June 3rd, 2013
02:15 PM ET
11 months ago

Carney brushes off Issa remark

(CNN) – White House Press Secretary Jay Carney refused to take the bait Monday, declining to respond to Rep. Darrell Issa's scathing blow in which the Republican congressman called Carney a "paid liar."

"I'm not going to get into a back-and-forth with Chairman Issa," Carney said, laughing it off at the daily press briefing.

He then pivoted away from the controversial remark to say the White House is focused on finding all the facts in the Internal Revenue Service scandal.

Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," Issa said Carney was a "paid liar" for the administration for repeating in press briefings the IRS' explanation of how conservative and tea party groups faced scrutiny in their tax exempt applications.

READ MORE: IRS investigation takes nasty turn as more hearings loom

The IRS has attributed fault to the Cincinnati office, where the tax-exempt division is based.

"When I spoke about the situation, I was referring to the findings of the independent inspector general," Carney said Monday.

Robert Gibbs, Carney's predecessor at the White House, called on Issa to apologize earlier Monday on MSNBC. Asked if he wants an apology, Carney said he appreciates "those who have spoken in my defense" but maintained that he's not going to engage the Issa story.

"I am interested in what the president is interested in in this matter, which is we take action to ensure that this activity doesn't happen again, he said. "Those are the things that matter here."


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  1. Guess

    Donna, the handouts are whats driving our economy, you need consuling, bad. all i hear is failed policies, corruption, where were you in sept to dec of 08? he turned around the worst economy in 75 years, brought on by gop policies, deregulating natural gas, for more profits by haliburton is not corrupt? Fabricating intelligence reports to con congress into war, not corrupt? outing a usa spy, not corrupt? gerrymandering, voter supression.this econmy is better than it ever could have been had mittens won. his tax plan was worse than the one that bankruted our conjtry, your clueless arent you honey? poor girl, got your facts all fouled up, hppens when you get your info from fox news, enjoy your delusional life sweetie, your arguements are a mess!

    June 3, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. Mike

    I would ignore grand theft auto's comments as well. Sorry Daryl your spitting into the wind with all these made up investigations.

    June 3, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. demogoat

    Kenneth Star, oh I mean Chairman Issa, he is on it, look what 7 years of investigation during the Clinton admin got us, a black stained dress. I hope you all get what you want out of this circus. I know I will in 14, when the house goes dem.

    June 3, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  4. Guess

    Donna, fair, the bush administration most definitely said he had nuclear capabilities, period, remember all the fuss about him not letting nuclear inspectors in suspected facilities, rremember now, hhis claims bush had a spy on the iae inspectors, turns out, he was correct, dont try your lame as crap on the ones who were paying attention, im sure there are reports on that, but i dont need them, and your not interested in the truth anyway

    June 3, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  5. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    Like NBC fabricating a story into being a racial issue? YEAH NBC (The Obama network) is in fact a racist one.

    June 3, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. mikemc58

    How does Carney sleep at night knowing he's lier

    June 3, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    Maybe if this administration ever becomes "transparent" they won't get hassled nearly as much.

    Will never happen of course.

    June 3, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  8. king

    when will these dem politicians stand up to the rabid right wing, carney should have blasted that right winged zealot issa. lesson folks i am tired of the right wing nuts keep bullying the dems and all the dems does is lie down. when the right wing say or do their mess, their right nutling jump in lap step behind who ever spewing out lies and insinuations, on the other hand when a dem in trouble the dems seems to jump on the right winged side and devour their own. how the hell can we win anything if we dont start throwing boulders like the right winger does. the right wingers have been insinuating like hell and not one of their insinuation turned out to be true. yet they still insinuate that something is going wrong and then treat it like its actual facts. come on dems stand up for crying out loud.

    June 3, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  9. Jesus

    JZ Said:

    "Carney said, in his briefing today, that by EVERY measure healthcare costs have gone down. He is a liar. My premium has gone up by more than 30% since this whole debacle started and my agent says my health insurance premium will go from 12k to 30k+ by the time the whole program gets implemented. But, I am just an average citizen who is not poor enough to qualify for subsidies and, as an average citizen, I guess my "measurable" simply does not matter. I swear politicians pee on your leg and tell you its raining and they talk like no one is listening."

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    No one is talking about your specific case JZ. You also need a new agent if yours is telling you that it is going to go from 12k to 30k

    June 3, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "This administration is GUILTY GUILTY GUILTY."

    Of what? Tell us precisely what they are guilty of, particularly Obama, and then what SPECIFIC evidence you rely upon to reach that conclusion. None of this "oh, well, it simply must be true" crap you tried to pull with these imaginary 157 meetings at the "White House" between Schulman and Obama scripting nefarious conspiracies against the Teatrolls that wound up being 157 authorizations and only 11 real visits, the majority of which weren't even with Obama. Where's you proof? Where is it where is it where is it where is it where is it where is it where is it where is it where is it where is it where is it where is it where is it where is it where is it where is it where is it where is it where is it where is it where is it where is it where is it where is it where is it where is it where is it where is it where is it where is it where is it where is it where is it where is it where is it where is it where is it where is it where is it where is it where is it where is it where is it where is it where is it where is it?

