In February, Rep. Joe Sestak confirmed that he was offered a job by the Obama administration if he would drop his primary challenge to Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA). Senator Specter said if this happened, someone has committed a “misprison of a felony,” [meaning the White House or Sestak]. Sestak would not say who offered the job, or what the job offered was.
There’s a crime called misprison of a felony. Misprison of a felony is when you don’t report a crime. So you’re getting pretty deep areas here in these considerations.
~U.S. Senator Arlen Specter on March 12, 2010
So, no one is willing to confirm or deny from the White House, and Sestak says it happened but is unwilling to name names. Do we call this ‘stonewalling?’
Then there is one more possible “misprison of a felony.”
September 27, 2009 — the Denver Post reports that Obama White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina allegedly offered a job in the Obama administration to ex-Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, if Romanoff dropped his planned primary challenge to incumbent U.S. Senator Michael Bennet. Romanoff refuses comment and runs anyway.
Read the details at the Daily Caller, which also quotes Nixon White House Counsel John Dean:
The ‘stonewall strategy‘ functioned from the very first episodes of the cover-up. It was instinctive, from the very tope of the Administration to the bottom. It was also ad hoc, developed in small reactions to the flurry of each day’s events…we found ourselves trying to hold a line where we could.