WH: Durbin Claim About GOP Leader Bogus

by Andrew Johnson

Jay Carney refuted Dick Durbin’s claim that top Republican insulted the president during a negotiation during the government shutdown. Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, wrote on his Facebook page over the weekend that a House GOP leader told President Obama that “I cannot even stand to look at you.”

“I looked into this, and spoke to somebody who was in that meeting, and it did not happen,” Carney told reporters at Wednesday’s daily briefing. He was not aware of any incident similar to Durbin’s allegations.

Following Carney’s comments, John Boehner’s spokesperson, Brendan Buck, released a statement calling for a retraction and apology from Durbin: “Senator Durbin’s accusation is a serious one, and it appears to have been invented out of thin air. The senator should disclose who told him this account of events, retract his reckless allegation immediately, and apologize.”