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. DonC

    This is becoming extremely humorous - downright silly even. He seems to be upset about someone being offered an unpaid advisory position as an incentive to stay in the job he had. Where were these clowns when oil barons were running the White House - closed meetings with Cheney to set policy or when the country was being fed known false information about the Iraqi's trying to obtain nuclear materials as a pretense to go to war!

    May 28, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  2. steve

    Give me a break, why don't the republicans concentrate on constructive issues...so what if they offered joe Sestak a job with no pay...he didn't take it..so lets move on,..... or do we open an investigation into cheney and hisa closed door meetings with the oil companies...The Obama administration could go after numerous Bush confederates and prosecute....but decided there are more important things to do....so if Mr Steele wants to continue with this imbecilic way of trying to get to the administration...beware,,,,,,those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.

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

    OK token, what law was broken?

    May 28, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  4. DAvid

    Does the GOP have any remarks or suggestions on jobs, the economy, or the gulf crisis? If not, please sit down and shut up.

    May 28, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  5. ben

    Blah blah blah,
    Go home Mr. Steele!

    May 28, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  6. 8 years of the Bush Error = How many years of recession and unemployment?

    Remember a clown called King George the II, Steele?

    He is the one that set the bar in which any and all conversations remotely dealing with any job nomination is protected by "executive privilege".

    Remember?

    You were not complaining or whining about anything then and this was a NON-PAYING job..

    More of the "do as I say" not "as I do" hypocrisy from the republiKKKLans.

    May 28, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  7. Linda

    As a sixty-four year old African American female, I keep thinking that Steele will wake up and smell the roses or just go away. What's the big deal if Joe Sestak was asked to not run for the senate. He is the attack dog for this racist republican party. How does he sleep at night? I may not agree with everyting that my race does or say, but I do not go around my white friends and discuss it. As he yet to realize that if President Obama was not elected, he would not have this job. I'm sure when they are in a closed door room, they are just laughing at him and what a fool and uncle tom he is. My advice to Michael Steele is: Get some backbone and get as far away from the republican party as you can. They are not going to stand behind you for any reason.

    May 28, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  8. John

    Here the Republicans go again. This is another way they seem to think it's still 1994.

    May 28, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  9. susie

    Bill Clinton lied before and would lie again for Obama.

    May 28, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  10. Sgt. USMC

    What else are the rethuglicans good for?

    May 28, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  11. th

    Steele, where we you and your cronies when Bush and Cheney did all their crap?

    May 28, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  12. Mike

    Better get to it quick, after all nobamby is heading for another vacation. Now if he would just stay out of sight so we do not have to look at him all the time, maybe him being on vacation all the time is good for the US.

    May 28, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  13. Chas

    To Michael Steele: Find a real job! Then take your Congressional Republican do-nothings with you.

    May 28, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  14. jj

    This guy can not even manage RNC, leave alone United states of America!

    May 28, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  15. Glennis

    So Sestak now feels free to speak and echoes the WH's line that they offered him an unpaid seat of some inconsequential presidential board WHILE he continued to serve in the house. Huh. Somehow that explanation doesn't dispel the suggestion of wrong doing for me. It is so incredibly lame that it makes them look even guiltier, and now I can no longer trust Sestak, either. I realize he doesn't want to get on the White House hit list, but he needs to man up.

    May 28, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  16. Mike

    Republicans want to cut the deficit by wasting time and taxpayers money investigating just about anything. Why dont they open an investigation to find out what it is government really does? Or, an investigation into where Steele spends campaign donations? Or, even better, lets open an investigation to find out how many laws the Bush administration broke?

    May 28, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  17. larry

    How can anyone ever listen to a white man who thinks he's black just because of the color of his skin. If he was any more white he'd be eligible to be a grand wazoo of the KKK.

    May 28, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  18. A Kickin' Donkey

    Once Dick Durbin weighed in and suggested Admiral Sestak speak up, I knew there was nothing that could damage the Administration.

    After all, he is the 'other' senator from Illinois. He would have never set the Administration up to look bad.

    May 28, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  19. Darrell

    I voted for Pres. Obama...I still support his administration...to believe that this is illegal, then I have a piece of land to sell you in AZ...Politics as ususal, for sure...illegal, no. So for the Obama haters...get a grip...see in 2012. By the way, I just sent a donation to Organizing For America.

    May 28, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  20. Annie, Atlanta

    Oh I'm finally starting to get it. This kind of political maneuvering is only ok if you're a Republican (like stacking the justice department and the mineral management agency; things like that). It just takes me a while to catch on.

    May 28, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  21. pc

    OMG....this is such a none issue. the republicans are always on a witch hunt for anything to nab our president on. why don't they clean up their own houses from all the adultery ,slime games that they ALL seem to lavish in before they look for something that is not there with president obama.it is a shame that all this negative energy coming from the repubs could not be used to help our president fix the problems left behind from the bush era.i have not seen a one turn a hand to help in anything including the oil spill that they all seem to forget about, saying this is obama's katrina...what a sac of you know what from the nasty gopers! none of them deserve to be in office.

    May 28, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  22. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Mr. Steele, Mikey, you have more important things to worry about. Such as your spending habits. I thought you guys were the fiscal responsible ones. What happened?

    In regards to Mr. Sestak, he stated the that someone at the White House offered him a position. Bill Clinton is not in the Obama Administration. Keep trying to make a story out of this, your just going to make bigger fools out of yourselves.

    May 28, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Steele keeps heat on White House, Sestak
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    First of all Erkel, you gotta have PULL to apply pressure on someone. You don't have ANY pull. You could'nt generate heat if you were a nuclear reactor, so give it up. All you're doing is trying to make yourself relevant to ANYTHING in order to keep the focus off of your MANY gaffes, and "what the hell has he done nows".Try as you might to latch on to someone else's supposed missteps, do not for one second think that this will endear you to the cannibals you report to.

    So go ahead and strut your imaginary stuff vis-a-vis Sestak, and the tremendous impact that your input has on the White House (choke!).
    It still doesn't change the fact that your premature departure from the Party of I Want My Country White, er, Back is imminent.

    Rock on "brother".

    May 28, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  24. RN

    Is there a crime in here somewhere?
    There were all sorts of crimes committed by the Bush administration – illegal wiretaps, torture, corruption and refusal to regulate industry.... Yet, the republicans fought any attempt to investigate those crimes – many times telling people they were unAmerican to want an investigation. Stop this sleaze.
    The republicans are using this as an excuse to not do anything.

    May 28, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  25. Jeff in TX

    Non-issue. Steele has nothing better to do.

    May 28, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
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