House Republicans: We won’t repeat Lewinsky-era missteps

Asked at a Thursday press conference if he still trusts the president, Boehner responded, “It’s not about trusting someone. Our job here is to get to the truth, and we’re going to get to the truth. And I know what you’re up to. I’m not taking the bait.”

Former Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) who led several high-profile investigations during his tenure, including one targeted at the Teamsters in 1998, said that Boehner’s been through this before and knows how to manage investigations.

“If anybody knows how to do this, it’s John Boehner. He has done a lot of oversight, a lot of investigations —as does his staff — some of his staff were on the [Education and Workforce Committee] when we were doing [investigations]. I have a lot of confidence that John is going to go through this in a very professional and organized way. He will not let this get out of control,” Hoekstra said.

A senior GOP lawmaker said, “There is an old rule that says, ‘When your enemy is in the process of killing himself, [don’t get in the way]’ … [the Obama administration is] in their own lockdown mode. As long as we do what is responsible, we don’t become the issue.”