The Silence of the Sestak: The Big Me involved?; Update: WH memo released; Update: Sestak corroborates

posted at 11:36 am on May 28, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

With the political world holding its breath for the Friday-afternoon document dump containing the Obama White House response to the Joe Sestak scandal, Greg Sargent gets a sneak peek at the possible defense.  The Obama administration will say that it asked Bill Clinton to conduct “informal” talks with Sestak to determine his political ambitions, which Sestak then mischaracterized afterward:

Senior White House advisers asked former President Bill Clinton to talk to Joe Sestak about whether he was serious about running for Senate, and to feel out whether he’d be open to other alternatives, according to sources familiar with the situation.

But the White House maintains that the Clinton-Sestak discussions were informal, according to the sources. The White House, under pressure to divulge the specifics of its interactions with Sestak, will release a formal statement later today outlining their version of events, including Clinton’s involvement.

According to the sources, White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel asked Clinton and his longtime adviser, lawyer Doug Band, to talk to Sestak about the race. It’s unclear right now whether the White House will say that Clinton was asked to suggest specific administration positions for Sestak, whether Clinton floated positions on his own, whether Clinton discussed other options not related to the adminstration [sic], or whether employment even came up at all in the talks.

But the news that Clinton is at the center of this whole story is noteworthy on its own because of the former president’s stature, and underscores how heavily invested the White House was in dissuading Sestak from running. The White House sent Clinton to talk to Sestak because Arlen Specter, constituting the 60th Dem vote in the Senate, was viewed as key to enacting Obama’s agenda.

Having someone outside of the administration as a buffer would be very convenient for Obama at this juncture.  It allows Obama to offload the blame to someone other than a staffer.  And like all buffers, it provides the President with plausible deniability for any legal problems that might ensue.

That doesn’t mean that it’s also not true.  After all, the idea of plausible deniability has a long, if inglorious, history in American politics.  The film The Godfather, Part II has one character, Joe Cicci, laughing while he tells a Congressional committee that the Corleone family had “lots of buffers.”  Buffers exist because they’re practical and they work, especially in politics.  Even if no criminal intent existed, a buffer for this kind of mission would be essential.  It would be hard to imagine either Barack Obama or Rahm Emanuel tasking themselves with the job of pushing Sestak out of the Pennsylvania primary.

Assuming that Sargent’s sources are correct, we can pretty much predict what the document dump will say.  “We asked President Clinton to see what Rep. Sestak’s intentions were, and how we could help” would cover all the bases — and leave Bill Clinton holding the bag if anything untoward happened.  That, however, seems highly unlikely for a man so slippery that he could parse the meaning of the word “is” under oath.  An accidental crossing of the line would be much more likely with an inexperienced staffer than with Clinton, who would have been on his guard.  This makes it much more likely that Sestak blew it out of proportion in order to score a few political points against Arlen Specter and Obama.

Here’s a question, though.  Who was the buffer in Colorado?

Update: The New York Times has the same leak, but even more information about the job offer, emphasis mine:

Mr. Obama promised on Thursday to release an account of the matter, which White House lawyers have been drafting in recent days in consultation with Mr. Sestak’s brother, Richard, who runs his campaign. The White House plans to release its statement later on Friday. Until now, the White House has said publicly only that whatever conversations took place with Mr. Sestak were not inappropriate.

The office of Robert F. Bauer, the White House counsel, has concluded that Mr. Emanuel’s proposal did not violate laws prohibiting government employees from promising employment as a reward for political activity because the position being offered was unpaid. The office also found other examples of presidents offering positions to political allies to achieve political aims.

That may get around the letter of the law, but certainly not the spirit, and it clears up another point that had puzzled me.  Obama yesterday claimed that the repor would exonerate him; if so, why hold it until Friday afternoon?  That would limit the media coverage of the exoneration.  The answer appears to be that the report may exonerate Obama and his staff from violations of the law — but that it clearly shows Obama attempting to manipulate an election in Pennsylvania for his own political purposes.  That may be legal, but it’s certainly not indicative of the “most transparent/ethical administration ever,” as Obama promised to provide.

Update II: What kind of unpaid position would be attractive enough to get Sestak out of the Senate primary?  That’s a darned good question, and I’ll bet the Obama White House is scrambling to make up find an answer.  If Sestak challenges this spin, though, I’d be very surprised.  I think he’s looking for an exit from this scandal at least as hard as Obama and his staff.

