Axelrod: No evidence that Sestak is telling the truth

posted at 9:30 am on May 25, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The White House attempted to push back against allegations that Barack Obama or his staff attempted to bribe Joe Sestak into withdrawing from the Democratic Senate primary by offering him a job, but they may be creating bigger headaches with their defense. Axelrod tells CNN’s John King that there is “no evidence” that the bribe attempt ever happened, even while he acknowledges that it would have been “a serious breach of the law.” In order to believe that there is “no evidence,” though, one has to discount the repeated direct testimony of Sestak himself (via The Daily Caller):

Senior adviser to the president David Axelrod said Monday evening that there is “no evidence” that White House officials tried to keep a Democratic congressman from entering the Pennsylvania Senate race by offering him a high-ranking government job.

“When the allegations were made, they were looked into. And there was no evidence of such a thing,” Axelrod said on CNN’s “John King USA.”

Axelrod acknowledged that if White House officials dangled a job in front of Rep. Joe Sestak’s face to keep him away from challenging incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter, that would “constitute a serious breach of the law.”

Axelrod also acknowledged that there were “conversations” involving White House officials and Sestak, but said that those had been “looked at” by White House lawyers and “their conclusion was that it was perfect — the conversations were perfectly appropriate.”

Witness testimony does qualify as evidence, however, and Sestak has insisted on multiple occasions that the bribe attempt happened. Either Sestak is lying, or Sestak is telling the truth. If it’s the latter, then someone in the Obama administration committed a felony, and perhaps more than one, by Axelrod’s own admission. If it didn’t happen, then Joe Sestak is lying. In order to defend itself, the White House has been put in the position of having to call its party’s nominee for the US Senate a liar.

A Congressional investigation could settle the matter. Not surprisingly, Democrats don’t seem terribly interested in conducting one, although Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) has demanded a probe to discover whether the “most transparent administration in history” tried to illegally manipulate an election. Democrats know that they have no good outcomes from such a probe, but don’t expect such hesitation from Republicans if they take back control of either chamber in the midterms.


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This is just like the standard of evidence for Document Dan’s memos.

misterpeasea on May 25, 2010 at 9:33 AM

Well…sombody’s lyin’ and I suspect I know who!

sdd on May 25, 2010 at 9:33 AM

Wunderbar! Somebody here is lying.

Reminds me of a line from an old Dire Straits tune, “Two men say they’re Jesus, one of them must be wrong.”

Bishop on May 25, 2010 at 9:34 AM

O/T, but Lady Boy is down to -20 and at 42%, the lowest approval rating ever recorded for this POTUS.

Key West Reader on May 25, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Who would you believe, a retired two-star Admiral or a Marketing guru whose job it is to lie and deceive in order to sell a product. As a 30 year navy vet and retired O-6, I’m going with the retired Admiral, but then, I might be biased.

WordsMatter on May 25, 2010 at 9:34 AM

not deny n it happened… just they didn’t leave any fingerprints

roflmao

donabernathy on May 25, 2010 at 9:35 AM

Dow is down over 200 at the opening. Have a nice day!

Mark1971 on May 25, 2010 at 9:36 AM

O/T, but Lady Boy is down to -20 and at 42%, the lowest approval rating ever recorded for this POTUS.

Key West Reader on May 25, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Now that the oil spill has gained traction in the MSM, I’m looking forward to sub-40% approval ratings by the end of this week. Heh.

WordsMatter on May 25, 2010 at 9:36 AM

OT, but oh so saa-weeet! From Drudge-

POLL: Obama Approval Falls to New Low: 42%… Developing…

This is an all time low and considering Drudge usually relies on Ras, this is on a 3 day rolling avg. Yesterday was 44% which was an all time low., to move a rolling avg 2pts in a day against the 2 previous shows the Obamanable One’s #’s are plumeting!

Oh, talk dirty to me baby, I like it!

