White House “comes clean” on Sestak allegations

Friday afternoon, after most Americans left work early to begin their long Memorial Day weekend, the White House finally issued its long-awaited explanation on the Sestak matter.  Although the timing of the release is suspect, the facts disclosed are even more so.

Congressman Joe Sestak (D. Pa.) has maintained since at least February that the White House offered him a high ranking position in the administration if he would withdraw from the Democratic Senate primary election  in Pennsylvania.  Sestak was running against Arlen Specter (D. Pa.), the republican, turned democrat, who was Obama’s choice for that seat. 

But, Friday’s revelation from the White House casts even further doubt on what actually happened.  According to Robert Bauer, White House counsel, what actually took place was that former president Clinton, at the behest of White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, spoke with Sestak to determine if Sestak would be interested in an “alternative path to service”, and raised the possibility of an “uncompensated advisory board” position if Sestak would drop out of the race.  And, Sestak quickly confirmed that that, in fact. was what had really happened.

I don’t know about you, but, the White House’s “recitation” of the facts seems a bit odd.  Sestak’s original statement was that he was offered a high level job by the White House.  By the time the administration circled the wagons, it was an unpaid position on an advisory board.  We are also asked to believe that the White House actually thought that Sestak would give up a very good chance of becoming a United States Senator in exchange for a non-paying advisory board position offered by a former president.

Of course, those pesky details may not matter, as both versions of the story provide the predicate for a clear violation of federal law.  And, in that conclusion, I have some support.  Before the White House released its version of the events, David Axelrod, a senior White House advisor, said,

that offering a job in exchange for Mr. Sestak’s withdrawal would constitute a serious breach of the law.

Anyone think we’ll see a special prosecutor?

3 replies
  1. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    Signs that a story is completely contrived:

    1) it is released on a Friday before a major holiday, so it hits the unread Saturday paper;

    2) the story explaining the "legality" of the activity takes weeks to materialize;

    3) the convolutions required to sleaze through every loophole to allegedly avoid the law that explicitly forbids what they did shows that they knew it was illegal in the first place;

    4) you send the weasel (Emmanuel) who allegedly initiated the action out of country;

    4) you hire Bill Clinton to do the dirty work, or at least claim he did.

  2. Law-AbidingCitizen
    Law-AbidingCitizen says:

    We are watching the unfolding of the most corrupt, illegal,  double-dealing, and flat-out lying administration to date. The Obama administration is so caught-up in lying about its acti0ns that there is no longer any way for them to tell the truth about anything.

    Unfortunately, the American people are the ultimate losers.

    If you are one of the people who voted for Obama and his Crew, I hope that you are happy with the administration (or lack thereof) that you are getting now.

    If you wanted Change, put some pennies, nickles and dimes in to your hand and there is your Change.  Spare Change is all that you will be left with after Obama and Crew are done with you.

    You wanted Change? All you are getting is Spare Change.

  3. bubba
    bubba says:

    Let me get this straight, they send a convicted felon (Clinton) to negotiate a job in this administration for a sitting congressman and we are going to take Bill's word on it. If I remember correctly he was convicted of perjury and impeached for it. Clinton and the rest of the players in this farce have no credibility what so ever. Bring on a special prosecutor. Hey SoundOffSister I think I found your next job, sending this bunch of bozo’s to Leavenworth.

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