WASHINGTON May 13 U.S. President Barack Obama
said on Monday it would be "outrageous" if Internal Revenue
Service staff targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny,
saying anyone found to have done so must be held fully
accountable because the agency must operate in a neutral,
In a joint news conference with British Prime Minister David
Cameron, Obama also fielded questions about edited talking
points prepared for U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan
Rice concerning the embassy attack in Benghazi, Libya, calling
recent attention to that issue a "side show."
Obama said the talking points for Rice matched the
assessments he was getting about Benghazi at the time, denying
there was a cover-up and saying the "political circus" in
Washington dishonored the victims in the attack.