Archimedes on May 25, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Axelrod lie , or manipulate the media ?
When will the astroturf campaign begin ?
There is another candidate that claims he was made a similar offer …..
I guess the ” vast right wing conspiracy that haunted Bill and Hillary has been reborn ?
Occum’s raxor……….

ELMO Q on May 25, 2010 at 9:36 AM

What motivation would Sestak have to lie?

Skywise on May 25, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Don’t worry, Sestak. You’ll have lots of company under Obama’s bus. Have fun!

parteagirl on May 25, 2010 at 9:37 AM

A case of Dem nit splitting - what “is” is. If there is no basis for the accusation why doesn’t Axlerod just call Sestak a liar?

katiejane on May 25, 2010 at 9:37 AM

I would counter, there is “no evidence” Axelrod is telling the truth.

Fallon on May 25, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Of COURSE there’s no evidence! Didn’t a former First Lady hide incriminating evidence against subpoena? Didn’t a former President state he ‘…did not have sex with that woman”? Wasn’t a sitting President also impeached some time in the recent past?

Are all these incidents related to Democrats?

Is Zero a Democrat?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, there is a scandal brewing.

SeniorD on May 25, 2010 at 9:38 AM

You lie!

I can’t believe the msm or anyone else would take the internal investigation at face value…if so, what a bunch of idiots…

cmsinaz on May 25, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Algernon Sidney in his Discourses on Government is quoted as writing “liars ought to have good memories.” Mr. Axelrod, you better have a good one.

sdd on May 25, 2010 at 9:38 AM

The investigation will commence January 20 2011.

tarpon on May 25, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Wunderbar! Somebody here is lying.

Reminds me of a line from an old Dire Straits tune, “Two men say they’re Jesus, one of them must be wrong.”

Bishop on May 25, 2010 at 9:34 AM

You have excellent taste in music. :)

Dire Straits on May 25, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Axelrod tried greasing the wrong palm.

abobo on May 25, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Haven’t seen ax much lately….that’s good. They need to put him back under his rock.

PaCadle on May 25, 2010 at 9:39 AM

O/T, but Lady Boy is down to -20 and at 42%, the lowest approval rating ever recorded for this POTUS.

Key West Reader on May 25, 2010 at 9:34 AM

And the DOW is down over 200 points this morning. How is Bush manipulating the market from down here in Texas?

Doughboy on May 25, 2010 at 9:39 AM

I’m making popcorn. Anybody else want some?

Dire Straits on May 25, 2010 at 9:40 AM

but don’t expect such hesitation from Republicans if they take back control of either chamber in the midterms

I sure hope so

cmsinaz on May 25, 2010 at 9:40 AM

One thing is for sure. The Regime and Sestak both look more weaselly every day this continues.

Sestak: “I’m honestly telling you a half truth, honestly”.

White House: “There’s no evidence that this didn’t ever not happen, and that’s all we have to say on the matter.”

forest on May 25, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Yeah, a democratic congress impeaching the first black president. That’ll happen.

Daggett on May 25, 2010 at 9:40 AM

If that statement alone isn’t the remark of the guilty then I don’t know what is. “No evidence..” , not a sincere ‘no it never, ever happened’. Guilty as charged WH–fess up and face up!

jeanie on May 25, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Dire Straits on May 25, 2010 at 9:40 AM

a little butter on mine…thanks!

cmsinaz on May 25, 2010 at 9:40 AM

And the DOW is down over 200 points this morning. How is Bush manipulating the market from down here in Texas?

Doughboy on May 25, 2010 at 9:39 AM

Darth Cheney.

misterpeasea on May 25, 2010 at 9:40 AM

O/T, but Lady Boy is down to -20 and at 42%, the lowest approval rating ever recorded for this POTUS.

Key West Reader on May 25, 2010 at 9:34 AM

heh

cmsinaz on May 25, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Haven’t seen ax much lately….that’s good. They need to put him back under his rock.

