Saturday, May 29, 2010

And Now, the REST of the Story

OK, lessee if I understand this. On the day before a three-day weekend, the White House finally came clean on the Joe Sestak matter, thinking (and rightly so) that the lamestream media would ignore the story. Fox News didn't ignore it. Sean Hannity canceled his day off just to cover the story. And you can bet it will be a major story on Fox's weekend shows. So, according to the White House, Bill Clinton was dispatched to persuade Sestak to drop out of the Senate race in exchange for a NON-PAYING position on an intelligence board. Yeah, because every day there are people who give up their ambitions of power and money to work for free. The White House says there was nothing improper about the offer. It was just sleazy politics as usual. That part I believe. However, even if the position does not pay a salary, the law says, "Whoever, directly or indirectly, promises any employment, position, compensation…appointment…to any person as consideration, favor, or reward for any political activity…or in connection with any primary election…shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year or both." That is a clear violation of the law. And here's a kicker that proves the lie. Why would they offer a job for which Sestak is not qualified?

The Board consists of not more than 16 members appointed by the President from among individuals who are not employed by the Federal Government. Members are distinguished citizens selected from the national security, political, academic, and private sectors.

As a sitting member of Congress, Sestak was not eligible for the job. And since the White House intended for Sestak to remain in his House seat, he would not have been eligible for the board after this November’s elections, provided he was re-elected to the House.

Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Lamar Smith, R-Texas, sent a letter Friday to FBI Director Robert Mueller urging the bureau to open an investigation. "Assurances by the Obama White House that no laws were broken are like the Nixon White House promising it did nothing illegal in connection with Watergate...Clearly, an independent investigation is necessary to determine once and for all what really happened." We know the Obama administration will drag its feet on this. Let's hope they keep stonewalling all the way through November.


Jim O said...

Hey, LR, do you have any links for the info you put out on Sestak on your Wednesday post? I'd like to read up on this guy.

Joe said...

I am getting a feeling that the administration knows something about November that they're not letting on.

Is it possible that we could be facing a situation in which there will be no vote in November...some national emergency that would put it off "for the good of the people?"

Jean said...

Lamar Smith, I'm proud to say, is MY representative in Congress.

Lone Ranger said...

Lone Ranger said...

Careful, Joe. That's exactly what liberals said about Bush. Even Obama has limits -- so far.