Obama, Carney double down on IRS, Benghazi ‘phony scandal’ claim

White House press secretary Jay Carney once again tried to deflect questions about the handling of the numerous scandals that plague the administration. And once again, he stuck to the narrative that the scandals are not real.

“In his speech again yesterday, President Obama mentioned the ‘phony scandals’ that are part of an endless parade of distractions,” CBS News’ Mark Knoller said. “Can you tell us which phony scandals he’s talking about?”

“I think we all remember a few weeks ago when Washington was consumed with a variety of issues that, while in some cases significant, were, uh, there was an effort underway to turn them into ‘partisan’ scandals,” Carney said. “I don’t think anybody here would doubt that.”

“What we’ve seen as time has passed and more facts have become known, whether it’s about the attacks in Benghazi and the talking points or revelations about the conduct at the IRS,” he continued, “attempts to turn this into a scandal have failed. And, you know, when it comes to the IRS, as I said the other morning, the president made very clear that he wants the new leadership there to take action to correct improper conduct and that is happening, and he expects results.”

“What some in Congress have failed to do, despite many attempts, is to provide any evidence, because there is none, that that activity was in any way known by or directed by the White House or was even partisan or political,” Carney added.

“That doesn’t excuse the conduct,” he continued, “it means we have to address poor performance as poor performance and reject efforts to turn it into yet another partisan political football.”

Not satisfied with the answer, Knoller attempted to confirm what he was hearing from Carney.

“You mentioned two [‘phony scandals’]: the IRS and Benghazi,” CBS News’ Knoller said, but was quickly cut off by Carney.

“There was a period when there a was a lot more energy and focus was paid by some in Congress as well as in the media on issues that, while important, these are not of the highest priority to the American people and they were not scandals,” Carney concluded.

They were not scandals. The families of the Benghazi victims and the targets of the IRS would probably disagree with that notion.

Watch the exchange between Knoller and Carney here.

H/T: The Blaze

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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs, political campaigns and PAC management for nearly 20 years.
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  • janice kraczon

    One person n this administration never knows what the other one is saying or doing. The WHOLE thing is a big joke, I don’t know how people that voted for him TWICE can live with themselves. I DO see alot of people regretting it though…

  • Doug

    Press secretary is worst job in America. I don’t know why anyone would take it.

    • Arelar2

      for the money! And the stage. Notice the number of times Carney uses “I” when he is supposed to be a spokesman for the President. Hmm since they are both liars does that make a double negative?

  • Ozstickman

    “Attempts to turn this into a scandal have failed…” says the jackboot WH mouthpiece. House oversight committees seeking to investigate are being stonewalled ….. the IRS arrogantly sent thousands of pages of documents to congress that were 100% redacted … just blank black pages. So defy congress and flagrantly and arrogantly prevent congress from exercising it’s constitutional right via separation of powers. It is clear that the executive used IRS which can freeze bank accounts, garnish wages without any due process and scares the s**t out of the citizenry to target it’s political opponents, not just by deferring approval of tax status, but by using IRS audit powers. The founders and framers died, lost property, family as sacrifice to create a system that prevents tyranny. This President and his cronies use the tyrannical fearful power of the IRS to depress voter turnout of white conservatives (it’s why Romney lost – less white conservative votes than McCain in 2008), and arrogantly ignore the right of congress to investigate their actions, and use their propaganda press to shout “phony scandals” This is worse than George III when you consider that government takes more than half it’s citizens incomes in taxes fees etc. It really is time for another revolution …. join a tea party and elect conservative candidates for 2014 races at all levels … I mean when is enough enough ?????