PaCadle on May 25, 2010 at 9:39 AM

You can’t…his hair is too slick.

Dire Straits on May 25, 2010 at 9:41 AM

O/T, but Lady Boy is down to -20 and at 42%, the lowest approval rating ever recorded for this POTUS.

Key West Reader on May 25, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Time for a new crisis that we can all get behind, like, oh, say, a new Korean War?!

There is no evidence that Sestak is telling a lie. This administration is the most transparently corrupt and unethical administration ever. And that’s saying something.

rbj on May 25, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Dow now down -416 Hold on folks

Rovin on May 25, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Is Axelrod actually saying that healthcare reform would have passed without bribes and job inducements NOT being made? The lies and deceptions by this this entire incompetent administration are so obvious they are comical. They would be hilarious if they weren’t so damning.

volsense on May 25, 2010 at 9:42 AM

And the DOW is down over 200 points this morning. How is Bush manipulating the market from down here in Texas?

Doughboy on May 25, 2010 at 9:39 AM

Not sure, probably voodoo. But no matter what happens, it is the “Fault of Bush”!

Key West Reader on May 25, 2010 at 9:42 AM

I want popcorn.
Not quite sure which drama to watch though.

ORconservative on May 25, 2010 at 9:42 AM

A Democrat(s) lying?? Nothing new here.

docdave on May 25, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Squid Pro Quo

c’mon Ed, AP won’t use it…. it’ll be the next “watergate”

ted c on May 25, 2010 at 9:43 AM

a little butter on mine…thanks!

cmsinaz on May 25, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Butter is good as long as you have lots of salt.

Dire Straits on May 25, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Is fat fingers at it again?
Well, don’t worry they can always just cancel the first half hour of trading.
At this rate Obummer may beg for impeachment.
OK, I’m dreaming.

ORconservative on May 25, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Under the bus you go, Sestak

DamnCat on May 25, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Axlerod, paragon of truth.

Inanemergencydial on May 25, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Boooosh lied!!!!!!!! Oh, wait, never mind.

Dingbat63 on May 25, 2010 at 9:45 AM

I predict the 0 is going to have a bad, very bad day today. A few more of these and he, like many who vote for him, just will stop showing up for work (and still expect a paycheck, a big house, and a car.).

ted c on May 25, 2010 at 9:45 AM

This is a typical liberal/New Mussolini illogical argument; however the absence of evidence does not equate to evidence of absence.

The “consensus” was that man-made global warming was a threat. However, the “consensus” comprised only those who believed man-made global warming was a threat, with other points of view ignored.

There’s no evidence that Axlegrease cares to acknowledge that there was a job offer. But his claim that there is “no evidence” is no more credible than Sestak’s claim (ipso facto) that there is evidence.

mr.blacksheep on May 25, 2010 at 9:46 AM

They,ll only impeach his “white half”

Yeah, a democratic congress impeaching the first black president. That’ll happen.

Daggett on May 25, 2010 at 9:40 AM

stenwin77 on May 25, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Axelrod: No evidence that Sestak is telling the truth

Is there any evidence that he’s lying?

Notorious GOP on May 25, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Axlerod, paragon of truth.

Inanemergencydial on May 25, 2010 at 9:44 AM

I thought that was Robert ‘Family Guy” Gibbs!

Dire Straits on May 25, 2010 at 9:48 AM

Just saw this on Drudge. The SOB is going to skip Arlington Cemetery on Memorial Day ceremony, and instead go on vacation in ChiTown. FUBAR!

Neuron on May 25, 2010 at 9:48 AM

Dire straits: indeed :)

cmsinaz on May 25, 2010 at 9:48 AM

Sestak is daring dear leader to throw him under the bus. He’s showing everyone just how weak our pos potus is. It’s survival of the fittest time.