Update III: Marc Ambinder has the White House memo.  Shouldn’t this have been released at 5 pm or so?  And the memo itself seems to be evidence of potential wrongdoing, rather than an exoneration:

Uncompensated Advisory Board Options. We found that, as the Congressman has publicly and accurately stated, options for Executive Branch service were raised with him.  Efforts were made in June and July of 2009 to determine whether Congressman Sestak would be interested in service on a Presidential or other Senior Executive Branch Advisory Board, which would avoid a divisive Senate primary, allow him to retain his seat in the House, and provide him with an opportunity for additional service to the public in a high-level advisory capacity for which he was highly qualified.  The advisory positions discussed with Congressman Sestak, while important to the work of the Administration, would have been uncompensated.

White House staff did not discuss these options with Congressman Sestak.  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.

Er, isn’t that at the least an admission of attempting to tamper with the Democratic primary in Pennsylvania?  If this didn’t violate the law, why did Rahm Emanuel ask Bill Clinton to make the pitch rather than do it himself?

I’m guessing this adds gasoline rather than water to the fire.

Update IV: Via the Boss Emeritus on Twitter, Sestak wastes no time in corroborating the White House account:

Last summer, I received a phone call from President Clinton. During the course of the conversation, he expressed concern over my prospects if I were to enter the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate and the value of having me stay in the House of Representatives because of my military background. He said that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel had spoken with him about my being on a Presidential Board while remaining in the House of Representatives. I said no. I told President Clinton that my only consideration in getting into the Senate race or not was whether it was the right thing to do for Pennsylvania working families and not any offer. The former President said he knew I’d say that, and the conversation moved on to other subjects.

There are many important challenges facing Pennsylvania and the rest of the country. I intend to remain focused on those issues and continue my fight on behalf of working families.

Excuse me, but a position on a Presidential Board is not a “job” in any sense of the word.  Sestak has repeatedly insisted that the White House offered him a job to get him to withdraw from the race.  Now we’re at the who’s-lying stage, and it may well be everyone.


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Now were at that you aren’t bigger than the presidency and you and your family are in danger stage.

tomas on May 28, 2010 at 3:06 PM

I think we can all agree that the root of this chain of events was Arlen Specter trying to dump on the GOP.

I think we can safely say at this point that Specter’s little stunt backfired in every way imaginable.

Good times.

jeff_from_mpls on May 28, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Obama finally saves or creates one job…and it’s voluntary?

Noel on May 28, 2010 at 3:12 PM

The Clintoons probably have the goods on Zero. Maybe even the grades and long form birth certificate. Remember that Reno is renowned for her ability to sneak out FBI files for Bubba’s benefit, Sandy Burglar is renowned for stealing from the National Archives for Bubba’s benefit, and Eric Holder is renowned for being Reno’s lackey while assistant AG for Bubba.

Zero should be an expert on breaking laws. He was an ACORN lawyer!

viking01 on May 28, 2010 at 3:12 PM

And then Biden would be President, then Pelosi, then Byrd, then Clinton, then Geitner.

Long life and health Mr. President.

barnone on May 28, 2010 at 12:23 PM

I never thought I’d say it, but Biden, Byrd or CLinton would be an improvement. Pelosi about even exchange.

clnurnberg on May 28, 2010 at 3:13 PM

How much stroking did dear leader have to perform on Clinton to get his help in finding a way out of this impeachable mess? You know there had to be some quid pro quo on the table. Sestak is in deeper water than he ever was while in the Navy.

Kissmygrits on May 28, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Pelosi would be extremely dangerous as president. She’d be telling our allies to wait until World War IV starts before they can see what caused it. Then at every press conference she’d start by asking who stole the strawberries.

viking01 on May 28, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Obama finally saves or creates one job…and it’s voluntary?

Noel on May 28, 2010 at 3:12 PM

+100000000

ConservativePartyNow on May 28, 2010 at 3:17 PM

petefrt on May 28, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Desperate is what you would have to be to trust Bill Clinton. Just for fun they should ask for phone records proving there was a phone call.

