After John Boehner denounced Ted Cruz as “Lucifer in the flesh” while speaking to a group of students at Stanford University, the Republican presidential candidate fired back by saying he hardly knows the man — a statement, which according to some analysts, is not true.
“I’ve never worked with John Boehner,” Cruz told reporters in Indiana. “The truth of the matter is I don’t know the man. If I have said 50 words in my life to John Boehner I'd be surprised, and every one of them has consisted of pleasantries.”
While it’s commendable the Texas senator didn’t reply to the former house speaker with a bigger insult — something Donald Trump would have done without hesitation — his statement that he “barely” knows Boehner is false.
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As noted by The Washington Post, in 1998 when Boehner had just sued Democratic Congressman Jim McDermott (D-Washington) for allegedly defying wiretapping laws, he hired then 27-year-old Cruz as part of his legal team.
The Post quoted a June article from the same year by the Seattle Times where Cruz was referred to as “Boehner’s attorney.”
This was more than a decade before Boehner became speaker.
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In further confirmation of the brief Cruz-Boehner alliance, the Post mentioned Boehner’s 2014 appearance on “The Tonight Show" when Jay Leno asked him about the case.
Referring to the White House hopeful as a "good guy,” Boehner said the words: “Ted Cruz used to be my attorney a long time ago.”