Sunday, May 30, 2010

White House Asked Bill Clinton to Urge Sestak to Drop Out of Senate Race

I wanted to see how this one ran before commenting. Right now the commentary is everywhere from a non-event to a felony and an impeachable offense. In any event, the "in the know" believe that the Republicans will continue to run with it. If they do, I believe it will turn off many of the voters, especially the independents.

The press believes Sestak was offered the Secretary of the Navy job. The Administration's story is that he was offered a non-paying advisory job. You see, if it were a paid job, someone would be guilt of a felony. It took Obama 3 months to come up with the non-paying scenario and, since Sestak is now the Democrat nominee, he will not go against his President.

An additional point is that they most likely knew that this was illegal, so they had Clinton do it. Since he has no authority to give the job, Obama's people say there is no foul. Being from Chicago, I guess they know how to circumvent the law.

I don't know if this reasoning can be used, but if I hired someone to kill another, wouldn't I be charged with murder also?

The White House asked former President Bill Clinton to talk to Rep. Joe Sestak about the possibility of obtaining a senior position in the Obama administration if he would drop out of the Democratic primary race against establishment-backed Sen. Arlen Specter, the Obama administration said in a report released Friday morning.

But the report, by White House Counsel Robert Bauer, concluded that "allegations of improper conduct rest on factual errors and lack a basis in the law."

Batting down allegations that the White House dangled the secretary of Navy position in front of Sestak, the report said that Sestak was offered executive branch positions on advisory boards that were uncompensated.

One of the jobs Clinton specifically discussed with Sestak was the president's intelligence advisory board. But a White House official said the plan always was for Sestak to remain in the House, and he couldn't have served in the House and on the president's intelligence advisory board.

The report also described the Clinton conversations as informal and not tied to any precise job offer since, as a former president, Clinton could not guarantee Sestak anything.
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