NBC's David Gregory suggested that the White House is blaming the growing IRS scandal on the Treasury Department for not "deal[ing] with this more quickly":
"David, it's a lot, especially when you begin with Benghazi, move on into the IRS, and now AP/FBI," said anchor Brian Williams. "I looked up in the cable coverage this afternoon, [it] was asking, is this the curse of a second term?"
"Well, there's some of that and this is a trifecta that really goes to the president's trust, that goes to the question of incompetence within the administration," said Gregory. "The IRS issue stands out to advisers I've talked to in the White House to outside allies, to the president. They say this is so egregious, something has to be done. There's frustration I can tell you within the administration that more was not done within the Treasury Department to deal with this a little bit more quickly."