House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Wednesday took the unexpected step of calling to imprison someone in the U.S. government after the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) admitted inappropriately scrutinizing tea party groups to determine if they had abused their tax-exempt status.

"Now my question isn't about who is going to resign," Boehner told reporters. "My question is who is going to jail over this scandal?"

"There are laws in place to prevent this type of abuse. Someone made a conscious decision to harass and hold up these requests for tax-exempt status," he later added. "I think we need to know who they are [and] whether they violated the law."

"Clearly, someone violated the law."

In an interview on Monday, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) had said that if Boehner "were a woman, they'd be calling him the weakest speaker in history."

Watch this video from CNN, broadcast May 15, 2013.