If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my free Email alerts. Thanks for visiting!
IS THIS STORY CREDIBLE?
by Sharon Rondeau
(May 28, 2010) — One day after Obama promised a statement from the White House regarding the claim by Rep. Joe Sestak that a “high-ranking position” in the regime had been offered to him if he agreed to drop out of the PA Senate race, the story is that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel asked former president Bill Clinton “to talk to Sestak about the race.”
However, the story which Sestak first told on Larry Kane’s show and to several other news outlets in February and again in March was that he was offered a “high-ranking” position within the administration if he abandoned his plans to run for the Senate. When Kane asked Sestak if he was “offered a job by someone in the White House,” Sestak had answered “Yes,” but did not elaborate further. He did not mention Bill Clinton.
In an online report today, Kane stated that he had had knowledge of a possible job offer to Sestak, which was what prompted him to ask the question toward the end of the February interview. Kane also said he had contacted the White House press office to obtain clarification of Sestak’s remarks and did not receive a response for 15 hours. At that time, Kane stated that he was told, “You can say the White House says it’s not true.”
A statement by Robert Bauer, White House Counsel, maintains that “the White House Chief of Staff enlisted the support of former President Clinton who agreed to raise with Congressman Sestak options of service on a Presidential or other Senior Executive Branch Advisory Board. Congressman Sestak declined the suggested alternatives, remaining committed to his Senate candidacy.”
On May 7, 2010, Obama issued Executive Order 13490 which “waived” the “requirements of Paragraph 2 of the Ethics Pledge of Mr. Robert F. Bauer,” Obama’s White House Counsel and former attorney for the DNC. Obama has reportedly used Bauer as his personal attorney, and the waiver allows him to continue to do so as well as Perkins Coie, the law firm which has also defended Obama against numerous eligibility lawsuits.
Sestak has declined to elaborate further on what might have been offered and said, “The rest is politics.” A video of an interview with Sestak on MSNBC depicts Sestak making the statement but also confirming that he was offered a “job,” not an unpaid position, can be viewed here.
A writer for The Washington Post editorialized that Obama’s statement yesterday that the White House would release an official statement on the alleged incident was “Good” and that “Republicans will continue attacking no matter what. But at least now this battle can be fought in the realm of facts, rather than in a shadowy fact-free arena where Republicans are making generalized charges of a ‘cover up.’ This will prove to have been the right decision.”
Another report dated today begins with “Forced to disclose backstage political bargaining…” The article also included the fact that Tim Kaine, chairman of the DNC, and Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), both had called on the White House and Sestak to set the record straight regarding Sestak’s original claim.
It is possible that even if Clinton had been the one to approach Sestak about an unpaid advisory position within the regime, a law still could have been broken. The White House has admitted that it did attempt to play a role in discouraging Sestak from seeking the Senate seat, and several Republicans have asked the FBI to investigate.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) stated today that a misdemeanor was committed by the White House, adding that it had “co-opted President Clinton in it.”
Sestak stated yesterday that he would issue a statement after the White House spoke publicly about the issue. He also said that his brother Richard, Sestak’s “top political adviser and campaign lawyer,” spoke with the White House on Wednesday of this week about “what’s going to occur.”
Yesterday Obama refused to answer reporters’ questions. Of Obama, Sestak commented, “I think the president’s a pretty legitimate, you know, person,” he said.