Cindy Munford on May 28, 2010 at 3:18 PM

Man oh man, this thing is huge:
http://twitpic.com/1ruq64

westernflyer on May 28, 2010 at 3:22 PM

Why is everyone surprised at this? For hell’s sake, we all knew they’d whip SOMETHING up to cover this whole deal. As far as I’m concerned, even if Bill did the asking, he did it on the behalf of the administration. That’s criminal in my book.

But I never really believed anything would come out of this anyhow. This administration could rape/murder/molest someone on camera and the press and Congress would make excuses for it and/or fix the rules so whatever happened, it was all legal. That’s how the Chicago Thugocracy works, remember?

Mad Mad Monica on May 28, 2010 at 3:23 PM

“Buffers” ? “intermediaries” ??
Co-Conspirators!

CaveatEmpty on May 28, 2010 at 3:24 PM

Excuse me, but a position on a Presidential Board is not a “job” in any sense of the word. Sestak has repeatedly insisted that the White House offered him a job to get him to withdraw from the race. Now we’re at the who’s-lying stage, and it may well be everyone.

I would think that if it were just some position on a board, this would have been cleared up a long time ago.

Terrye on May 28, 2010 at 3:29 PM

it’s quite possible they weren’t sure if they had broken a law or not.

Tom_Shipley on May 28, 2010 at 2:48 PM

Shorter Shipley: Ooops.

BobMbx on May 28, 2010 at 3:29 PM

westernflyer on May 28, 2010 at 3:22 PM

Reagan’s dead. The left and the MSM had their eight years of crapping all over Ronaldo Magnus.

Currently our problem is with the living president who can’t speak a single sentence without lying.

Focus man, focus.

fogw on May 28, 2010 at 3:31 PM

Now we’re at the who’s-lying stage, and it may well be everyone.

Of course everybody is lying. Sestak is lying because he wants to be the Dem senator. The White House has to lie to escape the culpability of committing a felony. The one and only question that will potentially resolve this is why Restak made the job accusation in the first place.

docdave on May 28, 2010 at 3:37 PM

westernflyer on May 28, 2010 at 3:22 PM

So apparently no one hide it or lied about it. Interesting

Cindy Munford on May 28, 2010 at 3:43 PM

it’s quite possible they weren’t sure if they had broken a law or not.

Tom_Shipley on May 28, 2010 at 2:48 PM

So, have you and crr6 opened your new law firm yet?

Del Dolemonte on May 28, 2010 at 3:44 PM

The Clintoons probably have the goods on Zero. Maybe even the grades and long form birth certificate.

viking01 on May 28, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Of course they do. They have the goods on everyone in DC, even those in their own Party (one of the infamous 900 FBI files, for example, was Carville’s).

That’s the only reason they have continued to be relevant for so long. Not from any actually political “talent”, other than lying that is.

Del Dolemonte on May 28, 2010 at 3:47 PM

I think we can all agree that the root of this chain of events was Arlen Specter trying to dump on the GOP.

I think we can safely say at this point that Specter’s little stunt backfired in every way imaginable.

Good times.

jeff_from_mpls on May 28, 2010 at 3:11 PM

There are no mistakes. Only happy accidents.

– Bob(?) Ross the painting teacher from the old PBS Series

TheBigOldDog on May 28, 2010 at 3:52 PM

This adminstration must think the american people are so dumb we can’t remember today (or look it up on our xboxes) what they told us yesterday. This is the biggest load of BS I’ve ever heard.

Mini-14 on May 28, 2010 at 3:54 PM

Del Dolemonte on May 28, 2010 at 3:47 PM

I figure that too is why Mitch McConnell so often conveniently folds.

———-

So, have you and crr6 opened your new law firm yet?

Del Dolemonte on May 28, 2010 at 3:44 PM

Last I heard those two were still fetching coffee at Jackal, Jackal, Hyena and Slug.

viking01 on May 28, 2010 at 3:58 PM

So, have you and crr6 opened your new law firm yet?

Del Dolemonte on May 28, 2010 at 3:44 PM

The Eastern Stupidity Law Center???

*snort*

BigWyo on May 28, 2010 at 4:00 PM

How many stupid things is the Obama administration going to have to do before the obvious is stated?

Barack Obama is not smart.

Jaynie59 on May 28, 2010 at 4:01 PM

I hope Bill Clinton did not offer Sestak an unpaid internship. Yikes..

