Boehner: Obama administration displaying 'remarkable arrogance'
May 16th, 2013
12:29 PM ET
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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. Texas Patriot

    I agree with Liberal Sense, the liberals on this blog are super pathetic. They just can't believe they voted for such a "Thug" from the poophole of Chicago. Hey Congress quit messing around and start running this country like you are supposed to and tell that Peanut Gallery of Democrats to shut the hell up!!!!!!

    May 16, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. Maria Rivera-Carvalho

    That's rich coming with the most supercilious House leader since Newt Gingrich. The orange man needs to get some perspective.

    May 16, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  3. Ancient Texan

    The media, at least part of it, is waking up and discovering a different Obama administration than the one they have been protecting and covering up for during the last 4 1/2 years.

    May 16, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  4. AnnoyedByPolitics

    great, Obama demanded the resignation of a guy who was already leaving in June. A truly genuine gesture.

    /sarcasm

    May 16, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  5. MikeRight

    Notably absent from this story is one of the most critical related to the IRS scandal and Obama's reaction. It is described here that Obama "demanded" the resignation of the IRS commissioner, but what is already fairly public knowledge and has been pointed out by other major media outlets, is that the acting IRS commissioner that resigned was already going to be resigning in a few weeks due to a term limit. So, talk about taking the "bite" out of Obama's reaction. "No, you will not resign in three weeks, I need to demand on national TV that you resign today! I have to take strong action!"

    Fantastic reporting here...

    May 16, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ DANA
    Bush 43 comes to mind when I think of arrogance. Incompetence also comes to mind when I think of Bush. Come to think of it...moron also comes to mind. Hypocrisy comes to mind when I think of Boehner and some other words I would probably get moderated on. I think I have conveyed enough to get my point across.
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    No not nearly enough for me DANA because I'm also thinking of in posession of an excessive amount of unmitgated gall, incompetent, duplicitous, clueless, worthless unpatriotic government moocher good for nothing lying POS drunk.

    May 16, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  7. Steve

    Well the good news is we only have 3 more years of this horrible administration and then we can flush the toilet and start rebuilding this Nation with some competent people. Worst President in history without a doubt.

    May 16, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  8. Mb

    Boehner....you are a moron...Really....REALLY....take a good look at yourself and your PARTY....You are all PATHETIC ...on a good day....which you have none....I am embarrassed fou you and all yourf flunkies....Can't wait for you to be gone...You "sir"... Will go down in history as the WORST speaker....

    May 16, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  9. Steve

    Well the good news is we only have 3 more years of this incompetent administration and then we can start over

    May 16, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  10. John Illinois

    Full investigation! Nothing else is acceptable! Of course Obama does not want an investigation on scandals because it will lead to him and his cronies!

    May 16, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  11. Alexander Bowen

    Nothing as pathetic as W Bush, smoking speaker is dumb as dirt

    May 16, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The epitome of hypocrisy!... Given today's instant internet communication technology... there's no reason for anyone to be so naive about the Republican Party's shunning the will of the majority of the people; while racially blatantly and disrespectfully trying to make a mockery of the office of the Presidency; solely because its held by a Black Man.
    America's Democracy and reputation during the Bush administration imploded, Republican greed ran rampant, thousands of lives lost domestically as well as abroad. Having had the worst arrogant mentally challenged aloof Republican President in George Bush, and the worst arrogant dictator of a Vic President in Dick Cheney, John Boehner covetingly embraced the tyranny.
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    Thank you Ronal Hicks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 16, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Tim

    I Hate Obama with a passion. He will be humiliated in his current term with everything that is going to go wrong with this country. I hope Boehner and the conservatives stick it to him at every opportunity
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    President Obama doesn't even know you'rer alive Timmy, and those of us that do don't care whether you live or die.

    May 16, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  14. Canada 1

    I guess the economy is improving so they cant harp on about that anymore, so time to start some witch hunts to make the administration look bad whether it can be proven or not. If you cant win the next election on your own merit, then just try to make the other guy look worse than you I guess.....

    May 16, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  15. Texas Patriot

    Shay, relax there are still 47,000,000 more Democrats just like you so don't give up. We will still be sending you your food stamps and welfare.

    May 16, 2013 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  16. rosethornne

    Arrogance?
    Pot – – kettle

    May 16, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  17. Durundal

    Texas Patriot
    I agree with Liberal Sense, the liberals on this blog are super pathetic. They just can't believe they voted for such a "Thug" from the poophole of Chicago. Hey Congress quit messing around and start running this country like you are supposed to and tell that Peanut Gallery of Democrats to shut the hell up!!!!!!

    bahahaha, I love it. a nativist Texan , ranting about a person from Chicago based on nothing substantive other than a blatantly obvious confirmation bias: pot, meet kettle...

    May 16, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  18. IOIYAR

    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.

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    Boehner, why don't you just look at the records from 2005 to see who from the IRS you sent to jail for targeting the NAACP, Greenpeace and the All Saints Episcopal. Oh, wait. You didn't send anyone to jail, in fact you didn't even investigate it. Hypocrite.

    May 16, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  19. yeahright.

    jc

    He is the worst Prez ever since jimmy carter

    -

    Another one that was in a coma from 2000 to 2008.

    May 16, 2013 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  20. Texas Patriot

    Hey Durnudel or whatever, Texas is a solvent state not broke like the rest of America, and especially any Democrat state. Texas can exist on its economy alone, we have it all and we don't tax our people till they drop. There is no kettle calling the pot nothing. Obama, is destroying this country and you will go broke, but Texas will be strong. I bet you come from some stankin yankee state that is already broke and has accept stimulus package from Washington.

    May 16, 2013 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  21. ga.democrat

    Boehner is a do nothing disgrace. He and his cronies just cannot get out of their "hate Obama mode" and do something positive. How much money have they cost taxpayers in their efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act? I've lost count as to the number of times. How about channelling some of that hatred into a jobs bill? The economy continues to improve in spite of these losers!

    May 16, 2013 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  22. Ghostwriter

    Darell Issa in the same day announced that no one is out to go after the president......and that the president is obviously to blame....

    Republicans couldn't just go thru with the investigation.....they pretty much intercepted a pass and started their end zone dance without bothering to actually score.

    So if they turn up nothing implicating the president like they have failed to turn up anything in the previous investigation, will they back off? Nope. Their base will be dumb enough to believe that something was hidden and continue onward.

    May 16, 2013 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  23. doug

    since when is that moron ever interested in "facts" HA! he is such a joke

    May 16, 2013 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  24. The fact of the matter

    "Remarkable arrogance". Well said!

    May 16, 2013 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  25. katahdin

    Republicans have spent the last 30 years relentlessly working to undermine trust in government. They have refused to work with our elected President on anything at all.
    President Obama owes Republicans nothing.

    May 16, 2013 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
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