Boehner: Obama administration displaying 'remarkable arrogance'
May 16th, 2013
12:29 PM ET
11 months ago

Boehner: Obama administration displaying 'remarkable arrogance'

Washington (CNN) - The way President Barack Obama's administration is handling itself amid parallel points of outrage displays a "remarkable arrogance" that could decay public trust of government, House Speaker John Boehner asserted Thursday.

And he predicted that when all the facts emerge on the targeting of conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service, employees at higher levels than those in the field office where the targeting occurred will be implicated.

"Our system requires the bonds of trust between the American people and the government," Boehner said. "Those bonds, once broken, can be very hard to repair. Nothing dissolves the bonds between the people and the government like the arrogance of power here in Washington. That's what the American people are seeing today from the Obama administration. Remarkable arrogance."

On Wednesday, Obama demanded the resignation of the acting IRS commissioner Steven Miller, and vowed to take further action once more in known about who knew the targeting of conservative groups was taking place.

Boehner continued to demand more information from the Obama administration Thursday, and said criminal penalties could be in the pipeline for those who conducted the extra scrutiny on tax exempt applications.

Earlier this week he asked "who's going to jail over this scandal?" and on Thursday he cited the law prohibiting "extortion or willful repression" by revenue officers.

"I want to see the facts," Boehner said. "I want to know how this happened, who was responsible…we need to know where the facts are. Somebody made a decision to do this, and I doubt it was low level employees in this Cincinnati field office."

On Wednesday, a congressional source told CNN that the IRS has identified two "rogue" employees in the agency's Cincinnati office as being principally responsible for the "overly aggressive" handling of requests by conservative groups for tax-exempt status.


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soundoff (221 Responses)
  1. Fact Checker

    Boehner is at it again, displaying remarkable incompetence and pettiness. What else does he want Obama to say or do?

    May 16, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. Peoples State of Illinois

    I see the left keeps trying to defend the indefensible. Democrats are soooo toasted in 2014

    May 16, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. omeany

    Boehner knows all about remarkable arrogance as he is an expert! The fact that this man is still employed as Speaker says volumes about the condition of the GOP.

    I will say again, unless the GOP changes it's course and denounces the tea party faction and at least attempts to work with the President by passing the things that the majority of Americans want and need then they are obsolete as a party and will shortly cease to exist.

    Or worse, they will be completely overrun by the tea party and will still be obsolete but they will do a lot more damage to our country before their party dies out.

    May 16, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  4. Doc1

    Boehner calling the Obama administration arrogant: 'Pot, meet Kettle'

    May 16, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Arrogance:
    "I got 98% of what I wanted out of the deal."
    "That word [compromise] is not in my vocabulary."

    May 16, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  6. Sheila

    I can't imagine if this bonehead was the speaker when dubya was the potus – lol this country would have been in a world of hurt !!

    May 16, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  7. TruePatriots

    The last, dying gasp of the dinosaur party. More cheese to go with your whine?

    May 16, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  8. MLUCK

    Worst President ever.
    Even the dems should agree to that.

    May 16, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  9. Chris

    I honestly have no idea how Boehner sleeps at night (other than under a Mcdonald's heat lamp to keep his orange glow). He is the biggest hypocrite on the planet!

    May 16, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  10. WJC

    Oh shut up Mr Speaker and get back to what you do best, handing out checks from lobbyists to your corrupt cabal of conservative congressmen.

    May 16, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  11. scott emerson

    Nixon resigned instead of facing the impeachment process and what he did was nothing to what Obama has done and I'm sure currently doing. No matter what facts are presented the willy dilly liberals are not going to believe they screwed up and voted Obama into office (twice). It's like having all 3 monkeys as one when it comes to the truth about Obama. Just imagine the President saying 3 times in a row "I knew nothing about what was going on", hello, anyone out there?

    May 16, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. Chris

    "Peoples State of Illinois
    I see the left keeps trying to defend the indefensible. Democrats are soooo toasted in 2014

    May 16, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |"

    Wasn't that the EXACT same thing you said before the last election? I guess ignorance really is bliss.

    May 16, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  13. Chris

    There's a nice warm spot waiting in hell for mr boehner. He has been trying to toughen up his leathery hide in preparation for his final destination.

    May 16, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. 60minuteman

    Hey Boehner, where are the jobs?

