By Russell Berman - 05/16/13 04:46 PM EDT
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday said the Obama administration was displaying “remarkable arrogance” in responding to a series of scandals in recent weeks.
“Our system requires the bonds of trust between the American people and their government. Those bonds, once broken, are very hard to repair,” Boehner said at the outset of his weekly Capitol news conference. “Nothing dissolves the bonds between the people and their government like the arrogance of power here in Washington. That’s what the American people are seeing today from the Obama administration — remarkable arrogance.”
Boehner criticized the administration over its response to the Benghazi, Libya, terrorist attack and again demanded answers about the IRS’s admission that it singled out conservative groups and the Justice Department’s acknowledgment that it seized phone records from The Associated Press as part of a leak investigation.
The Speaker did not back down from his comments Wednesday when he said he wanted to know “who’s going to jail” because of the IRS case. He pointed to a section of law carrying up to five years in prison for the “extortion or willful oppression under color of law” as a possible violation. And he cast doubt on the suggestion that the wrongdoing was limited to “low-level employees” at the IRS office in Cincinnati.
“We need to know where the facts are,” Boehner said. “Somebody made the decision to do this, and I doubt that it was some low-level employees at the Cincinnati field office.”
The Justice Department has launched a criminal investigation into the matter.
Boehner stopped short, however, of saying he no longer trusted President Obama.
“I know what you’re up to,” he told an inquiring reporter. “I’m not taking the bait.”