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.
Holding Americans hostage while you play lets make a deal isn't illegal?
Grasping at straws....
The real crime was committed when Reince Priebus' parents named him ... what a childish twit he grew to be.
waste of breath.. petty nonsense on part of preibuss
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
Is this something like Colonel Mustard in the Conversatory with the candlestick? Seriously? This is what Washington insiders do?
By the way, these are they real leeches on our society and hard-working tax dollars!
From the people who brought you the tax pinky promise
How low can the lying, hypocritical Priebus go? He's not even an elected official as far as I know.
Geez what a waste of time.
This gut looks like joseph Goebbels.
The GOP is becoming more irrelevant every day. What a bunch of losers!
What kind of name is Reince Priebus anyway?
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!!
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.
Republican's waisting America's time and money AGAIN!!!
Wow, that's at least as bad as lying about WMD's!
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.
It seems that the only Republican that is not worshiping at the foot of grover norquist is coburn. good for him.
Red whine. It's not even on Fox News d cm.
Mr. Reince Prieb, you have shown the American people how desperate the GOP is.
uh try another distraction Priebus, I don't think you'll get very far with this one.
At least the RNC is trying to map out something.
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.
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.