By Jack Minor –
In an interview with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, President Barack Obama insisted that no wrongdoing occurred in Benghazi the IRS singling out conservative groups for a higher level of scrutiny than was given to other groups, choosing instead to blame Fox News for the controversy.
During the interview the president received some difficult questions that stand in sharp contrast to the majority of interviews with Obama which consists of softball questions.
When O’Reilly asked about the vast volume of evidence that the IRS was singling out tea party groups for what appeared to be political reasons, the president responded by saying the only reason the American people were talking about was because Fox News was making it a story.
“These kind of things keep resurfacing in part because you and your TV station will promote them,” Obama said. “When you look there have been multiple hearings.”
The hearings the president referred to have uncovered that the IRS story has changed on multiple occasions. Initially the official story was that the issue involved two low-level staffers in Cincinnati who were rogue agents operating outside of the scope of their authority. However, it later turned out that senior IRS officials were indeed aware of the targeting.
The IRS scrutiny included a series of invasive questions and requests such as being asked to reveal the content of prayers made by members of the groups as well demanding groups promise to never picket outside of Planned Parenthood clinics.
When pressed by O’Reilly, the president insisted that nothing was done wrong, but instead the whole issue involved “bone-headed decisions.”
When asked if there was any corruption at all the president issued a categorical denial saying there was “not even a smidgeon of corruption.”
O’Reilly also waded into the issue of Benghazi, telling him that “your detractors” believed the reason his administration insisted the attack was the result of a video was to help his reelections chances.
The president again took a swipe at Fox News saying that “They believe it because folks like you are telling them,” and that he honestly believed it was a video and told the American people it was a terrorist attack as soon as he discovered it.
Investigations into Benghazi continue to uncover discrepancies in the official storyline that suggest many questions remain unanswered about the attack.