WASHINGTON (May 19, 2013)--Senior White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer insisted Sunday that President Barack Obama first learned the Internal Revenue Service had been targeting tea party groups "when it came out in the news."
Speaking Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," Pfeiffer said the White House counsel's office learned of the IRS inspector general's investigation in late April, but said Mr. Obama wasn't informed of the probe.
Pfeiffer said "the cardinal rule" for all administrations is to avoid giving off the appearance of interference in an independent investigation.
“The political sensitivity is exactly why no one got involved,” he said.
Pfeiffer says the new acting IRS commissioner will do a 30-day top-down review to examine everything that happened.
Pfeiffer said the new commissioner will make sure that anyone who did anything wrong is held accountable.