House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said Friday that the IRS's admission that low-level staffers targeted conservative groups last year brings to light one of the "most shameful abuses of government power in 20th-century American history."
He backed up Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) call for a government-wide probe.
Boehner's full statement:
"The admission by the Obama administration that the Internal Revenue Service targeted political opponents echoes some of the most shameful abuses of government power in 20th-century American history. Today, we are left with serious questions: who is ultimately responsible for this travesty? What actions will the Obama administration take to hold them accountable? And have other federal agencies used government powers to attack Americans for partisan reasons? House Republicans have made oversight of federal agencies a top priority on behalf of the American people, and I applaud the work that members such as Charles Boustany, Darrell Issa and Jim Jordan have done to bring this issue to light. I also strongly support Sen. McConnell’s call for a transparent, government-wide review to ensure similar practices are not happening elsewhere in the federal bureaucracy."