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Boehner: Scandals Reveal Obama Administration’s ‘Arrogance of Power’

Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) -- With a three-headed monster of controversy and scandal chasing the president this week — Benghazi, the IRS, The Justice Department’s monitoring AP —  House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that an “arrogance of power” within the Obama administration threatens to unravel the American people’s dithering confidence in government.

“Nothing dissolves the bonds between the people and their government like the arrogance of power here in Washington, and that’s what the American people are seeing today from the Obama administration — remarkable arrogance,” Boehner, R-Ohio, said.

Boehner said that while job creation continues to be the House GOP’s primary focus, he is also focused on holding the Obama administration accountable for its actions.

“Our committees are working overtime to uncover the truth about what happened in Libya, and they’re trying to get to the bottom of what happened in the IRS scandal,” he said, adding that “public service requires humility.”

Regarding the IRS investigation, Boehner added that Americans should “never be targeted or harassed by their government for their political beliefs.”

As for the Department of Justice’s decision to secretly obtain the Associated Press’s phone records, he said the administration “better have a clear and convincing reason” for monitoring reporters’ phone calls.

Finally, in regard to Benghazi, Boehner said that when Americans are killed abroad, “the government should tell the truth, not shade it or stonewall it for partisan purposes.”

“This House will stop at nothing to get to the American people the answers and the accountability that they expect, but the best way to repair this damage is for the administration to come forward with the truth, the whole truth, so that the American people will have all of the facts,” Boehner said.

Given the mounting scandals, the speaker was asked whether he still trusts President Obama.

“It’s not about trusting someone,” Boehner demurred. “Our job here is to get to the truth and we’re going to get to the truth.”

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