House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) took questions from the press on Thursday relating to his call for prison time for those individuals found culpable in the decision by the Internal Revenue Service to target conservative groups with undue scrutiny. Boehner said that what happened was a criminal offense and he doubts that “low-level employees” in a Midwestern field office were the only individuals responsible.
“Now my question isn’t about who’s going to resign,” Boehner said on Wednesday. “My question is: Who’s going to jail over this scandal?”
Asked to clarify this remark, Boehner said on Thursday that he wants “to see the fact.”
“I want to know how this happened – who was responsible for it,” Boehner said.
He noted that the law says that a federal employee whose position deals with revenue that is found “guilty of extortion or willful oppression under the color of law shall be dismissed from office” as well as be liable for fines and jail time.
“Somebody made a decision to do this,” Boehner said. “And I doubt that it was some low-level employees in a Cincinnati field office.”
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