RobCon on May 28, 2010 at 4:03 PM

This level of spin and legal parsing has reached stratospheric levels. Let’s cut the BS, put these dumbasses under oath and have them investigated. I’m not buying any of this. This was a valiant effort at trying to slither away from this stinking carcass and, natch, nobody is buying it.

ted c on May 28, 2010 at 4:06 PM

Does Sestak have a blue dress? Does he talk to Linda Tripp on occasion?

ted c on May 28, 2010 at 4:07 PM

Just heard AP top of the hour news. They buy the explanation. Surprised? Oh, and they had to get a little dig in on the Republicans saying it wouldn’t be enough for the GOP. Yeah that’s right turn it on the Republicans.

sandee on May 28, 2010 at 4:07 PM

Squid Pro Quo

ted c on May 28, 2010 at 4:16 PM

So apparently no one hide it or lied about it. Interesting

Cindy Munford on May 28, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Good grief.

Cindy Munford on May 28, 2010 at 4:21 PM

It’s just plain sleazy.

kingsjester on May 28, 2010 at 4:23 PM

More Sestak Questions [Rich Lowry]

Since when is a former three-star admiral going to be impressed by an offer of a position on an advisory board?

If Sestak was exaggerating all along, why didn’t the White House expose him months ago when it would have embarrassed him and perhaps help drag Specter over the finish line?

Does Rahm Emanuel give up so easily that after making Sestak an insulting offer of an advisory board slot he would have stopped trying to entice Sestak out of the race?

NRO

As far as the last ones go, until Sestak ran the ad with the devastating clip of Specter weirdly leering at the camera and saying that he switched parties to help his re-election, I doubt the WH thought Sestak wasn’t much more than an annoying distraction and that Fast Eddie Rendell’s Dem machine would get out the vote for Arlen. So Sestak wasn’t worth too much effort.

Wethal on May 28, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Sestak is on Fox answering questions;

qx1. Why Clinton?
ans. said BJ called him, and he felt it wasn’t right to discuss that conversation

qx2. How many times did BJ call?
ans. Said several calls, discussed primary fights, discussed military service. Said Rahm brought up “presidential board” of some sort, he almost interrupted him saying …. platitude to PA….

qx3. Was it clear that the WH was asking about a position?
ans. Reiterated Rahm Rahm…

qx4 Felony? Did you know
anx. if it was wrong he would’ve reported it.

qx5 why you called it a “job”
ans. Antiestablishment, Democrat, DC, I’m an outsider yada yada

sestak says it was in FEbruary, was it a “job”, yes. It was a job, then said “no comment.”

qx 6. any other commo?
ans 6. No , just one phone call (contradicted himself w/ above answer saying BJ called “several times, several phone calls”)

ted c on May 28, 2010 at 4:24 PM

AP, he is openly contradicting himself on the number of times he was contacted by Billy Jeff. He said several, then said once. And he repeated it.

ted c on May 28, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Squid Pro Quo

ted c on May 28, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Comeback Kid Pro Quo

petefrt on May 28, 2010 at 4:26 PM

ted c on May 28, 2010 at 4:06 PM

Agreed on the relevanc of parsing being a standard Clintonian diversionary tactic.

Sestak admission he talked to Clintoon could easily be a diversion from others he talked to whom have made additional offers as a payoff from Obama to bow out. So to speak.

viking01 on May 28, 2010 at 4:28 PM

Anti washington, anti establishment,

what do you think about the position that you are in?

He said he wasn’t interested in the “job” because he wanted to work for PA. PA has been “ripped apart”

Do you think this will impact your campaign?
No, they’re worried about “their jobs” the farmer in Potter County…platitudes… pivot to campaign slogan

He felt it wasn’t “right” to talk about details of a conference w/ BJ.

Last saw Rahm March 2009 for some HC thingy at WH… LIE.. i think

he reiterates his “yes” answer about summer 09.. reiterates “PRESIDENTIAL BOARD”….is saying he interrupted the president, and doesn’t recall, foggy memory, maybe intelligence, and says he wasn’t interested,

folks, this guy is struggling, he is really struggling and in a corner.

ted c on May 28, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Vince Foster could not be reached for comment.

viking01 on May 28, 2010 at 4:33 PM

he is trying to make people forget about this, shrugs off FBI investigation, nahhhhh,

his memory cannot recall anything beyond “PRESIDENTIAL BOARD” and then he gets amnesia….

ted c on May 28, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Sestak has been saying he was offered a position to DROP OUT of the race.

