President Obama on Sunday said that Internal Revenue Service officials responsible for the targeting of Tea Party groups made “boneheaded” decisions, but denied that the agency was used to go after the administration’s political opponents.

Asked in a pre-Super Bowl interview on Fox if the scrutiny of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status had been directed from the White House, Obama said there was no “corruption” of any kind in the scandal.

“There was some boneheaded decisions,” the president told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, but dismissed the suggestion that there was corruption.

“Not even mass corruption, not even a smidgen of corruption,” said Obama.

“You have the 501(c)(3) law, which people think is kind of confusing, and we know that the folks did not know how to implement [it.],” the president explained.

Obama blamed coverage of the IRS scandal by conservative groups and outlets for the continued controversy.

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