President Obama in a pre-Super Bowl interview with Fox News said that there was “not even a smidgen of corruption” behind the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups.
“There were some boneheaded decisions,” he said. “Not even mass corruption. Not even a smidgen of corruption.”
Obama said that people are questioning whether the IRS actions were politically motivated attempts to help Democrats because Fox News is promoting the idea.
“These kind of things keep on surfacing because you and your TV station will promote them,” he said to Bill O'Reilly.
He said the IRS treated the conservative groups the way it did because of confusion over how to apply the law on social welfare groups.
“What happened here is you have a 501(c)(4) law that people think is confusing,” he said. “The folks did not know how to implement it.”
Obama was asked why former IRS Commission Doug Shulman visited the White House so many times. He said Shulman was there to discuss ObamaCare and the Dodd-Frank financial reform law.
“I do not recall meeting him in any of these routine meetings,” he said.
POTUS pre-game interview w Bill O'Reilly of Fox pic.twitter.com/Xz2VJpM1GB— petesouza (@petesouza) February 2, 2014