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. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Does it matter? If you can find a presidential administration that didn't skirt that line, I'll buy you a steak dinner. There are questionable acts done by every administration. Bill Clinton isn't even a part of this administration. Where is his direct connection? The closest you get is his wife who is the Sec. of State.

    May 28, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    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. We here at the RNC don't really care if this is a non story with absolutely no way to PROVE any wrongdoing, what WE want (and after all, isn't that all that matters) is to paint this administration in a bad way, no matter what the EVIDENCE might prove. We don't care about the truth, we NEED to make this administration (and Democrats EVERYWHERE) look as bad as possible, and never, EVER, EVER give them a moment to breathe, because, if we do, then the citizens might stop and look at US,and God knows that if they look at US, they will see the true nature of evil."

    May 28, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. ncparalegal

    Mike I will give you a dollar just to go away

    May 28, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  4. Lisa - VA

    The Republicans are trying to make a mountain out of an ant hole. All of the crooked things the Republicans has done and is doing..Michael Steel needs to shut his mouth and crawl back in his hole and take the rest of the Republican party with him.

    May 28, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  5. CathyInAZ

    Mr. Steele, you are a fine one to talk – SHUT UP. The previous administration was so devious, underhanded and well as authorizing illegal activities that you are absolutely no room to talk. Perhaps when Dick Cheney and his cronies are behind bars, THEN YOU CAN SAY SOMETHING but until then I repeat – SHUT UP!

    May 28, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  6. Willy Brown

    Come on Michael, Barry wouldn't lie.....

    May 28, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  7. IKHAN

    Well this is expected of Repubs & Mr.Steele the upholders of all that is virtuous in politics. The upholders of integrity,honesty loyalty to the American people. In short what stands for 'Good" – GOP.
    Doesn't the legacy of the previous Repub administration stand for all that & some more ??

    May 28, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  8. Mark

    Steele is such a waste of time. And air.

    May 28, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. Robert

    Michael Steele is talking about ethics. This has to be the case of the POT calling the kettle black. You shameless Republicans just don't get it.

    You act so IMMATURE, you are a disgrace to this country.

    May 28, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. Duck Fallas

    What about the Easter Bunny? What did he know and when? Was Saddam Hussein involved?

    The RNC should devote all their resources to this. Clearly, nothing happened. Get to the bottom of it.

    May 28, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. Legalchic

    Of course, this tactic was okay when the Reagan administration tried it... it's always okay when the Republicans do something, but then they cry foul when the Dems act in kind... hypocricy at its finest.

    (See Sen. S.I. Hayakawa – was asked to drop out of the California primary race and, in return, the Reagan administration would find him a job. He declined the offer)

    May 28, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  12. Shucks

    Mr. Steele, I think you should be worrying much more over Rand Paul's ideas on changing the constitution and eliminating your rights as an African American. If the republicans had their way, you would be using the "Black Only" waterfountain in your office building.

    May 28, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  13. Riley

    The White House is clearly HIDING something.

    May 28, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  14. marvin

    how disgusting are the Republicans that they are trying to make a big deal about this NOTHING story after all of the crap they put this country though? It's just unbelievable. WHO CARES?!

    May 28, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    It doesn't raise ANY questions. No court has ever interpreted "horsetrading" as bribery under the applicable statute and no POTUS or other public official has ever been prosecuted for bribery for it, despite it being standard operating procedure going back to Washington. This is smoke and mirrors from the GOP...weapons of mass distraction...and just shows how freekin desperate they're becoming now that it's starting to look like their daydreams of "taking back" the country they seem to think belongs solely to them are quickly slipping away.

    May 28, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  16. Robert

    Oh wouldn't the Republicans LOVE to have an independent investigation.

    Hooey. This is a bunch of nonsense. The president can offer a job in his administration to whoever he wants.

    After the cronyism of the Bush years (remember 'heck of a job Brownie' who had no experience in that job but was a personal friend of Bush?) the Repubs need to stop causing trouble.

    May 28, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  17. chris b

    Steele – Party and Politics first...

    May 28, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  18. John J, IN

    This is only news to Conservatives looking to bash Obama for anything. Republicans buy off people the same as Democrats do. Reagan was infamous for doing it, so was Papa Bush.

    It's not illegal, it's not "shady", and it is not even interesting news. It is business as it has always been.

    This is why Steele is a complete clown, and needs to go. I can't go back to voting for a party with this dingbat at the helm.

    May 28, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  19. Larry

    Give it a rest Steele. No laws were broken.

    May 28, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  20. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    This like most of the things that the GOP screams about is a non issue. A job offer was made, period. The GOP is grasping at any straw that they can but the American people see through their silly political games and tactics. However, this fact eludes the GOP. The American people are fed up with congress because nothing can get done and we see why and who is the problem. The GOP will have a rude awakening in November when they loose seats instead of gaining seats like they have been hyping. That's what happens when you start to believe your own hype instead of seeing reality.

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    May 28, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  21. K Parks of Denver, CO

    While Mr. Steele looks into something he clearly says was not illegal for the WH to do, illegal immigrates cross illegally into the US, US school children go without lunch, Veterans still don't have health care. Yet Mr. Steele does not seemed concerned with REAL issue, just political ones.

    May 28, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  22. Dan, TX

    LOL. The republicans have nothing to gain with this. Obama is really doing a number on them. Republicans are such dopes.

    May 28, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  23. no more incumbents

    You mean a politician lied? That's infuriating! Oh wait, it's just redundant.

    May 28, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  24. lost in Texas FOREVER

    as usual Mike Steele is good at grand-standing and finger pointing UNLESS of course it comes from his own party.

    May 28, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  25. Marie MD

    The pot calling the kettle black. Just watching Sestak. Doesn't sound like such a big deal. If it is true that something was mentioned to him this happens in all industries all the time.
    Wish they had done it with the person who know leads our department and he had taken them up on it.

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