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Post Show Thoughts: A Week of Controversies

The White House this morning pushed back against charges of conspiracy and cover ups in the wake of three controversies this week. White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer rejected the notion that there is a "cloud" of scandal over the administration and accused Republicans are playing politics with the issues. 

"We've seen this playbook from the Republicans before," alleged Pfeiffer. "What they want to do when they're lacking a positive agenda is try to drag Washington into a swamp of partisan fishing expeditions, trumped up hearings and false allegations."

Pfeiffer cited the GOP's use of a "doctored" White House email in order to stoke fear among the public around Benghazi. "After 25,000 pieces of paper were provided to Congress, they have to doctor an e-mail to make political hay? You know they're getting desperate here."

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) disagreed. He said the IRS's targeting of conservative groups amounts to a "culture of intimidation," within the administration. However, both he and Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) admitted there is no evidence that would suggest the president was personally at fault in in the IRS debacle.

"I don't think we know what the facts are," McConnell said. Camp later added, "We don't have anything to say that the president knew about it."

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