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. Warren

    "Our system requires the bonds of trust between the American people and the government" I think the GOP broke those bonds a few years ago...

    May 16, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  2. rs

    This from a man who has the nerve to collect a paycheck (with free healthcare and retirement benefits) for doing absolutely nothing. The GOP is a useless party.

    May 16, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  3. Fire the GOP

    Most Americans are perfectly fine with the IRS cracking down on political organizations abusing the tax-exempt status. These freeloaders should pay their share instead of mooching off of us who actually have to pay taxes. Boehnor – you appear to be the arrogant one if you don't get that. Keep chasing afer birth certificates.

    May 16, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. Lisa P.

    If anyone should know about arrogance or breaking the trust of the people in government it would have to be Speaker Boehner. He's an expert on the subject, but the people are not fooled - we know who's responsible for the partisan bickering and gridlock: the one loudly proclaiming that he doesn't want to get anything done.

    May 16, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  5. Larry in Houston

    does anybody know when we used to have a speaker of the house, that was in office for at least 30 years, when he was in the background, at every state of the union address, he was never heard, sort of like Clarence Thomas, he was silent, never hardly ever heard. In today's times, we've had the 2 most speakers of the house, that has been the biggest whiners, & complainers (and crybabies) & just have downright negative comments, or every front there is !! IF you don't believe me, go to google & google Thomas Foley !! speaker of the house – for 30+ yrs.

    May 16, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  6. Thomas

    House Speaker John Boehner , speaking to the press with a cigaret in his mouth , a scotch whisky in his hand , on his way to the golf club.

    Boehner: Obama administration displaying 'remarkable arrogance' ?

    Boehner / Sanford
    Family Values , JOBS JOBS JOBS

    May 16, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  7. California Gary

    I was going to throw in a "snarky" comment about Boehner.........but I can't top what Thomas just posted. Right on Dude.

    May 16, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Oh, the administration displays resistance to witch hunts, so the right wing calls it arrogance.
    "The nerve of that guy not to roll over and surrender like we keep telling him to do."

    May 16, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  9. PaulCat

    Has anyone notice, "Mr. Arrogance" John Boehner never take questions.

    But its okay, he's a republican that hates Obama more then he love his country.

    Boehner, where are the JOBS?

    CLINTON "2016"

    May 16, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. Fire the GOP

    The more I hear about the facts, the more it sounds like the IRS did the right thing. A political organization that is against paying taxes is seeking tax-exempt status. In the normal world that would be a red flag to more closely scrutinize that organization. In GOP world it's a "scandal" worthy of "jail time".

    May 16, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. pat 72

    as usual freedom to speak your mind on some subjects are not allowed imagined that

    May 16, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. kylefromohio

    Like California Gary; It hard to top what Thomas Just Posted!!! Mr Speaker allow the Job bill to the House floor to be voted on!

    May 16, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. Jeff in Virginia

    This coming from John Boehner, who is very adept at showing "remarkable arrogance"...

    May 16, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. kylefromohio

    For a guy who was elected uncontested. Dayton Ohio Area wake up!!!!

    May 16, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  15. Bill

    Go belly up to the bar at The Monocle Boehner, you need another drink.

    May 16, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  16. Good Old Chicago Ganster Politics Where Lawless Rules

    Latest reports has the number of targeted groups around 500. It is pretty clear Obama has given the wink and nod to people in his administration to do whatever they can to attack their polictical opponents and using the IRS is just another case of it. The IRS has kept these conservative organizations side lined and out of TWO election cycles. THAT is what the leftists have been trying to accomplish. And all while screaming about bogus claims of suppressing the vote. It is THEY that have been suppressing their opposition using government intimidation.

    May 16, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. Honestly?

    I hear you, Boehner, but it sounds like"Blah blah blah. Blah blah blah ... blahhhhh." I really don't see any reason to continue with the GOP circus a.k.a Witch Hunters United, come 2014.

    May 16, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  18. ST

    Is anyone out there who can raise his hand up and say they fully trust this man in his job especially creating jobs, which he campaigned for? This man is a total disgrace. He cried a river when he was appointed as a Speaker of the House, and yet he has delivered nothing up to now. Where is Nancy Pelosi when we need her most?

    May 16, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  19. Ron L

    America WAKE UP... yes this is an important issue and I believe it will be dealt with "without" this polical grandstanding. Aren't all of you really SICK OF THIS... I wouldn't care if the President was a Democrat or a Republican when the IRS over reaches it has to be dealt with quickly and decisively and it will. So we need to turn our attention to other issues. I have a few questions to ask everyone reading this..
    Why isn't Mr. Boehner talking about getting some infrastructure projects going while money can be borrowed at close to zero percent. It is a known fact rebuilding roads, bridges, and the electrical grid is a money maker!! This would probably take another .5 percent off the unemployment figure with GOOD paying jobs and stimulate regional economies. IT ALWAYS HAS...DON'T LET THEM FOOL YOU.
    Why isn't he talking about making it so that Americans that want to go to college and invest in their own future can get loans at 1 per cent or less. If it is OK for the government to loan it to the BIG Banks at 0.75 per cent why can't people who could use the help get the same deal? THEY ALWAYS PREACH ABOUT HOW AMERICANS NEED TO GO TO COLLEGE BUT DO NOTHING TO MAKE IT AFFORDABLE.
    Why doesn't the Congress quit focusing on stopping Obamacare and see why the same operation in America can cost $3,000 in one part of the country and $25,000 in another. Why don't they make it a law Hospitals HAVE to show there pricing on the internet?? This was covered in detail in a Time magizine article. The ROOT problem with Healthcare in America is COST and the fact some hospitals know a person will pay "anything" to live so the charge as much as they can. FIX the CAUSE and stop worry about the symptons.
    Last and not least, when the BIG BANKS took the entire world through the ringer. Destroyed the savings of millions of Americans why didn't the ENTIRE congress and Senate go after those individuals who created the mess!!
    AMERICA WAKE UP... the leaders of both parties are attempting to distract you with these political statements to keep you from noticing the REAL ISSUE that should be addressed and corrected.

    May 16, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  20. plain&simple

    When you have nothing useful to say or speak and do useless things!!!

    May 16, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  21. Ex-Republican

    I don't trust the GOP.

    May 16, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  22. much thunder..little rain

    obama house of cards are start to fall..

    May 16, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    Good Old Chicago Ganster Politics Where Lawless Rules

    Latest reports has the number of targeted groups around 500. It is pretty clear Obama has given the wink and nod to people in his administration to do whatever they can to attack their polictical opponents and using the IRS is just another case of it.
    These are applications, not audits. When the Bush administration went after the NAACP in 2004 with an audit, that attack affected not only the national organization, it also affected the hundreds and hundreds of local affiliaties scattered throughout the 50 states.

    May 16, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  24. Rick McDaniel

    Insufferable, is a better term.

    May 16, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  25. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    This is nothing everyone didn't already now.

    May 16, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
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