During an interview with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII, President Barack Obama said there wasn't even a "smidgen" of corruption at the heart of the Internal Revenue scandal that surfaced last year.
The agency admitted to improperly scrutinizing tea party groups when they applied for tax exemption during the 2010 and 2012 elections.
"There were some boneheaded decisions," Obama said, but insisted corruption did not play a role in the decision-making processes.
"Not even a smidgen of corruption," he said.
At the close of the interview, O'Reilly asked the president who he favored in the upcoming game. Obama refused to pick a winner, but guessed the final score would be 24-21.