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. doug

    "Oh please where was the investigation when Bush lied to the american people to ensure his war with Iraq was a go??? "

    5th post before a lying lib posted the expected nonsense. Only a Democat can believe that something said by two people can be a lie by one and the truth by another. To decent Americans integrity is a major focal point of voting preference, which means there is never valid reasoning to vote Democrat.

    July 19, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  2. Sniffit

    "All of the impeachable offenses Obama has committed, and this is what they come up with?...."

    Really? He's committed a whole bunch? Please, do tell....name them for the class. We'll wait right here.

    July 19, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. Marry

    Always something nasty and untruthful to avoid the real issues! And those they do not touch because, they are stuck in a corner with no solutions – and the GOP does not know how to get out of it! Yes, that is what real service to the country looks like with the GOP. One can only say it again: DISGUSTING!!!

    July 19, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  4. logic in LA

    If you have nothing to run on- whine. the RNC Montra

    July 19, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  5. karen

    Wow. Glad "They, the RNC" is focused on the really important things facing "We, The People."

    July 19, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  6. mb2010a

    Pot calling the kettle black...

    July 19, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. Dan

    Reince, is time for you to put away your childish things and act like an adult.

    Every business in Wisconsin expects you to be an adult and help solve America's problems.

    As Seal Team Six said before their mission to take out Bin Laden...
    "For God and Country"

    Now grow up and help our country.

    July 19, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  8. doug


    (yaaawn) the republicans have been crying "foul" every time democrats try to do something good for this country."

    The only way you are correct is if the entire Republican party was made up on Mimes.

    July 19, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  9. BobInIrvine

    Man, the Repukes are really scared. The more schoolgirl like their bleating, the more they indicate how afraid they are of the well deserved irrelevance that awaits them as a result of such pettiness.

    July 19, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. Centrist

    Priebus: quit wasting everyone's time and tell your party to get to work. You are in grave danger of becoming irrelevant under the weight of your own ridiculousness.

    July 19, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  11. Sandy

    BWAAAAAAAA! Sounds like desperation to me! lol

    July 19, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  12. Bob from Illinois

    Steele, now this Priebus clown.

    Is this really the best the Republicans can come up with? Really?

    July 19, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  13. GI Joe

    The more outrageous the lie, the more the uneducated republican voters buy into it.

    Sad for our once-great country.

    July 19, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  14. TOM

    WHAT??????????????? Is this all these idiots we sent to Washington have to think about? No wonder nothing gets done! A bunch of children telling on each other. You can bet I will be voting Democrat in this next election!

    July 19, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  15. diridi

    if you have mind, brain, just ignore all these GOP idiots, vote for Democratic Ticket...I am doing the same, before telling you all.....o.k, RNC PR BS.....true....

    July 19, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  16. TJeff1776

    "A fowl". Is this anything like a fowl ball ????? Sheeeeesh. The Repubs are about to shut the country down and the globe with it, and this is the ONLY distraction they can think of. LOL, Great day. A fowl in the Whitehouse basement. LOL.

    July 19, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  17. GI Joe


    If you remove the vowels from Reince Priebus' name, it is RNC PR BS.

    GOOD ONE !!! lol

    July 19, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  18. Nelson

    WOW......the Republicans have turned into the Little Rascles !!!!

    July 19, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  19. gwen

    Didn't we all already establish that it was done in the personal section of the White House? How is this news... so anyone can declare anything and even if it's false it makes the news?? Great job CNN.

    July 19, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  20. GrogInOhio

    Sounds like Reince Priebus is almost as goofy as Michael Steele. Stay classy GOP...

    July 19, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  21. teaturd

    Wake me when it's time to vote. Obama 2012.

    July 19, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  22. funkymonkey

    So let me get this straight. While the republicans are allegedly looking everywhere to cut spending so they don't have to raise taxes on the wealthy, Rancid wants to spend taxpayer dollars to investigate this rediculousness. What a joke. He's supposed to be amongst the RNC's best and brightest? It's no wonder the RNC is rapidly becoming irrelevant.

    July 19, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  23. Andrew

    With Murdoch down, someone has to carry the torch.....and pitchfork.

    July 19, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  24. Liz the First

    Haven't all these 'good christian' rethugs ever heard of the Commandment that says 'thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor????' guess those pesky Commandments don't apply when you're campaigning. they are truly the world's biggest hypocrites and the sooner this useless bunch is religated to the dustbin of history, the better for the country.

    July 19, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  25. ricky

    Mr. hope and change selling influence to the highest bidder. What a fresh approach huh? Mr. transparent? NOT! Hey at least he is keeping Gitmo open, launching his own wars, and maintaining Bush doctrine in Asia. Yeah, he is a completely different type of politician.

    July 19, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
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