The White House has a bumpy summer ahead as roughly one-third of House committees are investigating the Obama administration in some aspect or another.
The most prominent group, of course, is Rep. Darrell Issa’s (R-Calif.) Oversight and Government Reform committee, which is taking point on the Benghazi investigation along with at least four other committees also looking into the government’s response with Benghazi.
The recent IRS scandal will be making headlines as well, as the Oversight and Government Reform and Ways and Means committees will be investigating if there was significant wrongdoing in targeting conservative political groups for audits or further paperwork. The House Republicans quickly snapped up the acting director of the IRS for a hearing on Friday, and will be pushing for the director’s resignation.
So far, top GOP members admit that it is unlikely the White House was involved in the IRS scandal, as only a couple bureaus nation-wide are getting investigated for controversial targeting.
In addition, the Associated Press just released on Monday that the Justice Department inquired into its reporters’ phone records, which will also launch hearings and committee investigations about wrongdoing.
Recent reports have also alleged that Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius may have used questionable methods to raise money to promote ObamaCare. Specifically, the New York Times reported that she acquired large donations from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and H&R Block to enhance the Congressional funds given to support the success of Obama’s health care initiative. Republican House members, however, are calling her fundraising illegal because she may have solicited it rather than having it freely given.
All in all, both the House and the White House will have their hands full this summer.