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. jimbo

    How about they focus on how Obama and Eric Holder allowed thousands of assualt rifles to creep into Mexico and were used to kill american boarder patrol agents?

    July 19, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. Martin

    Why is it that every time there is a Democratic President the Republicans try and go after them with some sort of big committee re some sort of mythological wrong doing, costing that President $millions in legal fees to fight it?

    Why can't they just let sleeping dogs lie and fight the President at the next election? Are they that insecure in themselves that they have to come up with perceptions of wrongdoing by sitting Presidents in order to feel better?

    July 19, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. CandyBee

    These people (Obama critics) are not about governance, nor fairness, nor interested in the success of America. Their single focus is to get this black President out of office. I mean no offense to blacks, I am simply stating my observations, after nearly 70 years watching politics, that there has never been a more vitriolic, divisive group trying to oust a sitting president in my lifetime. And it is, unfortunately, worked hard by a bunch of young, ignorant, self-important Republicans who, having obviously been raised by the culture of their families to believe that they are wonderful, can do no wrong, are smarter than everybody else, and their rude manners are perfectly OK when they want to make political points. I hope each and every one of them is soundly voted out of office the next time around. Diffierences of opinion are perfectly acceptable, but this hateful superior attitude is simply ugly and unacceptable.

    July 19, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  4. Alina77

    They trying to pull a "birther thing", it worse to try and hope it sticks, after all people are "Americans".

    July 19, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. Embarrased Conservative

    Nit picking like this just makes Omaba look like a good President as they obvioulsy have nothing else to call him out on. What is happening to the conservative party?

    July 19, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  6. Xena Peel

    Why don't you and your corporate overlords, American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the Koch Brothers just leave democracy alone. Why don't you leave the country period and stop the coup d'├ętat that ALEC and Kochs are committing. (ARE YOU LISTENING AND PAYING ATTENTION CNN)

    July 19, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  7. cf

    More lies, hate, misinformation, and fearmongering from the GOP. Seems those are the only things they are good at.

    July 19, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  8. Mike K.

    Sadly, there are people who lap this stuff up. As far as I am concerned, GOP stands for "Go on Pandering," and Preibus is just another in a long line of Republican pit bulls who try to cover up their lack of ideas (and ideals) with attack dog politics. Shameful and shameless and aimed straight at the voter with and IQ of 82.

    July 19, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. Bill

    Okay Rancid Prius. Let's try the entire GOP for war crimes. Oh wait, Obama let you off the hook last week. Democrats! When a republican commits a crime, which is eventually, throw them in jail. Don't let them come back and bring America down too.

    July 19, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. flavoter

    As if it really matters it looks to me like it has a green room / movie set appearance. Yeah thats it so my answer works for me!!!! Obama 2012. No not enough to sway true thinkers Max. Talk about The GOP's attack on my 73 year old mother's benefit's that she payed into for over half her life!

    July 19, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. Sandalorn

    This is all that the Republicans have wanted since Obama got elected.

    They decided that getting him out of office was worth destroying the economy and hurting american citizens. They really are traitors in every sense of the word. How anyone can vote for them that isn't a multi-billionaire is absolutely beyond me.

    July 19, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  12. Saboth

    If Bush and Cheney weren't arrested for war crimes, I don't expect this will happen either. Now, let's talk about this idiotic pledge all the Republicans signed to never, ever raise taxes, no matter if the country is entering WWIII or about to go bankrupt.

    I agree we need to cut spending, and it looks like Dems are ready to do so. But to hamstring yourself with some pledge like that...I mean, that has to be one of the stupidest things I've ever heard a politician doing. Also...if we raise taxes on the rich, it will hurt jobs they claim. Newsflash: the rich have already recovered from the recession. Reports show the poor have yet to recover, and the middle class is just NOW starting to recover, but the rich have long since recovered. If they haven't created jobs by now, they aren't going to, and putting their taxes back to what they should be isn't going to hurt anything.

    July 19, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  13. Big_D

    We knew the GOP would start investigating anything Obama they could the second they got the House. They won't investigate Murdoch or his possible assassination of witnesses and violations by GOP politicians that manipulated FCC law to get Murdoch a license.

    July 19, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. Big_D

    The GOP has the power to investigate and they will abuse their power as usual.

    July 19, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. Terri

    Wow, the GOP is really looking more foolish every day.

    July 19, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  16. Bob

    you dems act so binary. as if organizations can't do more than 1 thing at a time. Since you were ok with Clinton selling out the Lincoln bedroom I guess you are ok with fundraising from the White House. I seem to recall a big stink when Bush made 1 call from the White House for fundraising and the dems threw a hissy fit. gimme a break. u are the party of do nnothing., hows that hope and cahnge working for ya? u had the house since 2006 and the Senate too. didnt do squat.

    July 19, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  17. BobAD

    What total AH's these Republicans are as they are on the take from Fox (shut it down) News.

    July 19, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  18. klsnyder0908

    Please stop with the petty and unfounded distractions, sit down, and figure out a deal before August 2.

    July 19, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  19. EddyL

    What a clown. This is all he has to worry about? GOP SUCKS

    July 19, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. Bob

    estandre, please say mor. I am so enlightened by your esteemed intellect.

    July 19, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  21. David, CA

    The GOP would bomb and orphanage and then blame President Obama for not stopping them.

    July 19, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  22. David M

    We have people working on cures for all kinds of disease. But, no one is working on a cure for stupid. That disease has afflicted our congressional "leaders" for quite some time. What a bunch of morons. A "crime" was committed? No. Casey Anthony committed a crime. I'm not an Obama fan, but this is beyond stupid.

    This dweeb needs to find something of importance to address. Like finding another job.

    July 19, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  23. Jimmy

    Idiots fiddling while Rome's financial condition is burning.

    July 19, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  24. Terry

    I just love watching the clowns in the Big Tent, we often call the Capitol. The big shoes and spinning ties give them away.

    July 19, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  25. Terry

    Come on Priebus, that old "Pull My Finger" routine has been pulled before. Yes, you are a big stinker.

    July 19, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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