If you think anybody is actually going to bring impeachment proceedings against the thug-in-chief, think again.
The White House continues to avoid discussing details on whether Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak was offered a job if he skipped the Pennsylvania Senate primary but spokesman Robert Gibbs said Sunday that lawyers reviewed conversations and found “nothing inappropriate.”
“I’m not a lawyer. But lawyers in the White House and others have looked into conversations that were had with Congressman Sestak. And nothing inappropriate happened,” Gibbs told CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
“I’m not going to get further into what the conversations were. People that have looked into them assure me that they weren’t inappropriate in any way,” he said.
Sestak, a former Navy vice admiral who defeated Sen. Arlen Specter in the Democratic Senate primary last week, months ago said that the White House offered him a job to stay out of the race.
Sestak refused to bow out then, and still refuses to say now what job was offered.
“I was offered a job. I answered that,” he said on NBC’s “Meet the Press. “Anybody else has to decide for themselves what to say upon their role. And that’s their responsibility.”
Gibbs said Republicans continue to “dredge this up” because Pat Toomey, the GOP nominee challenging Sestak is “already behind in a very important Senate race.”
The latest Rasmussen Reports poll taken one day after Tuesday’s primary election showed Sestak leading Toomey 46-42 percent with 1 4.5 percent margin of error among 500 likely voters.
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said if Sestak were offered a job, it would behoove the White House to “either corroborate that or call him a liar.”
“Is it proper, ethical and legal for the White House to try to get a sitting member of Congress out of a race because they have other plans? I don’t know. The White House has to answer the question,” Steele said.
At least Darrell Issa is looking into it.
A GOP lawmaker says that the White House committed a “crime” if it offered Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak a federal job in exchange for dropping his primary challenge to Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa.
“That would be a crime to offer anybody a federal job,” Rep. Darrell Issa, the top Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, told Fox News on Friday.
For example, the California Republican said it would be a crime if he offered a staff job to anyone to help him win an election.
“It’s the same for the executive branch,” he said. “You can’t promise ambassadorships to contributors and even worse, you cannot manipulate the races by saying we’ll give you something else if you drop out. You can’t do it.”
Sestak, who is aggravating Democratic leaders by challenging Specter for the Senate nomination in Pennsylvania, said last month that the White House dangled a federal job in front of him last summer in an attempt to entice him to drop out of the state’s Democratic primary.
Sestak has refused to elaborate on the circumstances but has acknowledged that the job was a high-ranking position.
Issa is seeking answers but the White House isn’t talking. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs promised Fox News on Tuesday to provide answers. But since then, Gibbs has stonewalled reporters.
Issa wrote a letter to the White House counsel on Wednesday demanding information on Sestak’s claim.
“While the White House may think this is politics as usual, what is spectacularly unusual is when a candidate – a U.S. Congressman no less – -freely acknowledges such a proposal,” he wrote to White House counsel Robert Bauer. “Almost always candidates keep quiet about such deals, and for good reason – they are against the law.”
Issa told Fox News that he is trying to give the White House an opportunity to tell its side of the story.
“Right now, they’re doing the ‘I won’t confirm or deny,’ and for us, it leaves two possibilities,” Issa said. “One is the promise of transparency in this administration is just shot. The second one is even worse, which is either Sestak is lying or the administration has done something wrong and is covering it up and they should be the first to want to clear that up even if they’re not wanting to support transparency as they said they would when they came to office.”