In the presser just now he said he was offered one not to enter.

*cough*bullshit*cough*

Virginia Shanahan on May 28, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Coordinated stonewalling. I just witnesses another raping of integrity in America.

madmonkphotog on May 28, 2010 at 4:49 PM

Ben Stein on Cavuto just cried BS on the story of the advisory board job offer. He said it would have been a big time position.

kingsjester on May 28, 2010 at 4:52 PM

This is such BS. Billy Jeff is used to offer a guy a nothing position to not enter drop out of a race. That doesn’t add up. A former president offers a guy a job at a museum gift shop to a congressman so he doesn’t go join the senate??? that’s bull shite. bull shite straight up.

ted c on May 28, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Its the cover-up that kills you.

ajacksonian on May 28, 2010 at 4:53 PM

it ain’t no fricking wonder there are so many federal holidays. What better way for the govmint to bury stories than to push them out there on a friday afternoon before memorial day.

Bad news next week? there’s only five more weeks till fourth of july!

ted c on May 28, 2010 at 4:55 PM

This is such BS. Billy Jeff is used to offer a guy a nothing position to not enter drop out of a race. That doesn’t add up. A former president offers a guy a job at a museum gift shop to a congressman so he doesn’t go join the senate??? that’s bull shite. bull shite straight up.

ted c on May 28, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Yeah. Why didn’t they just wait to offer Sestak this position AFTER he lost, if he lost?

ddrintn on May 28, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Never trust a vice admiral who gets FIRED…

Khun Joe on May 28, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Yeah. Why didn’t they just wait to offer Sestak this position AFTER he lost, if he lost?

ddrintn on May 28, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Obviously, the end result of getting Sestak out of the race was the motivation for the offer in the first place. Therein lies the very sticky, very illegal problem.

ted c on May 28, 2010 at 5:04 PM

How much stroking did dear leader have to perform on Clinton

OMG…my optical nerves…they BURN…!!!

Ragspierre on May 28, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Bill Clinton = Charles Logan minus the many redeeming qualities

horatio on May 28, 2010 at 5:21 PM

And now I would like for them to explain Romanoff in Colorado as well

ConservativePartyNow on May 28, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Bill Clinton = Charles Logan minus the many redeeming qualities

horatio on May 28, 2010 at 5:21 PM

Funny, and true.

whbates on May 28, 2010 at 5:40 PM

Clinton refuses to comment

ConservativePartyNow on May 28, 2010 at 6:09 PM

I read that it was:

allegedly offering him an unpaid advisory role on an intelligence board in exchange for getting him to drop his primary bid against Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.)

Really and Sestak wasn’t insulted to go from Congress to an unpaid advisor…

That just doesn’t make sense.

This is a cover up.

The truth is out there, keep digging.

They think we are too dumb to realize that people don’t quit running for their dream job, one of the most personally powerful jobs in the world, when offered an unpaid honorary sort of thing.

No one is dumb enough to buy this. More lies.

petunia on May 28, 2010 at 6:34 PM

He said that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel had spoken with him about my being on a Presidential Board while remaining in the House of Representatives. I said no.

Either this is a lie or what he’s been telling the press is a lie. If it was this little of a thing he would have said “you guys are blowing this out of proportion.” He never said that. This is a lie.

Sestak at least it appear it was a high level job, like Secretary of the Navy. People wouldn’t have guessed secretary of the Navy if Sestak had indicated a do nothing stupid unpaid thing like this.

They got their stories synchronized and are now trying to pretend.

There must be evidence. What is the equivalent of the blue dress in this story? It’s out there.

petunia on May 28, 2010 at 6:43 PM

it’s quite possible they weren’t sure if they had broken a law or not.

Tom_Shipley on May 28, 2010 at 2:48 PM

More likely they didn’t care whether a law was broken because they knew they had a majority of people just like you who would never question anything they ever did.

