As more details emerge on the Obama administration's surveillance of the Associated Press and Fox News, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is among those who are seeking "big answers."
Boehner appeared on Wednesday's edition of "On The Record with Greta Van Susteren," condemning the Department Of Justice's seizure of media organizations' documents and phone records.
"When you look at all of this, what you see is an arrogance of power," Boehner said. "I believe that those of us in public office have a responsibility to be humble, to make sure that we represent the will of the people who sent us there, that we're honest with them."
Boehner extended that charge to other scandals that the Obama administration has been mired in recent weeks, including Benghazi and the IRS.
"This arrogance of power that we're seeing out of this administration, whether it be Benghazi, the IRS scandal, the fact that the Justice Department is going after the news media, raises some very serious questions," Boehner said. "But when you look at going after the media and how the Justice Department has handled this, they better have some -- they better have some big answers for the Congress and for the American people."
Dozens of media organizations have paralleled Boehner's concerns, headed by Wednesday's New York Times editorial that casted the administration's moves as an attack on freedom of the press. At the top of the Times' grievances was Monday's Washington Post story that had Fox News reporter James Rosen labeled as a "co-conspirator" for his pursuit of a story about North Korea's nuclear program.
"With the decision to label a Fox News television reporter a possible 'co-conspirator' in a criminal investigation of a news leak, the Obama administration has moved beyond protecting government secrets to threatening fundamental freedoms of the press to gather news," the Times wrote.