White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Monday shrugged off Rep. Darrell Issa’s claim that President Obama’s top spokesman is a “paid liar” for the administration.
“I’m not going to get into a back and forth with Chairman Issa,” Carney said repeatedly, fending of attempts by reporters to stoke a verbal slugfest between both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.
Issa accused the White House of lying to the public about its role in the targeting of conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service. Issa said the White House was framing a Cincinnati branch of the IRS as the sole culprits of the targeting, when in fact, such actions were ordered by officials in Washington.
“The administration is still, their paid liar, their spokesperson, picture behind, he’s still making up things about what happened and calling this local rogue,” Issa said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday.
When asked if he wanted an apology from the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Carney again refused to take the bait.
Democrats are citing Issa’s insult as proof of GOP overreach — and Republicans such as Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R- S.C., denounced the remarks — but some conservative lawmakers say the White House continues to paint a deceptive narrative about the simmering controversy.