Kissmygrits on May 25, 2010 at 9:48 AM

Axelrod also acknowledged that there were “conversations” involving White House officials and Sestak, but said that those had been “looked at” by White House lawyers and “their conclusion was that it was perfect — the conversations were perfectly appropriate.”

——————————————————–

It, was perfect? Hmmmm, in legalese does that mean it did occur but in such a way that it was phrased in way that couldn’t come back to bite them? Was the offer itself questionble, but the manner it was done made perfectly appropriate?

Looks like classic splitting of hairs to me.

Archimedes on May 25, 2010 at 9:48 AM

You have excellent taste in music. :)
Dire Straits on May 25, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Thank you my good man, “Money for Nothing” and “Alchemy-Live” should be on everyone’s must-listen list.

As for Sestak and PBHO, put them under oath and make them fess up. If someone lies then the additional charge of perjury is waiting for them, and at this point someone will have to lie.

Bishop on May 25, 2010 at 9:48 AM

Schwab 9:48 AM ET, 05/25/2010 :
DJIA
9,836.07 -230.50 (-2.29%)

petefrt on May 25, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Just saw this on Drudge. The SOB is going to skip Arlington Cemetery on Memorial Day ceremony, and instead go on vacation in ChiTown. FUBAR!

Neuron on May 25, 2010 at 9:48 AM

Don’t worry Dick Blumenthal and John Kerry will take up his slack and go in Obie’s place.

Dire Straits on May 25, 2010 at 9:50 AM

I like the picture on the Hot Air Page with Axelrod gesturing with his hand raised in front of him. One could almost attach the quote, “I’m only lying this much” to the picture.

sdd on May 25, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Both Sestak and the White House are between a rock and a hard place. ONE is lying and that means we need a special prosecuter with perhaps a big bus.

Rovin on May 25, 2010 at 9:51 AM

WordsMatter on May 25, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Thank you for your service.

PappaMac on May 25, 2010 at 9:51 AM

As for Sestak and PBHO, put them under oath and make them fess up. If someone lies then the additional charge of perjury is waiting for them, and at this point someone will have to lie.

Bishop on May 25, 2010 at 9:48 AM

at this point, despite his liberal-ness, I’m going to have to go with the 2-star admiral. Even though I think he’s a putz, you don’t make O6++ in the USN with a character that tolerates dishonesty much.

“sir, please place your right hand on the Bible ….”

now…. tell us what you know about…

ted c on May 25, 2010 at 9:51 AM

DRUDGE page today looks like Obama’s nightmare.

petefrt on May 25, 2010 at 9:52 AM

“I don’t know that the Congressman would disagree with what I’m saying here” – Axelrod

Wow, no kidding. Nobody could disagree with you because we can’t figure out what the hell you are saying.

Scott Hamilton: “He just landed a quad passive voice and a triple negative combination!!! But I think the judges may have to go to the tape on this, but there’s no way they can deny him the gold if he got past three quarters rotation on that quad passive!”

forest on May 25, 2010 at 9:52 AM

This is certainly becoming one of the most entertaining administrations in history. You can’t make this stuff up.

sdd on May 25, 2010 at 9:52 AM

Haven’t seen ax much lately….that’s good. They need to put him back under his rock.

PaCadle on May 25, 2010 at 9:39 AM

They usually don’t put Ax out front and center unless its serious, which means to me they are worried about something.

Archimedes on May 25, 2010 at 9:53 AM

I like the picture on the Hot Air Page with Axelrod gesturing with his hand raised in front of him. One could almost attach the quote, “I’m only lying this much” to the picture.

sdd on May 25, 2010 at 9:51 AM

either that or you could bubble in Axelrod as saying, “When I’m down on my knees he presses on my head…like this… *makes hand motion go up and down*…”

ted c on May 25, 2010 at 9:53 AM

And the DOW is down over 200 points this morning. How is Bush manipulating the market from down here in Texas?

