White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Wednesday morning denounced Washington Republicans for pursuing “phony scandals” in the Obama administration in an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“The president will … deliver a speech about where we need to move the economy, what we should be focusing on here in Washington,” Carney explained. “And it shouldn’t be on the skirmishes that cause gridlock, it shouldn’t be on the phony scandals that have consumed so much attention here, all to come to naught.”