Boehner on WH Scandals: 'The Truth...Must Not Be Very Pretty'

By Susan Jones | May 7, 2014 | 10:36 AM EDT

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) (AP File Photo)

( - When has the Obama administration told the truth about any of the scandals arising during its tenure, House Speaker John Boehner asked at a news conference on Wednesday.

He was responding to a question about why Republicans think it's necessary to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress, a vote that will take place later today (Wednesday).

"Who's been fired over the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS?" Boehner asked. "No one that I'm aware of. Who's gone to jail for violating the law? When is the administration going to tell the American people the truth?

"They've not told them the truth about Benghazi. They've not told the truth about the IRS. They've not told the truth about Fast and Furious.

" would have to guess -- if they're not willing to tell the American people the truth, it must not be very pretty."

Boehner said the purpose of the House select committee on Benghazi is "all about getting to the truth. It's not going to be a side-show and it's not going to be a circus. This is a serious investigation," he said, adding that the U.S. government depends on transparency and accountability.

"Listen, we owe it to the future of our country and to the next administration to do our job -- to make it clear that the types of activities that may have gone on here are not acceptable in our system of government."

Boehner specifically mentioned the apparent White House involvement in Susan Rice's talking points; and the administration withholding information from Congress that was turned over to an outside group under a Freedom of Information Act request.