Doughboy on May 25, 2010 at 9:39 AM

Through Halliburton, the Tea Parties, and Fear Mongering Christians. What part of VAST white ring conspiracy don’t you get?

;)

Laura in Maryland on May 25, 2010 at 9:53 AM

ted c on May 25, 2010 at 9:51 AM

As will I because the question everyone here is asking still stands: What did Sestak have to gain by making this up?

Bishop on May 25, 2010 at 9:54 AM

Let’s see… where did that bribery/quid pro quo list go? Ooops. It’s been lost.

Oink on May 25, 2010 at 9:54 AM

Maybe someone should move in next door to Axlerod to monitor his daily comings and goings? Write a book about it?

Inanemergencydial on May 25, 2010 at 9:54 AM

Maybe Obama could plug that oil leak with a few copies of his healthcare bill….

“you’ll never know what it can do until you try it….”

ted c on May 25, 2010 at 9:55 AM

DRUDGE page today looks like Obama’s nightmare.

petefrt on May 25, 2010 at 9:52 AM

It’s our nightmare too.

Doughboy on May 25, 2010 at 9:55 AM

Axelrod: “You got nuthin! Nuthin! You can’t prove nuthin!”

Daggett on May 25, 2010 at 9:55 AM

Maybe someone should move in next door to Axlerod to monitor his daily comings and goings? Write a book about it?

Inanemergencydial on May 25, 2010 at 9:54 AM

or…conversely….chase him with a sledge hammer, a chain saw and have a big dog that sh*ts on his lawn and digs holes.

ted c on May 25, 2010 at 9:55 AM

DRUDGE page today looks like Obama’s nightmare.
petefrt on May 25, 2010 at 9:52 AM

Oh man, spot on, every other link is PBHO or a minion being skewered for some disaster or misstep.

Bishop on May 25, 2010 at 9:56 AM

A Congressional investigation could settle the matter. Not surprisingly, Democrats don’t seem terribly interested in conducting one

All the more reason to show the Democrats the door.

Greek Fire on May 25, 2010 at 9:58 AM

Gee, who to believe, who to believe.

A navy hero admiral who has dedicated his life to serving his country….

or a pack of vultures who are serially liars and thieves.

Who to believe? What a conundrum

notagool on May 25, 2010 at 9:58 AM

Just saw this on Drudge. The SOB is going to skip Arlington Cemetery on Memorial Day ceremony, and instead go on vacation in ChiTown. FUBAR!

Neuron on May 25, 2010 at 9:48 AM

With 2 wars on and new authorization to operate clandestinely in new AO’s, how tone death can you be?

Archimedes on May 25, 2010 at 9:58 AM

My guess is Rahm made the offer.

Maybe this is a defensive move in preparation…..

hmmmmm.

CC

CapedConservative on May 25, 2010 at 9:58 AM

“No evidence” = classic weasel wording. Please, please don’t let the MSM bury this story…

Missy on May 25, 2010 at 9:58 AM

Bishop on May 25, 2010 at 9:48 AM

And don’t foget “Calling Elvis” and “On Every Street“.

Dire Straits on May 25, 2010 at 9:58 AM

What did Sestak have to gain by making this up?

Bishop on May 25, 2010 at 9:54 AM

as Ed pointed out yesterday, he may have gained the title of “independent”; however, I think Weiner was prevaricating because I think Sestak spilled the beans because he knows and has seen clearly the cost of lying on a man’s conscience–the Navy does not tolerate it (if you’ve ever witnessed a Captain’s Mast you’d see why). It’s not that lying is just flat wrong, but in the Navy, it can be extraordinarily costly—hence punished abruptly.

ted c on May 25, 2010 at 9:58 AM

either that or you could bubble in Axelrod as saying, “When I’m down on my knees he presses on my head…like this… *makes hand motion go up and down*…”

ted c on May 25, 2010 at 9:53 AM

Don’t ask, don’t tell

sdd on May 25, 2010 at 9:59 AM

With 2 wars on and new authorization to operate clandestinely in new AO’s, how tone death can you be?

