Boehner Berates White House on IRS, Benghazi, and Fast and Furious
Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner had harsh words for Democrats in Congress and the Obama administration this week in his press briefing, hitting Democrats for their position on the budget bill that passed in the House and Obama for a litany of items, including the IRS, Benghazi, and Fast and Furious.
During his weekly press briefing, he expressed frustration at the availability of information. “We’ve been through all of these hearings, having to hold people in contempt, because they’ve made it impossible to get the documents,” he said. “When it comes to Benghazi, we’ve got four Americans who are dead, and their families deserve the truth about what happened. And the administration refuses to tell them the truth.”
— Speaker John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) April 11, 2014
Not everyone within his own party is as negative about how things have gone though. “I think I’ve pretty well been satisfied that given where the troops were, how quickly the thing all happened and how quickly it dissipated, we probably couldn’t have done more than we did,” said Rep. Howard McKeon (R-Calif.), GOP chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, to Fox New. “We have been working on this for a long time. We issued a preliminary report. At some point, when we run out of people to talk to, or we run out of people to talk to two or three times, at some point, we think we’ll have as much of this story as we’re going to get and move on,” he said. Democrats insist that the Benghazi investigation is being elongated for the sake of targeting the Obama administration, while other Republicans insist that questions remain.
The IRS scandal that began almost a year ago is still rearing its ugly controversial head though, with continued efforts to tie politicians to the targeting of conservative groups. And another topic of contention is the Fast and Furious Operation run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), which lost hundreds of firearms that were sold into the Mexican drug cartels, done in order to track them into the upper levels of the organizations. The guns were eventually tied to crime and murders, including the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
When it comes to the ATF, Boehner isn’t the only one that thinks more digging should be done. Sharyl Attkisson, CBS investigative reporter, told The O’Reilly Factor that she felt CBS “had barely begun to scratch the surface” of the scandal before upper management chose to end investigation “due to lack of interest, well before we found answers to a lot of questions.” Viewers and news broadcasting are not the height of scrutiny in government luckily, which is less subject to the whims of public interest, yet Boehner insists not enough work has been done to uncover information on the scandal.
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