“If the offer is in fact true – and we’re still hearing this just from anonymous ‘sources’ – then Speaker Boehner must have forgotten that nearly all Republican House members, including himself, campaigned on opposing just such tax increases,” Huelskamp said in an email. “Caving into President Obama’s tax increase demands would not only seriously damage the economy, but also the future of the Republican Party.”…

“We have not commented on the content of private discussions, and we’re certainly not going to comment on rumors,” Steel added, according to BuzzFeed’s Zeke Miller.

Steel wouldn’t explain to Breitbart News why Boehner made the decision to conduct such negotiations in private. He could, of course, take the negotiations public – a move that would force him and the president to justify any decisions to the American people.