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. 2 Old 2B Afraid

    Good Gravy. My tax dollars are paying this guys salary?

    July 19, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  2. Jared

    Reince Preibus is out of touch with reality, as are local, state, and national Republicans. It is a shame.

    July 19, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  3. Martoon

    Yes, of course. Don't we all have a Map Room in our homes? You silly feudal servants! You cannot question the acts of the Tsar without being sent to the gulag. And you cannot expect the law to apply equally to all when the President, the Senate, and the House of Representatives have voted themselves "better than equal".

    July 19, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. Don

    Wow...just when you thought the GOP could not become more desperate and pathetic...

    July 19, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. Future expat

    Clinton and Bush did the exact same thing.

    July 19, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. askir

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

    Sounds like a game of clue to me. The republicans need to figure out what they are actually doing instead of just messing around with Obama. Their party's platform is anti-Obama and that's a shame, cause I would be interested to hear what they had to say if everyone of their statements wasn't revolving around Obama.

    July 19, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. Jon

    They should have left the headline as 'RNC Cries'.

    July 19, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |

    I don't know that anyone can be as tired of this nonsense as I am. Why is it so difficult to just do your jobs and assist the president in doing what is good for the country? You know, the country you republicans, tea partiers, and what-the-heck-ever else you call yourselves claim to love soooo much. No matter what the president tries to do, he is thwarted at every turn. Get over yourselves and whatever hang-ups you have.

    July 19, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "Wow, way to keep the GOP focused like a laser on JOBS, JOBS, JOBS..."

    Oh but they are: focused on preventing any from being created in hopes of cashing in on our prolinged suffering in Nov 2012.

    July 19, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  10. PGP

    I've said it before: just how stupid does the RNC think we are? Pretty stupid, apparently. Sigh.

    July 19, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "most of your arguments are ridiculous, uneducated and aburd. If it is illegal, it is illegal."

    Oh, I see. Is that why the argument that "this isn't illegal" is absurd? Precedent was long ago set that the WH residence is fair game and no POTUS has ever been prosecuted for it.

    July 19, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. TamarS

    Priebus wastes time on this? The RNC still doesn't get how bright we are to see through his scheme. He shames himself.

    July 19, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  13. Kathy Keogh

    Give me a break. THIS COUNTRY has more to worry about than this. Think about what will happen to all of us if you all do not come to some kind of agreement in a few weeks. THINK about this country and the people who live here for once and put us first. Get over all this nonsense.

    July 19, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  14. Robrob

    "Despite the RNC's claims, both Republican and Democratic administrations have considered the Map Room as part of the White House residence." – – Thank you CNN for standing up for the truth.

    July 19, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  15. flavoter

    Keep your eyes on the ball America. The GO_Tea Party have nothing but hate and destruction of working American families.
    With Governors like Rick Scott attacking individuals who have choosen to be public servants. The GOP should look at how there own are tearing their party apart.

    July 19, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  16. Shinea

    Every time the Republicans try to appear like a thoughtful, sober party of serious politicians, one of the bozo's breaks ranks and shows why they will lose next year.

    July 19, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  17. Bob

    Wanting to be a Republican is like wanting to join the Circus! Clowns they are.

    July 19, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  18. edruiz

    These GOP members went to school on the short bus. This also proves the Chip Palin is anad will always be smarter than his mother and every body in the Tea Party and every GOP member alive.

    July 19, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  19. C. Howe Yulikit

    There should be a punishment for absurdities like this, similar to when someone files a frivolous lawsuit. There's a major problem with the debt ceiling issue and the RNC spews out this garbage?

    July 19, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  20. estandre

    I sincerely believe some of these Republicans should be tried for treason. Especially the man that is responsible for the black mailing of the Republicans in the House. They are doing more harm to this country than a foreign country that is our enemy.

    July 19, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  21. James

    What an idiot!

    Any congress critter NOT working on the deficit limit negotiations, should be. Doing anything else, especially this inane, should be instantly punished by removal from office, to be replaced by a member from the opposite party.

    I mean, the boat is sinking – Bail, not poke more holes!

    July 19, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    Expect waaaay more of this kind of legal crap from the GOP by the way. VanDerleest in WI is already trying to pull the same kind of crap, claiming in a letter to the WI attorney general (a Walker cronie) that various Dem groups in WI violated the Racketeering (RICO) laws by "conspiring" together to put together campaign commercials and other campaign materials attacking his fitness for office. Yes. It appears he was lying when he denied that he "smoked rocks."

    July 19, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    Next up, blatantly politicized false accusations of violations of voter registration laws and, later, voting/election laws. Expect myriad claims of it allover the country. After all, 2+ centuries of American elections hasn't turned up any credible evidence of pervasive, reoccurring voter fraud and the GOP is desperate to manufacture it to justify its Jim Crow voter suppression laws.

    July 19, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  24. Bob

    January 21, 2009: President Obama re-takes the oath of office with Chief Justice Roberts
    January 27, 2009: interview with Arab television
    February 1, 2009: interview with Matt Lauer
    June 19, 2009: interview with Harry Smith from CBS
    July 2, 2009: interview with Russian media
    February 18, 2010: meeting with the Dalai Lama
    March 15, 2011: interviews with KOAT Albuquerque, KDKA Pittsburgh and WVEC Hampton Roads on education reform
    April 29, 2011: meeting with sanitation workers from Memphis, TN

    And of course, the weekly address. That seems enough to me to be considered a "room occupied in the discharge of official duties."

    July 19, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  25. Chipster

    I'm so relieved that Republicans have such a great handle on "job creation" since that's their #1 priority. It would be such a shame if they were wasting time and energy on frivolous, petty, hypocritical, unproductive, ridiculous, and/or fabricated nonsense. Really, it would, wouldn't it? Jobs! That's what they're all about – sure.

    July 19, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
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