RNC maps out White House foul
July 18th, 2011
10:57 PM ET
7 years ago

RNC maps out White House foul

Washington (CNN)-It's never too early to play hardball presidential politics. Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus penned a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder asking for an investigation of an "apparent crime" committed by President Barack Obama Monday.

According to Priebus, the crime was committed by the president, in the Map Room, with a video.

Priebus accused the president of recording a fundraising appeal in the Map Room of the White House. He said it is "not part of the White House residence, but rather 'occupied in the discharge of official duties,'" and called for the Department of Justice to investigate.

The Map Room is located on the ground floor of the White House.

"According to multiple individuals with knowledge of the White House's rooms and layout, the video appears to have been recorded in the Map Room...the White House Counsel has indicated that the video was filmed somewhere in the residential portion of the White House," Priebus said.

It is illegal to solicit contributions for a political purpose from any area of the White House "occupied in the discharge of official duties," or, used for purposes of official White House business.

But the Map Room is considered to be part of the White House residence, and has been for decades. The residence is not subject to restrictions placed on rooms used for official business.

White House spokesman Eric Schultz told CNN, "As we've said in the past, this was wholly appropriate and routinely done in past administrations."

"Many lawyers and experts have all said publicly that what this administration is doing is completely above board," Schultz fired back.

Despite the RNC's claims, both Republican and Democratic administrations have considered the Map Room as part of the White House residence.

Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • Reince Priebus • RNC • White House
soundoff (540 Responses)
  1. cindy

    Holding Americans hostage while you play lets make a deal isn't illegal?

    July 18, 2011 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  2. Rick

    Grasping at straws....

    July 18, 2011 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  3. Kman821

    The real crime was committed when Reince Priebus' parents named him ... what a childish twit he grew to be.

    July 18, 2011 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  4. To tell the truth

    waste of breath.. petty nonsense on part of preibuss

    July 18, 2011 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  5. kmp

    Oh please where was the investigation when Bush lied to the american people to ensure his war with Iraq was a go??? Please, this is more of the Smoke and Mirrors from the GOP if this is the best you have got you have no chance in hell in 2012

    July 18, 2011 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  6. Itsmeman

    Is this something like Colonel Mustard in the Conversatory with the candlestick? Seriously? This is what Washington insiders do?

    July 18, 2011 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  7. Itsmeman

    By the way, these are they real leeches on our society and hard-working tax dollars!

    July 18, 2011 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  8. Jim

    From the people who brought you the tax pinky promise

    July 18, 2011 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  9. Aaron

    How low can the lying, hypocritical Priebus go? He's not even an elected official as far as I know.

    July 18, 2011 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  10. Debbie

    Geez what a waste of time.

    July 18, 2011 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  11. bootstomper

    This gut looks like joseph Goebbels.

    July 19, 2011 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  12. rene

    The GOP is becoming more irrelevant every day. What a bunch of losers!

    July 19, 2011 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  13. Itsmeman

    What kind of name is Reince Priebus anyway?

    July 19, 2011 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  14. beto69

    This is the best the Republicans can do! Snivel and cry foul instead of stepping up to the plate and placing America first by trying to creat jobs and working with our elected president. The idiots!!

    July 19, 2011 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  15. Positive

    Really, Republicans, Really? You can't think of anything better to do than make up nonsense charges against the President?

    "But the Map Room is considered to be part of the White House residence, and has been for decades. The residence is not subject to restrictions placed on rooms used for official business. "

    This comes off as incredibly childish and unprofessional.

    July 19, 2011 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  16. Tanja

    Republican's waisting America's time and money AGAIN!!!

    July 19, 2011 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  17. MrManhattan

    Wow, that's at least as bad as lying about WMD's!

    July 19, 2011 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  18. Mike

    Once again the GOP is one of the most innovative political parties in history, finding new ways to waste time, avoid substance, and make it difficult for other parties to actually govern.

    July 19, 2011 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  19. Joey

    It seems that the only Republican that is not worshiping at the foot of grover norquist is coburn. good for him.

    July 19, 2011 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  20. keeth

    Red whine. It's not even on Fox News d cm.

    July 19, 2011 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  21. Wanderer

    Mr. Reince Prieb, you have shown the American people how desperate the GOP is.

    July 19, 2011 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  22. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    uh try another distraction Priebus, I don't think you'll get very far with this one.

    July 19, 2011 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  23. Davis Todd

    At least the RNC is trying to map out something.

    July 19, 2011 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  24. Scott

    So typical of the Repuklicans, find anything to draw attention away from their USA destroying effort, even if it is a lie. Republican supporters, it is time for you to revolt against your party and kick the current lot of know nothing traitors out of office.

    July 19, 2011 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  25. Ken

    This is how they're going to reign in government spending? By spending tns of thousands of dollars on paying investigators to figure out which room an ad was filmed in? No wonder they couldn't balance the books when they were in charge.

    July 19, 2011 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
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