"It did not happen," Carney said.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) each said they had no recollection of the exchange at the meeting.
Update: Boehner's spokesman Brendan Buck released a statement following the press briefing calling on Durbin to retract the claim and apologize. "Senator Durbin's accusation is a serious one, and it appears to have been invented out of thin air," Buck said. "The senator should disclose who told him this account of events, retract his reckless allegation immediately, and apologize.”