. The e-mails confirm what abc news first reported, the so-called talking points underwent 12 revisions deleting references to the terror threat in benghazi after the state department raised objections. Senior administration officials, however, said it was deputy cia director mike morrell who actually made the changes by hand. The e-mails show that all 12 versions of the talking points said the attack was, quote, spontaneously inspired by protests in cairo, something that turned out not to be true. Okay, jon, that is the irs controversy. The benghazi controversy enand attorney general facing some too as to the phone records and the associated press. Reporter: Here's the white house. You can tell there is a real concern about that. They have no control over that. They can't interfere with that investigation but the president has come out now to say he wants congress to pass a shield law which at least in theory could protect journalists from this in the future. Overall the week started out so tough for the white house and saw the action. Do they feel like they have this under control? Reporter: I think they feel a lot better now than they did 24 hours ago, george. The response earlier on this was, look, none of this is in our control and now the president has taken action on the irs. They believe they can move on from this. But, of course, congressional hearings are just beginning on that. Yeah, a lot of hearings tomorrow. Jon, thanks very much.

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