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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi pushed back at the condemnations, saying Republicans are exploiting the IRS matter — along with bubbling scandals involving the 2012 Benghazi attacks and the Justice Department’s snooping of The Associated Press — in order to falsely tarnish the president.

“They will use these as, again, subterfuges, evasions of what the American people want us to do here. They want us to create jobs,” the California Democrat said Thursday during her weekly news conference at the Capitol.

“The president is strong. And because he’s strong and because he’s effective, they make him the object of their political action. But I have great confidence in him.”