A bribe via Rahm Emanuel, via former President Bill Clinton: If Sestak is smart, he will come clean, quickly and face the consequences, which will be few if he steps up now. I understand a Sestak press conference is imminent. The thing to remember is that the prize for the White House was moving Sestak aside to give Sen. Arlen Specter a chance to retain his senate seat from Pennsylvania (and vote for every Obama initiative). Every Pennsylvanian should be outraged. Updates as available, and after Sestak’s presser. See updates below.
If Rahm Emanuel was involved as Greg Sargent at The Plum Line is reporting, we know that Obama had his Chicago hands all over it:
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.
Can it get any uglier than a former President doing this? Can you imagine George W. Bush offering a bribe like this – or any bribe for that matter?
Update 11:40 a.m.
From White House Counsel Robert Bauer via Fox News’ Major Garrett from a White House Report:
White House key points, from Bauer (paraphrased):
1) There were “factual errors” in reporting
2) Sestak was not offered the job of Secretary of the Navy
3) At no time did Sestak seek the job of Secretary of the Navy
4) The offer was of uncompensated advisory board options
5) One option was for Sestak to stay in the house, and serve on advisory positions to President without compensation.
6) White House staff did not discuss the options with Sestak
7)Emanuel talked to Clinton about optional positions to offer
8) Nothing nefarious about it, and other administratons have done the same thing.
Just minutes ago [11:42 a.m.], Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) was on Fox News and said the “Statute” says that nothing of value can be legally offered, either directly or indirectly, He also said Sestak has said that the White House had conversations with his [Sestak’s] brother, who is his campaign manager
Update 1:00 p.m. EDT:
So, the White House and Sestak have their story worked out on Friday afternoon before Memorial Day weekend – what a classy bunch – absolutely not respect for American voters:
Sestak has issued a statement, but I’m not yet finding it on line. Originally, Sestak said Clinton/Rahm Emanuel offered him a” job, not an “advisory position.” Today’s story from Sestak, however, says he was only offered a position on a presidential board, with no compensation, while remaining a U.S. Representative in the House.
Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey on FOX said “this is politics as usual.” To that comment, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) said if that is true, let it stop now, and he said he would stop it! Mukasey said this would only break one of the statutes if the offer was for a position created by Congress, such as Secretary of Navy. Others are seeing it differently.
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