You are truly lost my friend, nothing a democrat ever does will ever seem the least bit slimy (or illegal) to you. A republican, on the other hand, can never do anything right. You will never realize just how deluded you are, and that’s probably the most sad thing anyone can say about you.

runawayyyy on May 28, 2010 at 6:53 PM

Well, after all this is how Hillary got her seat as SOS. Her and B.O. met, then she withdrew from the race, and presto, she is SOS under his regime. A little more searching may show how B.O. got into office to begin with in the fast lane or how his old Senate seat went up for sale like something that can be bought.

johnnyU on May 28, 2010 at 6:56 PM

Heard mention on Rush that Board was related to foreign intelligence, so the Board was likley the PFIAB – President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. Filled with heavy hitters. Look it up. Pronounced piff-e-ab.

Jimmy Doolittle on May 28, 2010 at 6:59 PM

Who better than Clinton, an impeached perjurer, to play go-between?

BTW, IF a President is removed from office for whatever reason, the VP moves up, BUT NOT the Speaker of the House. The Speaker only moves up if BOTH the Pres and VP are removed from office…The former VP, now P, gets to pick their VP.

Just think back to when Nixon resigned his office…

Gohawgs on May 28, 2010 at 7:54 PM

With Clinton in the middle, Republicans are fools if they take this one on. Right now Republican voters are more likely to vote in 2012 (Rasmussen finds) then apathetic and disgruntled Dems. Take Clinton on and all that will happen is that those apathetic Dems will get all ginned up and run to the voting booths.

Halli Casser-Jayne
http://www.thecjpoliticalreport.com

The CJ Political Report on May 28, 2010 at 8:05 PM

Clinton is their proof? CLINTON???????
ahahahahahahahahaha

yeah, everybody KNOWS he wouldn’t lie about anything.

a convicted liar is their proof. Man, thats good.

gordo on May 28, 2010 at 8:52 PM

Sestak is in a unique LOSE/LOSE situation. It won’t be hard for Pat Toomey to show that:

1. Either Sestak is a big liar about his claims to have been offered a job in the Obama administration. However this is not likely since Obama has now admitted, through Robert Bauer, White House counsel, that he (Obama) illegally and feloniously attempted to influence Sestak, during the primary elections in Philadelphia, into taking a “high-raking” job inside the Obama administration in order to favor his pal, Arlen Specter (a despicable person who crossed his morals, his constituents, himself and his party in order to Obama’s bidding for him — voting in favor of Obama’s health care bongle, very much against the will of his constituents).

Or,

2. Pat Toomey will win when he points out how long and hard Sestak has had to think about doing the right thing — several months and still really nothing. Sestak has stonewalled, like a third-grader, dodging questions and postponing the truth. Morally, Sesak is disgusting; for him to even think about waiting more than a moment to tell the truth when asked. Sestak has pledged, when younger, a vow to abhor dishonesty with his military college oaths to be honorable. Sestak has pledged to uphold the Constitution and the laws of the United States. Has he been complicit and is he now an “insider” taking part in a cover-up with Obama and his cronies?

I would never vote for a man that takes longer than just a second to contemplate righteousness — point out who is the felon. Come clean and give the people real hope. But, of course, not Sestak.

AdrianS on May 28, 2010 at 9:39 PM

For Obama that meant, when the time came, he would make Sestak an offer he might accept in exchange for dropping out of the primary against Specter. Note that Bill Clinton, White House Councel, Obama, and others in this fiasco are attorneys. Ignorance of the law is no excuse.

Talk is that patsy Bill Clinton was the one who approached Sestak to try and talk him out of running against Obama’s darling, Arlen Specter, in exchange for a high-ranking job in the White House.

What makes it patently clear that Obama and Bauer are dishonest in their reply is that Bill Clinton is NOT, as Sestak has claimed, a White House official able to fit the description given of who contacted Sestak, according to Sestak. Furthermore, you have to be an idiot to believe that the “job offer” to Sestak was simply a non-paying adviser job???? This instead of becoming a Senator with Senator’s pay and prestige? Me thinks the offer from Obama was one of a “higher” kind of job inside the White House. Can you spell f-e-l-o-n-y? Can you spell j-a-i-l t-i-m-e for Obama.

Consider that Bill Clinton is NOT a White House official. “Sestak told a Philadelphia television anchor Larry Kane he had received a job offer from the White House…” – rightpundits.com…: http://www.rightpundits.com/?p=5926.

