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

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

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

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