Obama's Casa Blanca Press Secretary Robert Baghdad Gibbs refuses to answer allegations that a member of the Obama administration attempted to bribe Democratic Senate candidate Joe Sestak from running for office.
ABC’s Jake Tapper tried on Thursday to get to the bottom of Sestak’s claim that the White House tried to bribe him out of running for the Senate, but was shot down by Gibbs:
Gibbs: Jake, I don’t have anything to add to what I said in March.
Tapper: But you never — you never really explained what the conversation was.
Gibbs: Then I don’t have anything to add today.
Tapper: But if the White House offers a congressman a position in the administration in order to convince that congressman to not run for office —
Gibbs: Jake, I don’t have anything to add to that.
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The Denver Post reported that somebody in the Obama White House offered a plum job to former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff on the condition that he drop his Democratic primary challenge to Sen. Michael Bennett.
In February, Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa., told a talk radio program that somebody in the Obama White House had offered him a job in exchange for dropping his Democratic primary challenge to Sen. Arlen Specter. Given credible allegations that federal laws against offering federal jobs in return for political favors were broken, a previous Washington Examiner editorial asked: "Isn't that enough for somebody at the Department of Justice to start asking some serious questions?"
The answer to that question still appears to be a resounding "no." Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the ranking minority member of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, last week asked Attorney General Eric Holder point-blank whether he was investigating "an allegation that this White House has committed three felonies in offering a member of Congress a high-ranking position in this administration in return for getting out of the primary."
In response, Holder put on an epic demonstration of how to dance around a question without answering it. First, Holder told Issa he couldn't comment on any allegations that might come under the purview of the Justice Department. So Issa then asked Holder if, hypothetically speaking, he would clearly state that it was a crime to offer someone a federal job in exchange for political favors. "I don't answer hypotheticals," answered Holder. Prior to this exchange before the committee, Holder had refused to comment at all, not even to say that he wouldn't comment despite the fact that Issa had addressed the same questions to him in an April 21 letter. Holder apologized during last week's exchange with Issa for his failure to respond to the California Republican's letter but only after being challenged on it.
Holder isn't the only official stonewalling on the political bribery operation apparently being conducted by somebody in the White House with well-paid federal jobs as the payoff. Issa asked White House counsel Bob Bauer about the allegations in a March 10 letter, but has yet to get a response. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs has been asked by journalists about the Sestak bribe offer numerous times, but has responded evasively. The Sestak-Specter primary will be decided today, so it's too late for Pennsylvania voters. But Colorado's primary isn't until Aug. 10, so Holder can at least do something about that race. The attorney general's silence can only be construed as his consent to violating the law.
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