Is the Obama Administration lying? The Philadelphia Journal reported on Feb. 19, 2010, “A White House spokesman this morning strongly denied Sestak had been offered (a job) yesterday. Before the spokesman issued the denial a senior Pennsylvania Democrat yesterday said White House officials there were angered by Sestak’s account.

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/home_top_stories/20100219_Sestak_says_federal_job_was_offered_to_quit_race.html#axzz0pH303t4O.

Today, May 28th, 2010, Obama admits there was an (illegal and felonious) offer of a high-position job made to Sestak to encourage him to leave the race (is this election tampering, too?). Actions taken by Obama are illegal and punishable by impeachment for high crimes and misdemeanors.

Although I believe that Obama is NOT the legitimate president, Congress may not need to impeach him, just merely walk his butt over to the nearest jail house.

AdrianS on May 28, 2010 at 9:44 PM

In the event that Obama is impeached perhaps we’ll get a chance to see his birth-certificate. And, furthermore, if Obama is proven not to be a natural born citizen and NOT the true president (because his FATHER was not a citizen), then Joe Biden could not be seated as president because of the failing of the entire ticket. Perhaps it can be shown that Biden was complicit as Pelosi, and Reid, is in the “non-vetting” of a candidate.

This means that the speaker of the House, Pelosi, would also not be able to assume the presidency. Some individual down the latter would have to assume, perhaps temporarily, while a special election is called, the presidency on Obama’s removal.

Or, if Obama cannot be impeached because he is NOT the true president (fraud) then perhaps the D.C. police or FBI can just walk his lying butt on over to the nearest jailhouse.

AdrianS on May 28, 2010 at 9:52 PM

The story is over, folks. This was the truth of the matter. It was clearly a very serious “exploratory” discussion, but skirted the edge of legality.

Those who pursue it futher will find themselves on the outskirts of public opinion on this.

AnninCA on May 28, 2010 at 10:07 PM

Those who pursue it futher will find themselves on the outskirts of public opinion on this.

AnninCA on May 28, 2010 at 10:07 PM

Who cares about public opinion? A bunch of liars running for help to the king of liars. It’s not even plausible, Mr. Clinton phoned this “effort” in.

Cindy Munford on May 28, 2010 at 10:17 PM

Consider that Bill Clinton is NOT a White House official. “Sestak told a Philadelphia television anchor Larry Kane he had received a job offer from the White House…” – rightpundits.com…: http://www.rightpundits.com/?p=5926.

Is the Obama Administration lying? The Philadelphia Journal reported on Feb. 19, 2010, “A White House spokesman this morning strongly denied Sestak had been offered (a job) yesterday. Before the spokesman issued the denial a senior Pennsylvania Democrat yesterday said White House officials there were angered by Sestak’s account.

This needs a lot of follow up. This is very interesting

congma on May 29, 2010 at 6:56 AM

900 FBI files, that we know of.
Liars with power and no scruples.
Interesting times we live in.

gbear on May 29, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Their story is starting to unravel as evidence as come out that Sestak would not even be eligible for the position on the board.

Of course the whole thing never made sense. Let’s evaluate their story.

1. Sestak is running for office against Obama’s handpicked candidate.
2. Rahm asks Clinton to talk to Sestak. Clinton is not part of the Whitehouse staff but being a former President, he carries a lot of weight within the party, second only to Obama himself.
3. Clinton offers Sestak a meaningless position on a board. The offer can have absolutely no effect on Sestak’s decision having less value to Sestak than a 10% off coupon for breakfast at Denny’s. Moreover Sestak is not even eligible for the board.

Thus we have to believe that Rahm recruits the heaviest hitter in the Dem party to offer nothing of value to Sestak in order for him to forgo an campagin to win a seat in the U.S. Senate.

Nonsense.

So what did happen?

Option 1:
There was no offer of anything. The Whitehouse recruited Clinton only to strong arm Sestak. Sestak lied about the offer in order to make himself look “above the fray” in an anti-incumbent year. The Whitehouse doesn’t want to call Sestak a liar so they:
a) Invent a phony story of a board position to give Sestak a way out of his earlier lie.
b) Used Clinton so that Whitehouse staff members would not be directly involved.
c) Claimed it was just a minor offer of a board position to skirt the legal entanglement of offering “something of value”.

