After days under siege, President Barack Obama has sprung into action to confront three alleged scandals that Republicans are slamming as evidence of abuse of power and cover-ups.
US President Barack Obama whistles as he departs the White House in Washington on May 13, 2013. Obama has launched a multipronged counterattack at Republicans who had painted a trio of alleged scandals as flagrant evidence of abuses of power and cover-ups.
In a multipronged attack on the Republicans, the president is acting amid incoming fire over the assault last year on a US mission in Libya, the targeting of conservative groups by tax officials and a Justice Department trawl of reporters' phone records.
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