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White House Credibility Being Questioned

Story By: Larry Stine



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  Original Published: 5/15/2013  This week is a tough one for the Obama administration.    With issues with the IRS targeting conservatives, the Justice Department collecting a news agency's phone records, and renewed interest in the Benghazi attack, many are questioning its credibility.    Ed Payne has the details.   A report from the IRS Inspector General revea;s for 18 months, the agency singled out some conservative groups, like the Tea Party.   It led to lengthy delays processing the groups' applications for tax-exempt status.   Now, the FBI and Justice Department are working to see if any laws were broken.   And the president is calling for accountability.   But some lawmakers say these words don't amount to much.   "Nobody's held accountable and there's no responsibility. And have you yet to see anybody even get fired in these types of things?" asked Rep, Jason Chaffetz of Utah,   The Justice Department is also in the hot seat, for collecting two months of phone records from the Associated Press.   It did not notify the AP and defends it, saying it did not want to threaten its investigation.   An executive editor for the news agency questions this move.   "We've never seen anything along the size and scope of this particular investigation// it does beg the question 'what are they looking for and why do they need so many phone records?'" asked AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll.   Questions are also resurfacing about the attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.   Republicans believe leaked e-mails show administration officials scrubbed the mention of Al-Qaeda to cover knowledge of a planned attack.   But Democrats say this is just another distraction.   "President Obama was absolutely right to call this a sideshow.  This is about smear politics and nothing else," commented Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.     The Associated Press says the story that sparked the probe was news about the CIA thwarting an Al Qaeda plot to blow up a U.S. bound jetliner.
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