White House advisor Dan Pfeiffer said “the law is irrelevant” when asked by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos Sunday about whether President Obama thought the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups was illegal:
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 we need it to be fixed so it doesn’t happen again.
STEPHANOPOULOS: You don’t really mean the law is irrelevant, do you?
PFEIFFER: What I mean is whether it’s legal or illegal is not important to the fact that the conduct doesn’t matter. The Department of Justice has said that they’re looking into the legality of this. The president’s not going to wait for that.