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UNDER FIRE, OBAMA WHITE HOUSE RESORTS TO CALLING FACTS OF SCANDALS “IRRELEVANT”

Obama Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer Refused To Say Where Obama Was Throughout The Night Of The Benghazi Attacks, Calling It “A Largely Irrelevant Fact.” FOX NEWS’ CHRIS WALLACE: “With due respect, you didn’t answer my question. What did the president do that night?” PFEIFFER: “He was kept, he was in constant touch that night with his national security team, and kept up to date with the events as they were happening.” WALLACE: “When you say his national security team, he didn’t talk to the Secretary of State except for the one time when the first attack was over. He didn’t talk to the Secretary of Defense, he didn’t talk to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. Who was he talking to?” PFEIFFER: “He was talking to his national security staff, his national security council, are the people who keep him up to date about these things as they happen.” WALLACE: “Was he in the Situation Room?” PFEIFFER: “He was kept up to date throughout the day.” WALLACE: “Do you not know whether he was in the Situation Room?” PFEIFFER: “I don’t know what room the president was in that night. That’s a largely irrelevant fact.” (Fox News’ “Fox News Sunday,” 5/19/13)

Pfeiffer Called Questions Over Who Edited The Benghazi Talking Points, “Largely Irrelevant.” CBS’s BOB SCHIEFFER: “What I’m saying to you, is that was just PR, that was just a PR plan to send out somebody who didn’t know anything about what happened. Why did you do that? Why didn’t the Secretary of State come and tell us what they knew and if you knew nothing, say we don’t know yet? Why didn’t the White House Chief of Staff come out, and I mean this as no disrespect to you, why are you here today? Why isn’t the White House Chief of Staff here to tell us what happened?” PFEIFFER: “Well, let’s start with Susan Rice. Ambassador Rice went out that day, and represented the administration, and spoke to what happened with the best information we had, that everyone in the administration had, is what she looked at. And that was the consensus of the intelligence community. What we do, is we want to go out and speak to the problems as they happened. What’s important here is when problems happen, is that the president takes responsibility for them and tries to fix them. That’s what we’re talking about in Benghazi. You’re right, that is an absolute tragedy, what happened. The question isn’t who edited what talking points. That’s largely irrelevant. What is relevant is, what are going to do to make sure that never happens again which is why the president called on Congress to pass legislation to beef up embassy security around the world and protect our diplomats.” (CBS’s “Face The Nation,” 5/19/13)

Pfeiffer: “Law Is Irrelevant” On IRS Scandal. ABC’s GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: “What does the President believe? Does the President believe that would be illegal?” PFEIFFER: “I can’t speak to the law here. The law is irrelevant. The activity was outrageous and inexcusable and it was stopped.” (ABC’s ” This Week,” 5/19/13)