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White House Asked Bill Clinton to Urge Sestak to Drop Out of Senate Race

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The White House asked former President Bill Clinton to talk to Rep. Joe Sestak about the possibility of obtaining a senior position in the Obama administration if he would drop out of the Democratic primary race against establishment-backed Sen. Arlen Specter, the Obama administration said in a report released Friday morning.

But the report, by White House Counsel Robert Bauer, concluded that "allegations of improper conduct rest on factual errors and lack a basis in the law."

Batting down allegations that the White House dangled the secretary of Navy position in front of Sestak, the report said that Sestak was offered executive branch positions on advisory boards that were uncompensated.
FOXNews.com - White House Asked Bill Clinton to Urge Sestak to Drop Out of Senate Race

Sot he White House admits, they got Clinton to ask for them.

Let the spinning begin!
 

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Joe Sestak released the following statement today:
"Last summer, I received a phone call from President Clinton. During the course of the conversation, he expressed concern over my prospects if I were to enter the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate and the value of having me stay in the House of Representatives because of my military background. He said that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel had spoken with him about my being on a Presidential Board while remaining in the House of Representatives. I said no. I told President Clinton that my only consideration in getting into the Senate race or not was whether it was the right thing to do for Pennsylvania working families and not any offer. The former President said he knew I'd say that, and the conversation moved on to other subjects.
where is the requisite political act - the consideration - to make the offer of a federal position something found illegal?
 

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FOXNews.com - White House Asked Bill Clinton to Urge Sestak to Drop Out of Senate Race

Sot he White House admits, they got Clinton to ask for them.

Let the spinning begin!

This is going to be really hard to spin...

Whoever, directly or indirectly, promises any employment, position, compensation, contract, appointment, or other benefit, provided for or made possible in whole or in part by any Act of Congress, or any special consideration in obtaining any such benefit, to any person as consideration, favor, or reward for any political activity or for the support of or opposition to any candidate or any political party in connection with any general or special election to any political office, or in connection with any primary election or political convention or caucus held to select candidates for any political office, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

http://law.onecle.com/uscode/18/600.html

Not sure if this is an impeachable offence, but there is a lot of talk in that direction.
 
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It was an informal "hey is this something you're interested in?" according to Clinton.

He responded with "No."

There wasn't an offer by anyone in the administration so I don't see how it could be called illegal.
 

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Yeah, the WH got Bill to do it.

OF course, there is nothing improper, that's why Sestak took so long to say it was Clinton! Because really, it wasn't a big deal... a year of building questions...

You believe this pile of well spun **** you'll believe anything.
 

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Yeah, the WH got Bill to do it.

OF course, there is nothing improper, that's why Sestak took so long to say it was Clinton! Because really, it wasn't a big deal... a year of building questions...

You believe this pile of well spun **** you'll believe anything.

Why do you think he was so hesitant to say it was Clinton?

edit: And on what basis do you assume the White House to be lying, other than your partisan preconceptions I mean.
 
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Why do you think he was so hesitant to say it was Clinton?

edit: And on what basis do you assume the White House to be lying, other than your partisan preconceptions I mean.

Why would he call Bill Clinton "Someone in the White House"?

Sestak is smarter then that.

They realized this could be bad, created a story that covered everyone's ass, and ran with it.

What brought down Nixon? It wasn't the crime, ti was the cover up.
 

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That is exactly right, and any reasonable person should be able to see right through this....Earlier someone asked on what basis do we assume the WH to be lying, that one is easy, They said something didn't they?


j-mac
 

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Why would he call Bill Clinton "Someone in the White House"?

Sestak is smarter then that.

They realized this could be bad, created a story that covered everyone's ass, and ran with it.

What brought down Nixon? It wasn't the crime, ti was the cover up.

Are you denying it was Clinton he spoke to? Because he has confirmed that. I'll be more specific:

On what evidence do you assume the White House is lying?
 

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Are you denying it was Clinton he spoke to? Because he has confirmed that. I'll be more specific:

On what evidence do you assume the White House is lying?


Um...Because they lie constantly.


j-mac
 

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"Forced to disclose backstage political bargaining, President Barack Obama's embarrassed White House acknowledged on Friday that it enlisted Bill Clinton to try to ease Rep. Joe Sestak out of Pennsylvania's Senate primary with a job offer."

WH had Clinton try to ease Sestak out of Pa. race - Yahoo! News

The White House was indeed involved.
But THEY didn't ask, so it's no big deal see.. move along thee is nothing here.

Imagine if this was Bush in office.

Think of previous witch hunts:

Plame
the AG firings...
 

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Are you denying it was Clinton he spoke to? Because he has confirmed that. I'll be more specific:

On what evidence do you assume the White House is lying?

Actually, they aren't "lying".... they are spinning. They have admitted the truth, but they say no laws were broken.

In the statement, White House counsel Robert Bauer admits that the White House was trying to clear the political field for Specter. But Bauer says Sestak was never offered the job of Secretary of the Navy; instead, Sestak was offered only an unpaid position on a presidential advisory board. In return for the unpaid advisory position, Sestak would stay in the House of Representatives and not challenge Specter.

