May 28th, 2010
03:03 PM ET
4 years ago

Steele keeps heat on White House, Sestak

Republicans are making clear they plan to keep the heat on Rep. Joe Sestak and the White House.
Republicans are making clear they plan to keep the heat on Rep. Joe Sestak and the White House.

(CNN) - Republicans are making clear they plan to keep the heat on Rep. Joe Sestak and the White House, following confirmation former President Bill Clinton was asked to offer the Pennsylvania Senate candidate an unpaid position in the Obama administration if he dropped his bid against Sen. Arlen Specter.

In a statement released Friday, RNC Chairman Michael Steele said the White House Counsel's report on the matter - in which it concludes no laws were broken - only "raises more questions."

"In the three months since Joe Sestak first made his allegation the White House has denied, stonewalled and is now trying to downplay the claims with an unsubstantiated memo," said Steele. "This memo frankly raises more questions: What was Bill Clinton authorized to offer? Did President Obama sign off on this conversation before it took place? Now more than ever it is clear that this White House is not capable of policing itself and needs to open itself to an independent investigation."

Full statement after the jump

“In the three months since Joe Sestak first made his allegation the White House has denied, stonewalled and is now trying to downplay the claims with an unsubstantiated memo. This memo frankly raises more questions: What was Bill Clinton authorized to offer? Did President Obama sign off on this conversation before it took place? Now more than ever it is clear that this White House is not capable of policing itself and needs to open itself to an independent investigation. But perhaps most disturbing is that this is an administration that claims to be the most transparent, accountable and ethical White House in history. The only thing we know for certain now is that they have failed on all three counts.”

Filed under: Joe Sestak • Michael Steele
soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. Enough

    Sestak has lost my respect, obviously he is not being honest and is playing politics as usual......his honest response was back in February, not today..............Politics as usual and he is not willing to go against them....another typical Democrat.

    May 28, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. gary

    Clinton suggests the could serve on as a non-paid board member and this is some sort of crime! Get real. This is pure politics. Steele needs to explain how his office paid for folks to go to an S&M Lesbian bar to do business.

    May 28, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. Ramon

    Mr Steete why don't you check on some of your republicans menber in the senate.

    May 28, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    Wrong President, Steele. But, good luck trying the impeach Clinton . . . again! And to think GOPer Gingrich wants to be our next president .

    Talk about 20th century politics!

    May 28, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. Video Guy

    If your concerned about the law Mr Steel, lets take about a former Mr Chaney and his behind closed door meetings with leaders of the oil companies. Was BP one of the Company? Was Mr Chaney part of the company that built the oil rig that is leaking?

    May 28, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. domincanmamaforuhbama

    uhbama should be impeached and immediately brought up on war crimes.

    May 28, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. Nunya

    Who cares? There is nothing wrong with offering someone a position if they choose not to run for an office. I'm not a Democrat, I disagree with the current administration on a number of issues, so I'm not an Obama apologist. Focus on issue of substance instead of trying to make petty political points out of nonsense.

    May 28, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain

    And I think the American public should keep the heat on the GOP until they come clean with all the emails and phone calls outlining how Rush Limbaugh threatened Michael Steele (and every other Republican) with expulsion from the party for saying something Rush didn't agree with.

    May 28, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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