WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Longtime CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer has critical words for President Barack Obama in light of three scandals presently plaguing the administration.
Talking to “CBS This Morning,” the “Face the Nation” host described way the president and his administration is handling the fallout regarding the Internal Revenue Service scandal, the Benghazi incident and the Justice Department seeking phone records of The Associated Press as “disturbing.”
“This is not the Nixon administration. This is more of a case ‘is anybody home?’” Schieffer said.
Obama announced Wednesday evening that the acting IRS commissioner Steven T. Miller was resigning following the agency targeting conservative groups. The White House also released 100 pages of emails regarding talking points following the Sept. 11, 2012 terror attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and four other Americans.
Earlier Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder was grilled about the IRS scandal and the Justice Department targeting the AP’s phone record following a leak last year about a foiled terror plot.
“Somebody has got to grab hold of this thing,” Schieffer said. “It’s very, very disturbing what we’re seeing here.”
Schieffer called the situation right now in Washington “toxic.”
“President’s got some serious problems here and can he grab hold of this,” Schieffer said. “If he doesn’t, he’s not going to get anything done in the second term.”