Congressman Joe Sestak got a job offer, so he says. And the alleged employer has yet to deny it. That has Rep. Darrell Issa calling for a White House investigation about the incident and the White House’s suspected cover-up.
In February, Sestak told a Philadelphia television anchor Larry Kane he had received a job offer from the White House if he would abandon his primary challenge against Sen. Arlen Spector, the Republican who wasn’t really a Republican so he became a Democrat and now he’s really a Democrat. Since, Sestak has stood by his allegation and has not dropped out of the race.
If the allegation is true, Issa – the top Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee – says the Obama White House has committed a felony, violating anti-bribery provisions of the federal criminal code and prohibitions on government officials in interfering in elections. Breaking either provision means jail time.
Yet, Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, has been alarmingly evasive, refusing to confirm, deny, or even answer multiple media inquiries concerning the Sestak allegations. CNSNews compiled his answers. Here is the response the media has been receiving from Gibbs after each inquiry:
“I was traveling for a couple of days, as you know. I have seen some stuff that he said, but I have not looked into this.”
February 23, at a later time:
“I just — because I was on the road and dealing with different things on the road, I’ve not had a chance to delve into this.”
“I have not–I have not made any progress on that.”
March 1, at a later time:
“Yes, I said I would check on this. It’s hard for me to do followups on something I can’t–can’t work through.”
“I don’t have the update with me, but let me check and see if I do have anything–”
“I don’t have anything additional on that. Scott?”
“I don’t have any more information on that.”
“Look, I’ve talked to several people in the White House; I’ve talked to people that have talked to others in the White House. I’m told that whatever conversations have been had are not problematic. I think Congressman Sestak has discussed that this is — whatever happened is in the past, and he’s focused on his primary election.”
CNSNews has a full transcript of the question and answers.
It’s in the past. That is apparently the White House’s response to whether or not they illegally offered Sestak a job, whether or not they have been conducting their own investigation, and whether or not they are now refusing to respond to two separate requests Issa has sent to the White House attorney for details about the Sestak conversation.
The answer isn’t really an answer since, by definition, all crimes are committed “in the past”.
“I believe not answering our questions when in fact they have asked and gotten them answered” meets the standard for a cover up, he said. He compared the Obama White House to that of former President Richard Nixon and said it was not living up to its promises of transparency.
“Democrats, when they were not in the White House, had real objections to that idea of, ‘whatever I want to do is OK,'” he said, referencing objections to Bush administration policy. “The public has a right to know who asked what, when. A congressman has made an allegation that is likely a felony.”
The second letter was sent Monday. Issa says if he does not get satisfactory answers by April 5 on the Joe Sestak job offer allegation, he will call for a White House investigation.