May 28th, 2010
03:03 PM ET
5 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. Mesa Mick

    FIRE!
    RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!
    WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST!
    DEMS ARE LIARS AND CROOKS!
    OBAMA IS NOT AN AMERICAN! OOPS, I mean OBAMA"S UN-AMERICAN!
    WE'RE SPENDING OUR CHILDRENS FUTURE!
    FEAR – PANIC – BLAH, BLAH, BLAH...

    That Steele and the other rethuglicant pot bangers are such drama queens...

    May 28, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  2. Ex-Republican since McCain picked Palin

    Such hate!!!! Get over it, it was explained by everyone involved, investigated and settled. GOP, what goes around comes around, better watch all your nasty tactics. Anything to discredit Obama. If the man found a cure for cancer today, you would be complaining he did not do it a year ago.

    May 28, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  3. awaitingmoderationby CNN

    Agree with Steele, one chronic lying president, blaming everything on another chronic lying democratic president. Jeeze, there is some real creidbility. But the dope smoking libertard faithful will probably believe and defend it. The drugs have addled their minds.

    May 28, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. Mr Independent

    Steele is a joke and the republican party is utterly useless

    May 28, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  5. Harriett in Chapel Hill

    Please, please, PLEASE stop reporting on this completely trivial non-issue. I am so tired of reading Republican BS about Obama and the Dems. get a clue and start ignoring them, and you will soon see your programs have a lot more viewers. Americans deserve to be spoken to without lies and hypocrisy.

    May 28, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  6. Harriett in Chapel Hill

    Why did we not hear a peep from Republicans when Valerie Plame was outed (and we all know who did it)? All we heard was how poor Scooter Libby fell on his sword for Cheney and Rove.

    May 28, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  7. aunt Bea and Opie

    We wonder if poor Mike knows why he got his job and why he will soon be looking for another,hahaha

    May 28, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  8. Lando

    Obviously fishing......

    May 28, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    Rove (as in Cheney/Bus) did the same thing, offering T Pawlenty something to drop out of running against Coleman.

    The repukes just wan to pile more and more onto an already busy president (trying to keep the country above water and clean up after 8 years of the repukes at the same time.

    Vote out the obstructionists !!!!

    May 28, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  10. Dave

    Gee Steele, aren't we reaching. After all, it was an unpaid position. To a lot of people (actually everyone except hard core, right wing conservatives who are not interested in improving the country) this is all smoke and no fire. Actually, I don't think there is that much smoke.

    I imagine that this was a politically stupid move by someone in the Obama presidency. Sestak should just say who and have it over with. I am sure Clinton told him who thought this hair brained scheme up. There was nothing illegal about this and any republican knows this.

    Let's get on to other more important business and stop wasting time.

    May 28, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  11. Fed Up!

    Yeah, as if Michael Steele is still relevant and people still pay attention to what he says.

    Oh, well, it IS a slow news day.

    May 28, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  12. Naqib

    Just a little little bribe... come on fella's

    May 28, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  13. lolo

    Please uncle tom sit down. You are an embarassment to the black race. Keep on sniffing the GOP.

    May 28, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  14. Michael from Ventura

    Hey Steel- why don't you concentrate on your party's lunatics? You have a handful so work on THAT.

    May 28, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  15. Karo77

    Steele is right–the more Obama and co. stonewalled, the guiltier we knew they were.....They think Americans are too dumb to figure out their gutter politics.....

    May 28, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  16. gate

    I love how the GOP tries to manufacture controversy when there is none. Since when is it illegal to offer someone a job?

    May 28, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  17. Tony

    Question asked and answered!
    Move on and try to get your repubs to start talking about the welfare of the common people, not the rich.

    May 28, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  18. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Steele you need to take care of the Republican business, like rasing money and stopping the usage of money at strip clubs.

    May 28, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  19. kmacva

    We've had enough investigations over political games. Get on with the hard work of fixing the country's problems, not more political nonsense. Parties recruit candidates and work to get them elected, then turn around and give jobs to their supporters. This is just a simple variation on that theme. Unless you've got some real solutions to real people's problems, get back to the drawing board Mr Steele.

    May 28, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  20. DAvid

    If the GOP put as much effort into the gulf crisis as do trying make something out of nothing, the crisis would be over. But wait, the GOP sleeps with the big oil companies, so why would they care about the lively hoods being lost down south or the environment, which does not put money into there coffers.

    May 28, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  21. Barbara Independent in NY

    Michael, remember that old saying, "people that live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones". Clean up your own house. I'm sick of hearing about all those Republican Senators and Congressmen that are having affairs, soliciting prostitutes or trying to pick up undercover cops in bathrooms. Clean up your own house.

    May 28, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  22. Inverted Priorities in the GOP

    Mr Steele:
    -We have a major oil spill in the Gulf
    -North Korea may be invading South Korea
    -The Euro Zone is about broke affecting our stock market
    -Jamaica, Thailand both have riots in the streets.

    Yet THIS Sestak 'tempest in a teapot' is ALL you can comment on these days? Basically there was a phone conversation, the guy said not interested, and the conversation moved on.

    Does the GOP have nothing better to do than snipe at every bill, every plan, every appointment, every law change, every election.....basically everything??

    The GOP would gain MUCH more respect with us average citizens if it would actually DO SOMETHING other than whine and gripe!
    How about the GOP offering some needed ideas about helping cleanup the gulf and holding BP accountable??

    Oh I forgot you guys are on BPs side. Rand Paul thinks the Dems are too hard on BP. Mr. Steele: do you agree? Anything?

    May 28, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  23. Susan

    Go To Hell Steele, stop trying to stir the pot, nothing was done illegal, you guys even tried to get one of your GOP members to drop out of her campaign........do something for this country for a change and solve serious problems instead of trying to create more

    May 28, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  24. DAvid

    The white house was not capable of winning two wars during the bush administration and approved one war that should had never happened and that was GOP driven.

    May 28, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  25. DAvid

    GOP = Fear

    May 28, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
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