    June 3, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  11. Guess

    Bush specifically said he was making, or had made already, nuclesr material, try your lies on someone else who is not interested in the truth

    June 3, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. The REAL Truth...

    @Awestruck – Let's hope that Congress overruns the Executive branch so we can oust this amateur monkey clown. It is now time for a revolution.
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    Apparently the right is not smart enough to realize that inciting revolution is a treasonous offence. Under the Patriot Act Legislation, initiated by the worst President in history (Hint: Dubya) you can be held at their pleasure. Good luck.

    June 3, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    "America must not ignore the threat gathering against us. Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof, the smoking gun that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud." – George W. Bush

    He was referring to nuclear weapons morons. Yellowcake uranium isn't meant for anything else.

    June 3, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  14. California Gary

    @Donna........never said they had nuclear weapons? Is that so........what do you suppose they were referring to when they said they didn't want our proof to come in the form of a mushroom cloud? What makes mushroom clouds other than nuclear weapons?

    June 3, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  15. The Other Bob

    JZ

    Carney said, in his briefing today, that by EVERY measure healthcare costs have gone down. He is a liar. My premium has gone up by more than 30% since this whole debacle started and my agent says my health insurance premium will go from 12k to 30k+ by the time the whole program gets implemented. But, I am just an average citizen who is not poor enough to qualify for subsidies and, as an average citizen, I guess my "measurable" simply does not matter. I swear politicians pee on your leg and tell you its raining and they talk like no one is listening.
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    You're an average citizen with a below-average grasp of statistics.

    June 3, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  16. Yakobi

    The democrats are stuck in their London bobby mode: "Move along, nothing to see here." It's sad that it's taken more than 4 years for some of the mainstream press to start questioning this administration's integrity.

    June 3, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  17. The Other Bob

    Awestruck

    Funny how Jay Carney is actually a Carney for Obuma's circus. Obama is the biggest liar and sham in American history. If Obuma passes some new mental health legislation, his entire voting base would be disqualified. The Communist in chief is the most ignorant, and to quote Bill Clinton "Inexperienced amateur' not qualified to be president, and 'Has no idea how the world works' Let's hope that Congress overruns the Executive branch so we can oust this amateur monkey clown. It is now time for a revolution.
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    You and Donna had better be careful you don't drown in all that tea you're drinking.

    June 3, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  18. Christian Grey

    to: Fair Is Fair
    When will this admin take responsibility for their actions without point to the bush years, will you never do that?
    It's G.W. fault, It's G.W. fault

    June 3, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  19. David

    Meanwhile nothing gets done in Washington.

    June 3, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  20. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The problem is that there were so many of these groups that have asked for non-profit tax exempt status that it has created a problem. Who is to believed about things like this? We have far too much money in politics now. This is an attempt to weed some of it out.

    June 3, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  21. Dallas

    Good for you Jay! Don't stoop to Issa's level. Typical Republican (tea bag) philosophy – guility until proven innocent and lie about anyone and everything.

    June 3, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  22. Just say'n

    How many times does he need to be caught before he admits he is lying?

    June 3, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  23. mike Lake Orion Michigan

    What is the point of Carney coming out everyday? He is nothing but a liar where I come from. Obama and Carney are laughing stocks that cannot be credible! The American people expect the truth anything less is unacceptable!

    June 3, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  24. Freedom Storm

    "[A]lthough the commissioner of the IRS, Douglas Shulman, visited Obama's White House no fewer than 157 times, which is 156 times more than his predecessor Mark Everson ever visited the White House, we know that this was for legitimate Easter-egg rolls, as he testified to Congress, and meetings to discuss Obamacare. The Easter Bunny, one should note, visits the White House two to four times as often as the average IRS commissioner did before Mr. Shulman came along. But you can't make a health-care omelet without breaking Easter eggs: It is one of the many distinctive features of Obama-style 'health' 'care' 'reform' that, while it has not led to the hiring of a single additional doctor, nurse, or hospital janitor, it did require the biggest expansion of the IRS since the Second World War. So, when he wasn't rolling Easter eggs and advising the moppets on whether they needed to declare the luxury Belgian white chocolate balls with praline filling, he was participating in vital meetings on how many extra SWAT teams he was going to need to enforce the new colonoscopy non-compliance penalty." –columnist Mark Steyn

    June 3, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  25. The Real Tom Paine

    -Jesus

    JZ Said:

    "Carney said, in his briefing today, that by EVERY measure healthcare costs have gone down. He is a liar. My premium has gone up by more than 30% since this whole debacle started and my agent says my health insurance premium will go from 12k to 30k+ by the time the whole program gets implemented. But, I am just an average citizen who is not poor enough to qualify for subsidies and, as an average citizen, I guess my "measurable" simply does not matter. I swear politicians pee on your leg and tell you its raining and they talk like no one is listening."

    ________________________________________________________

    No one is talking about your specific case JZ. You also need a new agent if yours is telling you that it is going to go from 12k to 30k
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    Since companies are rated on experience, perhaps its because insurers concluded your company is not doing enough to reduce your risk. My company has seen its rates go down, and we have a broader selection of plans than before. We have also made a concerted effort to live healthier as well. Put do down the burgers and start walking.

    June 3, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
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