    May 16, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  15. Marie MD

    Could somebody tell this drunk to shut up! This weeper's ony defense on how utterly brainless he is is that he drinks and smokes too much. Emphasis on the drinking!
    Just thinking that this fool is in line for the presidency makes my head explode at times. He us useless as a speaker and a confressman and leader.
    You got 98% of what you anted and it's still not enough you cretin! Ohio get rid of this garbage of a man.

    May 16, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. Independent in Illinois

    *more hypocritical than him & the GOP. Lets just call facts as they are.

    Oh, & to "People's State of Illinois"... You continuously show the lack of intelligence & common sense. Please do this state a favor & move east into Indiana. Thank You

    May 16, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  17. RWB1956

    Oh, the humanity!!!

    May 16, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  18. Oglethorpe

    Where was the tanned Bonner when Bush & Cheney covered up the lies & deciet use to invade Iraq.

    May 16, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  19. John

    Funny how all the Libs try to defend Obama – You defense of Nixon...errrr, I mean Obama only sheds the light on how any of you have one ounce of ethic...Lying to the American People is what the left does on a daily basis. "If you believe it, its not a lie."

    May 16, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  20. Jeff

    Our Government is acting like a third world corrupt country. It's unthinkable that our government would use the IRS to punish political opposition, then to make matters 100x worse, when the AP press reports on something Obama or Holder doesn't like they try to intimidate and bully the press with subpoenas and scare tactics. This is not the principles our country was founded on. People need to go to jail for this and independent investigations need to be done. Something big needs to be done to restore faith in our government ASAP, I wouldn't rule out impeachment of the president and Eric Holder and Hilary Clinton need to serve time in jail, other wise we can longer trust our government to do the right thing. The government should fear the people, the people should not fear the government.

    May 16, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  21. DFREIGHT

    This seems to be a bit redundant since the IRS guy already submitted his resignation 2 months ago and was already planning to leave in June. How did "demanding" his resignation do any good to resolve a situation that had already happened before this scapegoat was put in charge? Take one for the team I guess since you won't be around for the fallout.

    May 16, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  22. 4sanity

    Earlier this week [Boehner] asked "who's going to jail over this scandal?" Ok, since you asked.... here's the first on my list.

    From the press on 5/25/11:

    WASHINGTON - Top Republican political strategist Karl Rove's method of secretly funneling unlimited contributions from big donors was so hugely successful in the 2010 campaign that Democrats are now trying to copy it. But his model may yet end up backfiring spectacularly.

    In one scenario, groups like Rove's Crossroads Grassroots Political Strategies could find themselves subject to massive fines, ranging as high as 35 to 70 percent of the money they received in secret donations.

    In another scenario, their deep-pocket donors could be hit by a 35 percent tax on their contributions.

    Rove may well have found a way around the nation's federal election laws. But now the key question is whether the Internal Revenue Service is willing to be assertive. Because if it is, then just like with Al Capone, it could be the IRS that gets him.

    In Crossroads GPS's solicitations for money, the group describes itself as a tax-exempt 501(c)(4) organization, and due to a controversial loophole in federal campaign finance rules, the names of donors to those organizations do not have to be disclosed publicly.

    But contrary to popular belief, Rove's group has not formally attained 501(c)(4) status. The group's application, requesting the IRS to classify it as a "social welfare" group, is still pending.

    And while the designation is typically not much more than a formality - organizations routinely call themselves (c)(4) groups before they've been formally approved - tax and campaign finance experts contacted by The Huffington Post said the IRS could well deny Crossroads GPS's application.

    IRS guidelines for 501(c)(4) status state that social welfare groups "must operate primarily to further the common good and general welfare of the people of the community" - which "does not include direct or indirect participation or intervention in political campaigns on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office."

    May 16, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  23. Publius Novus

    Boener "predicted that when all the facts emerge on the targeting of conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service, employees at higher levels than those in the field office where the targeting occurred will be implicated." Wow! That's a pretty safe "prediction," since the acting commissioner resigned yesterday. Hot stuff Big Boehner!!!

    May 16, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  24. JAY

    Oh my goodness--Boehner will say a...n...y...thing if it's anti-Obama--credibility be damned

    May 16, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  25. Mike

    Arrogance is calling for people to go jail before knowing the facts, let alone holding a trial.

    May 16, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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