Archimedes on May 25, 2010 at 9:58 AM

and…. the number of deaths in Afghanistan just surpassed 1,000 overall last week.

If GWB had done it…. *cue cindy sheehan*….

ted c on May 25, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Ah, well, this week the pundits were right. They said the WH would throw Sestak under the bus.

I suspect this particular fellow isn’t going to stay there, though.

AnninCA on May 25, 2010 at 10:00 AM

“No evidence” = classic weasel wording. Please, please don’t let the MSM bury this story…

Missy on May 25, 2010 at 9:58 AM

I don’t think Toomey will let that happen.

Dire Straits on May 25, 2010 at 10:00 AM

notagool on May 25, 2010 at 9:58 AM

If your a MSM/Liberal Tool….it is.

PappaMac on May 25, 2010 at 10:01 AM

Hey! Never waste a crisis!

sdd on May 25, 2010 at 10:01 AM

“When the allegations were made, they were looked into. And there was no evidence of such a thing,” Axelrod said on CNN’s “John King USA.”

Anyone remember that scene from Revenge of the Nerds where Stan Gable and Betty Childs say they’ll form a crack committee to investigate alleged wrong-doings? Yep, this.

LastRick on May 25, 2010 at 10:01 AM

So, O.K., Axelrod is laying down the precedent that Navy Admirals lack credibility.

Lourdes on May 25, 2010 at 10:02 AM

Axelrod: No evidence that Sestak is telling the truth

This is along the lines of Gore’s “There was no controlling legal authority”

chemman on May 25, 2010 at 10:02 AM

Soros lapdog

Hummer53 on May 25, 2010 at 10:02 AM

One word – SpecialProsecutor!

huckleberryfriend on May 25, 2010 at 10:02 AM

I can’t believe that a Democrat would lie.

search4truth on May 25, 2010 at 10:02 AM

How long before we start hearing “no controlling legal authority” from this regime?

Rebar on May 25, 2010 at 10:02 AM

“No evidence” = classic weasel wording. Please, please don’t let the MSM bury this story…

Missy on May 25, 2010 at 9:58 AM

Vince Foster also had “no evidence”.

Rovin on May 25, 2010 at 10:03 AM

and…. the number of deaths in Afghanistan just surpassed 1,000 overall last week.

If GWB had done it…. *cue cindy sheehan*….

ted c on May 25, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Yep. And there would be a “grim milestone” headline on the front page of every paper and news site.

Missy on May 25, 2010 at 10:03 AM

They said the WH would throw Sestak under the bus.

I suspect this particular fellow isn’t going to stay there, though.

AnninCA on May 25, 2010 at 10:00 AM

it’s one thing to throw another guy under the bus, it’s a whole different ballgame to commit a felony by offering that guy a job as SECNAV as a means to get him out of a Senate race BEFORE you throw his ass under the bus. Joe Sestak may be a slippery, opportunistic putzy Democrat, but, you don’t make the rank of admiral without “learning to dodge a few mines here and there…”

/name that movie quote/

ted c on May 25, 2010 at 10:03 AM

ted c on May 25, 2010 at 9:58 AM

Yah I can’t see Seestak destroying his career and reputation for something so serious, especially considering the felony implications, not when he didn’t need to while running against a fool like Specter.

Bishop on May 25, 2010 at 10:04 AM

why do I have the sinking feeling that my summer is going to end with me in a FEMA camp??

ted c on May 25, 2010 at 10:04 AM

And don’t foget “Calling Elvis” and “On Every Street“.

Dire Straits on May 25, 2010 at 9:58 AM

O/T I know, but this is one of my top favorite albums, all-time amazing record. Excruciatingly unappreciated by the general public.

LastRick on May 25, 2010 at 10:04 AM

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