Here’s yet more proof that most democrats, starting right at the top with The Zero™, are criminals and have no problem breaking federal laws, and as usual the state-controlled media buries their collective heads in the sand and ignores it.
What did the president know, and when did he know it?
Posted by Mark Impomeni
Tuesday, February 23rd at 9:00AM EST
We take a break from the hyperventilating over the latest moves in the slow-motion kabuki dance that is the Obama Administration’s efforts to ram its federal takeover of the health care system down the throats of the overwhelming majority of Americans who oppose the various bills to take a look at what should be a much, much bigger story.
Last week, Democratic Senate Candidate Joe Sestak, a retired Admiral, let slip in an interview that someone in the White House offered him a position in the Administration if he would drop his primary challenge of Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania. Sestak wouldn’t elaborate on which job he was offered – speculation centers on Secretary of the Navy – but it hardly matters. As Jeffrey Lord points out, federal law prohibits anyone from offering, soliciting, or receiving any federal office in exchange for a political favor.
“Whoever solicits or receives … any….thing of value, in consideration of the promise of support or use of influence in obtaining for any person any appointive office or place under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.” – 18 USC Sec. 211
It seems highly unlikely that this was a misunderstanding or exaggeration on Sestak’s part. It’s the second time in this election season that another Democrat has accused the White House of trying to buy them out of a Senate challenge with an offer of employment.
Last year, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s deputy, Jim Messina, reportedly suggested that Colorado Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff might find himself a position in the Department of the Interior if he dropped his prospective primary challenge of Sen. Michael Bennett. Romanoff, like Sestak, refused to be bought off.
The Sestak and Bennett incidents are potentially far worse than that. Republicans need to start asking very pointed, very public questions, right now. They should call for a Special Counsel to lead a Department of Justice investigation along the lines of Patrick Fitzgerald’s look at the Valerie Plame affair. Even if no wrongdoing is uncovered, the atmospherics of this scandal in waiting are bad for the Obama White House. The president would have to explain why relativley low-level staffers in his Administration feel empowered to offer high-ranking positions as plums for doing the Administration’s bidding without consulting their superiors.