Submitted By Todd on May 28th at 4:19pm
Wow. What a whopper has been offered up by the White House with the cooperation of Bill Clinton to explain the job offer to Joe Sestak, designed to convince him to stay out of the senate race that he won last week.
White House Counsel Robert Bauer said Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel asked President Clinton to see if Sestak would be interested in serving on a presidential or other senior executive branch advisory board if he would stay in the House. Sestak declined, Bauer wrote, and remained committed to his Senate candidacy.Federal law makes it illegal to offer anything of value, directly or indirectly, to manipulate an election or primary election.
"It's not the kind of thing anybody likes to talk about, but it does go on," said former Reagan Justice Department official Michael Carvin. "But it does fall within the literal language of the statute."The White House is trying to put to rest mounting controversy over the job offer, which began when then candidate Joe Sestak announced that the White House had tried to get him out of the race against Arlen Specter.
Last month, Rep. Darrell Issa, a California Republican, urged Atty. Gen. Eric Holder to open an independent investigation, arguing the efforts may have violated several federal statutes that are designed to prevent bribery and extortion. Those statutes generally are designed to criminalize situations where, for example, a person would be promised a job if he made a sizable campaign contribution.Democrats were also calling for some transparency on the matter after weeks of bobbing and weaving from press secretary Robert Gibbs. The White house is trying to avoid a criminal investigation and protect Joe Sestak in his attempt to hold the Pennsylvania senate seat for the bad guys.