Sen. John CornynJohn CornynTrump opens can of worms with blast at drugmakers Senators wrestle with whether to back Tillerson Senate takes first step toward repealing ObamaCare MORE (R-Texas) said the Obama administration owes its recent troubles and controversies to a “culture of cover ups and intimidation” within the White House.


“Given the trend line we’re seeing here ... in so many different instances, it’s an unfortunate culture, I think, in the administration that it’s OK to cover these things up. And part of it has to do with the intimidation that the administration is using against some of its critics,” the Senate minority whip told Bob Schieffer on CBS’s Face the Nation.

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Cornyn referenced a trio of flaps: the IRS targeting of conservative groups, questions over post-Benghazi talking points and the Justice Department's seizure of Associated Press phone records.

“There is a credibility problem that this administration has,” Cornyn said.

Dan Pfeiffer, a senior advisor to Obama, defended the administration’s transparency record.

He told "Face the Nation" that the president has “taken more steps” than any other to open up White House operations to the public. He noted the White House publishes who meets with administration officials, among other items.

Rep. Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzSunday shows preview: Trump allies appear after John Lewis criticism White House blasts Chaffetz for threatening to subpoena ethics watchdog Schumer: GOP 'filling the swamp' by targeting ethics chief MORE (R-Utah) rejected the notion that the Obama administration has a good record on transparency.

“This administration says they want to be open and transparent, but they haven’t," Chaffetz said.