Boehner on IRS Targeting Conservatives: 'Who's Going to Jail Over this Scandal?'

By Eric Scheiner | May 15, 2013 | 11:43 AM EDT

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, House Speaker John Boehner, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

"My question isn't about who's going to resign," House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told the press on Wednesday, "My question is, who's going to jail over this scandal?"

Boehner was joined at the Capitol by other GOP House leaders in discussing the admitted IRS targeting of conservative groups applying for tax exempt status.

"The IRS has admitted to targeting conservatives, even if the White House continues to be stuck on the word 'if', " Boehner said. "Now my question isn't about who's going to resign. My question is, who's going to jail over this scandal?"

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"After months of misleading testimony and evasive answers to the question about whether or not the IRS was targeting taxpayers and entities based on their political beliefs they have now been caught red-handed," House Ways and Means Committee member Rep. Charles Boustany (R- La.) told reporters.

"And if we are going to get accountability back in this government which is critical, you have to have accountability to create certainty, then we're going to get to the bottom of this. I can tell you right now that this culture of rot and abuse at the IRS is going to be rooted out. The Ways and Means Committee is going to be working with the other committees in Congress to make sure that this happens."

Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) and ranking member Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.) have sent a letter demanding that the IRS answer 13 questions about IRS discrimination against conservative and other groups posed by the committee by next Tuesday.

Among the questions asked, is why IRS officials previously did not tell the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight about the targeting of conservatives in testimony last July.

Speaking further on the subject Boehner added, "Clearly, someone violated the law."

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