He also called the White House press secretary, Jay Carney, the administration's "paid liar."
The Republican broadsides went beyond Mr. Issa to voices that had been more measured in the past.
"I think the attorney general has to ask himself the question: Is he really able to effectively serve the president of the United States and the American people under the present circumstances?" SenatorJohn McCain, Republican of Arizona, said Sunday on the CBS program "Face the Nation. "That's a decision he'd have to make."
Mr. Issa ratcheted up the pressure over the weekend with the selective release of excerpts from continuing committee interviews with I.R.S. employees in Cincinnati involved in the added scrutiny of Tea Party groups and other conservative associations.
In one excerpt, an employee said I.R.S. officials in Washington as far back as March 2010 had ordered up the screening of tax-exemption applications for references to "Tea Party" and other conservative keywords. By April that year, the employee had forwarded 7 of around 40 screened cases to Washington.
Another employee told committee investigators of seeking another job in July 2010 because of "micromanagement" from Washington.
"It was the whole Tea Party. It was the whole picture," the employee said, according to the excerpt. "I mean it was the micromanagement, the fact that the subject area was extremely sensitive, and it was something that I didn't want to be associated with."
None of that constituted evidence of wrongdoing at the White House, but Republicans suggested on Sunday that such evidence would emerge in due time.
"This pattern of deception, administration-wide, is starting to become concerning," Representative Mike Rogers, Republican of Michigan, said on "Meet the Press." "You know, when you look at the I.R.S., and you look at the Benghazi issue, and you look at the A.P. issue, I think the trouble here isn't even the individual specific scandals. It's this broader notion that there's a pattern of this activity."
The White House plans to focus on its own agenda as much as possible rather than let Congress command attention. On Monday, Mr. Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will host a national conference on mental health at the White House, bringing together advocates, care providers, educators and others. On Tuesday, Mr. Obama will host President Sebastián Piñera of Chile at the White House.
The president will travel to Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday to talk about middle-class jobs and then fly to California for a summit meeting Friday with President Xi Jinping of China at Sunnylands, the Walter and Leonore Annenberg estate in the Palm Springs area. It will be their first meeting since Mr. Xi's ascension, with issues like economics, North Korea and cybersecurity on the agenda.
—By Jonathan Weisman of The New York Times; Peter Baker contributed reporting.