The White House says chief of staff Rahm Emanuel did not make the offer to Sestak, as was widely assumed. Instead, Emanuel asked former President Bill Clinton to talk to Sestak. Clinton did, and Sestak declined the offer. (As it happens, Clinton visited the White House on Thursday, just as counsel’s office lawyers were preparing the Sestak statement for release.)

GOP: White House Sestak story not believable | Washington Examiner

Click this link for the White House statement.....http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/Sestak Memorandum.pdf

Scroll down to paragraph 4, line one...... they admit that what Sestak has been saying is accurate.

Now here is the law that aplies...

Sec. 600. Promise of employment or other benefit for political
activity


Whoever, directly or indirectly, promises any employment, position, compensation, contract, appointment, or other benefit, provided for or made possible in whole or in part by any Act of Congress, or any special consideration in obtaining any such benefit, to any person as consideration, favor, or reward for any political activity or for the support of or opposition to any candidate or any political party in connection with any general or special election to any political office, or in connection with any primary election or political convention or caucus held to select candidates for any political office, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

http://law.onecle.com/uscode/18/600.html

There was a direct Quid Pro Quo involved here by the White House, by their own admission. It's a felony. If you think Rahm did it behind Barry's back I have a bridge to sell you.
 
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It was an informal "hey is this something you're interested in?" according to Clinton.
He responded with "No."
There wasn't an offer by anyone in the administration so I don't see how it could be called illegal.

The important line:

He said that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel had spoken with him about my being on a Presidential Board while remaining in the House of Representatives.

The offer was from Emanuel. Clinton was just the message boy.
 

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Asking someone if they are interested in a position is not the same as offering a job in exchange for something.
 

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Asking someone if they are interested in a position is not the same as offering a job in exchange for something.
-That's- just spin.
 

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Actually, they aren't "lying".... they are spinning. They have admitted the truth, but they say no laws were broken.



GOP: White House Sestak story not believable | Washington Examiner

Click this link for the White House statement.....http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/Sestak Memorandum.pdf

Scroll down to paragraph 4, line one...... they admit that what Sestak has been saying is accurate.

Now here is the law that aplies...



Crimes and Criminal Procedure - 18 USC Section 600 - US Code

There was a direct Quid Pro Quo involved here by the White House, by their own admission. It's a felony. If you think Rahm did it behind Barry's back I have a bridge to sell you.

check this out, Federal Prosecution of Election Offenses
page 134:
As with Section 606, the Criminal Division believes that Sections 600 and 601 were not intended to reach the consideration of political factors in the hiring or termination of the small category of senior public employees who perform policymaking or confidential duties for elected officials of federal, state, or local governments. With respect to such employees, a degree of political loyalty may be considered a necessary aspect of competent performance.
the public integrity folks at DOJ have concluded that this situation does not meet the guidelines for a case worthy of prosecution
 

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Bush Offers Job Protection to Doctors Against Abortions - Politics | Republican Party | Democratic Party | Political Spectrum - FOXNews.com

Bush offed job protection to doctor who were against abortion

Judge Grudge


I guess people forget get what bush did in office


Hugh's List of Bush Scandals | NetRootsMass


A 9th US Attorney Todd Graves (Western District of Missouri) was asked to resign before the others on January 24, 2006. This resignation took place under pressure from Senator Kit Bond (R-MO) as payback for frictions his office was having with Sam Graves, a Republican Representative also from Missouri and Todd Graves’ brother.


Reagan administration scandals - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Why is bush above the law?


Why do you forget about this, and what Bush did during his admiration

Bush did the same thing however with out Congress approval.

CNN.com - Bush uses recess appointment to put nominee on court - Feb. 20, 2004
 

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check this out, Federal Prosecution of Election Offenses
page 134:
the public integrity folks at DOJ have concluded that this situation does not meet the guidelines for a case worthy of prosecution

The DOJ didn't believe armed men in front of a polling place was voter intimidation either. This is going to get so bad as far as the public is concerned, Holder will have to appoint a special prosecutor or Congress will after the November elections. This is blatantly illegal activity and everyone knows Holder is Barry's bitch.
 

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If this is "no big deal" why on earth did it take the WH days and days under pressure to concoct a response?
 

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The DOJ didn't believe armed men in front of a polling place was voter intimidation either. This is going to get so bad as far as the public is concerned, Holder will have to appoint a special prosecutor or Congress will after the November elections. This is blatantly illegal activity and everyone knows Holder is Barry's bitch.
that DOJ document, which shows there is no basis to move toward prosecution in this matter, was crafted druing the dicknbush regime
it was not holder's people who came to that conclusion
 

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Was there a point to this post?..... or was it you just couldn't resist bringing up Bush?

HELLO!!!!!.... Bush is retired and we are talking about illegal acts in the present White House.
 

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Probably belongs in the CONspiracy forum.
 
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