Option #2:
They offered something of value, which does put them in legal jeopardy. They bring in Clinton to claim that he discussed the offer because a) it would not directly involve Whitehouse staff and b) no one is going to go after an ex-President on something like this.

In any case, it’s clear that the true story is a lie. If it were the truth, it could have been released weeks and months ago. In fact, it would have been in the Whitehouse’s interest to release it weeks and months ago prior to the primary election. Afterall, the WH was still backing Spectre and thus had every motivation to release the facts if they exonnerated the WH and undercut Sestak’s claim. Though, perhaps, the WH really wanted Sestak to win all along – a thought which is probably occuring to Spectre as the hears about this story.

But the only conclusion that fits all of the facts is:

1) Sestak’s claims are true and he WAS offered a valuable post to drop out.
2) The WH clammed up hoping the whole issue would disappear, certainly with a Spectre victory in the primaries.
3) When it didn’t go away, the WH had to coordinate a cover story with Sestak and perhaps Clinton that would leave the WH, as much as possible, clear of legal challenges and which would not undercut Sestak’s earlier claims. Notice that everyone shuts up about the details until the memo is released and all of the parties are settled on the official story. Clinton is ask to be the guy because of his relative immunity being an ex-President and the fact that it would not directly involve WH staff members.

PackerBronco on May 29, 2010 at 12:30 PM

What is need now in the Obama-Sestak bribery felony is a through investigation, one that is conducted by the Justice Department and an independent prosecutor. And/or a Congressional investigation. Either of which should follow the laws against unlawful, felonious intervention in public elections.

What is true though is this:

1. It was Obama who made the call; it was he who has the “keys” to the job-locker. Obama was in charge at the White House. Patsies who work for Obama in his bidding are accomplices to the crime.

2. It matters nothing at all that the job 1) pays nothing and/or that 2) Sestak was not qualified to receive it had he accepted. If a bank robber goes to rob a bank and gets nothing, he is still arrested and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

3. Clinton says he spent 1 minute on the phone communicating the idea, the offer and took a response. There are many who don’t believe this for one minute. This needs to be investigated. If it’s true, then Clinton treated Sestak the same as Lewinsky — in only a minute.

4. The law regarding election bribery is very specific. Obama made the offer of a job to encourage Sestak to quit his primary opposition to Specter. It was Obama who owed Specter due to Specter’s voter for Obama’s health care bill. And, in return, Obama would give Sestak a job only Obama is qualified to offer. THE LAW AGAINST THIS TYPE OF BRIBERY WAS WRITTEN FOR THIS TYPE OF BEHAVIOR. It is a felony. It is worth an investigation. And, it should definitively lead to Obama’s impeachment and removal.

Those individuals, senators and congressmen who do not agree that this should be investigated are co-conspirators in this felony. It’s a shame that Obama’s Chicago-style politics tries to muck-up what should be free and fair elections; elections decided by voters and NOT by crooked politicians — the law is very clear on this point.

This issue is not going to go away until justice is done.

AdrianS on May 29, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Contradictions between the White House and Sestak accounts
The following contradictions exist between the official White House account and the original Sestak interview:

• White House: “White House staff did not discuss these options with Congressman Sestak.”
•: Sestak: Replied “Yes” to the question “you were offered a job by someone in the White House?”

• White House: “It has been suggested that discussions of alternatives to the Senate campaign were improperly raised with the Congressman. There was no such impropriety. ”
• Sestak: Replied “Yes” to the question “Were you ever offered a job to get out of this race?

• White House: “It has been suggested that the Administration may have offered Congressman Sestak the position of Secretary of the Navy in the hope that he would accept the offer and abandon a Senate candidacy. This is false.”
• Sestak: Replied “No comment” to the question “Was it Navy Secretary?”, when a simple “No” would have sufficed. In a separate interview, MSNBC says that Sestak did confirm the offer of the Secretary of the Navy position.

“If proven, the reported actions of the Obama administration are clear violations of three federal laws. The impact and fallout from documented violations, as well as the refusal of the Holder Justice Department to appoint a Special Counsel to investigate this matter, have the potential to eclipse the Watergate scandal of the early 1970’s – it is that serious.”

From: Timeline: The Sestak Bribe and the White House Coverup

http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2010/05/timeline-sestak-bribe-and-white-house.html

AdrianS on May 30, 2010 at 2:26 PM

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