Rep. Issa: White House Offering Sestak a Job Not to Run Against Specter Could Be An "Impeachable Offense"

Joe Schoffstall | May 25, 2010
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Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), a ranking member on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said the supposed White House bribery deal involving Pennsylvania Senate hopeful Rep. Joe Sestak (D) could be considered an ‘impeachable offense’, and that Eric Holder has an obligation to do his job as Attorney General and investigate the matter. “It’s not about what was done wrong, it’s about the cover-up, and right now there’s a cover-up going on in the White House 10 weeks after the allegation”, Issa said of the scandal during an interview on Fox News. The allegations revolve around claims made by Joe Sestak that he was offered a White House post to not run against Sen. Arlen Specter (D) in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary. Sestak refused and entered the race; recently defeating Specter.

Now that the primary has concluded and Rep. Sestak won the primary, the charges have resurfaced. However, Issa and fellow Republicans are not the only ones pushing for an investigation into the claims. Rep. Anthony Weiner (N.Y.) has made it clear that the White House has an obligation to answer the allegations. As for the lack of answers from the White House? Reporters have consistently asked White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs about the situation. Gibbs, as well as the White House, has yet to give a straight forward answer. Gibbs has repeatedly responded that he will “look into it” and that “nothing inappropriate happened.” Issa has been looking into the claims for months, and lambasted the administration during the Fox interview for not having the transparency coming out of the White House that they promised during Obama’s presidential campaign. He recently questioned Eric Holder, who would not directly answer any of the Congressman’s questions. Holder said there will be no special counsel to probe the Sestak job offer. Issa doesn’t believe this will happen at least until November and that the administration will continue to avoid the questions. If an investigation were to miraculously occur, Sestak said he would be cooperative into the matters.

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