“I don’t know if you’re floating another conspiracy or if this is a request from Republicans who are floating a conspiracy”
The new White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest is in a hurry to outpace his predecessor when it comes to untruths and spin.
When asked about the ridiculous claims surrounding Lois Lerner’s lost emails by the White House press pool on Friday, Earnest flippantly brushed off concerns as a Republican driven conspiracy theory.
Transcript and video via the Washington Free Beacon:
White House Calls IRS Investigation a ‘Conspiracy Theory’
Q: On the investigation of the emails, did the investigators or White House counsel look at — or look for emails between the White House and the chief of staff or other aides of Lerner?
JOSH EARNEST: Are you asking about emails that would have been exchanged –
Q: From the White House to Lerner’s chief of staff or her other aides, top aides.
EARNEST: Well, I guess I wasn’t aware that that was a specific request from Republicans. Did they ask for that?
Q: I don’t know. I’m asking you. (Laughter.)
EARNEST: Roger, it turns out that there have been 13 months of multiple congressional investigations, including 14 congressional hearings, 30 interviews with IRS employees, 50 written congressional requests, and 750,000 pages of documents, and all of that has done nothing to substantiate false Republican claims of a broader political conspiracy.
So I don’t know if you’re floating another conspiracy or if this is a request from Republicans who are floating a conspiracy or what exactly the suggestion is. But the fact of the matter is we’ve cooperated extensively, and despite that cooperation, you know, we’ve seen continued allegations of Republican conspiracy theories that just never pan out.
Here’s the video:
The White House clearly doesn’t understand the importance of being earnest.
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