If they would come forward with the documents that we've been requesting for months, it would be helpful. They gave us some documents a week ago. It was helpful. But a lot more documents that we've asked for that they've refused to turn over.
VAN SUSTEREN: Would you be in favor of a select committee at this point to try to sort of narrow it, so it's not several committees that are doing this investigation?
BOEHNER: Four committees that are heavily involved in this. Probably the most significant committee involved would be the Government Reform and Oversight Committee, headed by Darrell Issa. I think Darrell Issa, Jason Chaffetz, Trey Gowdy and the members of the committee, are doing a good job.
I don't think at this point in time that it's necessary. Now, we may get to a point where it is. But at this point, I think our committees are doing a very good job, and I'm going to be supportive of them.
VAN SUSTEREN: When we first asked for these emails, we were told a couple things. One is it's part of the deliberative process that -- in the executive branch. Another thing was that these documents were classified for national security. In reading those documents, those e-mails, do you see any reason why those were appropriately classified documents for national security?
BOEHNER: No, none whatsoever. A lot of the other documents that we've asked for are not classified documents. They have no reason to hold them back.
But we're going to continue to stay on this until we get to the truth. We have four Americans who lost their lives. There were mistakes made. We need to learn from those mistakes so that we make sure that it doesn't happen again.
VAN SUSTEREN: You know, we on the media side, in fact, we look at these documents and we always think that things are grossly overclassified, you know, and it's not this administration, it's every administration. I mean, what can sort of the remedy be on this? Because there seems to be an appetite in every executive branch to classify everything so that the media and the American people...
BOEHNER: Having been here for some time, I've seen the same -- every administration does this. They want to classify every kind of a document. There are procedures, rules, regulations and laws that outline what should be classified and what shouldn't, but every administration seems to overreach in terms of what they want to keep from the public's eyes.
Our job here in the Congress is to make sure that the procedures are followed, and to the extent that we can, get these documents unclassified so that the American people get to the truth.
VAN SUSTEREN: Have you determined why the whole YouTube video thing was brought up in Benghazi in the first place, whose idea it was, and why they seized upon it and held onto it for so long?
BOEHNER: Don't know yet, but we're going to find out.
VAN SUSTEREN: You have no sort of conceivable theory about, like, you know...
BOEHNER: Our job -- our job is to get to the facts. Even while we're doing all of this -- our big job here is to work on jobs. You know, the economy is just not producing jobs like the American people want. And we've had this anemic economic growth for the last four years.
And so while we have a constitutional responsibility to provide oversight of the executive branch, understand, it's not the only thing that we do here. This week, we're working on the Keystone pipeline, making sure that we can get this thing approved sooner rather than later. It's been going on now for, I don't know, 1,700 days, thousands and thousands of documents. It's time to just say yes and put Americans to work.
VAN SUSTEREN: To what extent do all these scandals -- and you talk about jobs, and that's -- you know, that really should be on everyone's conscience, you know, first and foremost, but to what extent do all these scandals, whether it's IRS, Benghazi or even the seizure of media records, impede or distract?
BOEHNER: Well, it may be somewhat of a distraction, but most of our members don't sit on the committees that are involved in the investigations. And they're working on things that would actually help produce jobs. The president's policies are getting in the way of our economy performing the way we would want it to perform.
But our focus is jobs and getting these policies straight so that we can get Americans back to work. We can walk and chew gum at the same time.
VAN SUSTEREN: When was the last time you talked to the president?
BOEHNER: I saw him last week at the peace officers memorial.
VAN SUSTEREN: Did you talk about jobs?
BOEHNER: No. We said hello.
VAN SUSTEREN: When was the last time you talked about jobs?
BOEHNER: It's probably been a few months.
VAN SUSTEREN: Mr. Speaker, nice to talk to you. Thank you, sir.
BOEHNER: Nice to see you.