Boehner: Committee Can Decide Whether to Subpoena Communications Between IRS and White House

By Elizabeth Harrington | May 23, 2013 | 9:43 PM EDT

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

( – Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he will let the House Ways and Means Committee determine whether to subpoena crucial documents from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the White House that would reveal what the administration knew about the agency’s targeting of conservative groups.

The IRS missed the Tuesday, May 21 deadline to comply with a letter from Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R- Mich.) and Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-Mich.), demanding all correspondence with the White House on the issue.

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During a press conference on Capitol Hill, asked Boehner if the House should issue a subpoena for the documents.

“I think we’ll let the Ways and Means Committee, they’re doing a great job on this investigation,” Boehner said.  “Dave Camp’s a very capable guy.”

“I’ll let them make that decision,” said Boehner. asked the committee if it planned to issue subpoenas for the documents. In an e-mail response, the committee press office said, “Chairman Camp expects the IRS to comply and provide full and complete responses to the letter since many of these questions were asked, but went unanswered, in Friday’s hearing.”

President Barack Obama said he did not find out about the scandal until it went public on May 10, with a pre-planned apology from head of the IRS tax-exempt division, Lois Lerner, who is now on administrative leave after pleading the 5th Amendment against self-incrimination before Congress.

White House Press secretary Jay Carney said on Tuesday that Mark Childress, deputy chief of staff, spoke twice with Treasury Department officials planning how the IRS would disclose it had targeted conservative groups.