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. beth

    shouldn't the republicans be more concerned about the fact that the (formerly rich or wealthy) 'job creators' have had their tax breaks for the past 10 years and WHERE ARE THE JOBS? Oh I forgot...this is Obama's problem.

    July 19, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. Tony in Maine

    I see we're back to the impeach and convict game since an actual election can't be won by the Party of No.

    July 19, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. chelsea12

    The only fouls that I see are the Republicans. What a bunch of poor excuses for a group that is suppose to care about the American people. The only thing the repubs want is to get rid of Obama so they can cram their agenda down our throats. I will never vote for a republican again!

    July 19, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  4. William

    Hmm so the chairman of the RNC doesn't even know the rules....How interesting....

    July 19, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. BrickFlair

    Man for real? I'm kinda embarrased to be an adult american after this claim. So a man can not use his own house to do his buisness. I dont care where he goes to do fundraisers. Really I dont. He can be on the moon as long as he calls that home. Really all he did was tape a speech. This man is on call 24/7. Give it a rest and fix the economy. Or God help us, we will destory you and all your clones!

    July 19, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. CEL1

    this dipstick needs to be working on job creation instead of attacking a lame duck president. get with it or gt out.

    July 19, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  7. keeth in cali

    Shrill, baby, shrill.

    July 19, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  8. realitybites

    It's pronounced Pubice. He's a Re-pubic-an.

    July 19, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. djdjdjs

    This fella is NOW concerned about lies ?

    Fella, how about the TREASON lies your boy bush and cheney did in outting a CIA agent?
    Fella, how about the lies about WMD's your boy bush and cheney comitted?

    Fella, you need to resign. You are bordering on treason also.

    July 19, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  10. JGfromPK

    As a registered Republican, I have just about had it with this juvenile BS from our so-called party leaders. Who is this guy? I sure didn't vote for him, but he's getting in front of the national news media as if he represents what the rest of us Republicans are thinking? I swear I'm very close to being another former-Republican Independent. This is ludicrous. Someone seriously smack this whiner down.

    July 19, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  11. Norm

    This guy got his name right out of a Harry Potter book.
    Talk about government waste and redundancy.
    I'm convinced the Grand Party of Oil is out to destrot this country, but lucky for us, they just don't have the smarts to pull it off.
    Let's ask to see this guy's long form birth certificate.

    July 19, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. Disillusioned Republican

    The G.O.P. is no more. It has been co-opted by fools and madmen.
    Given the incredibly woeful state of affairs our country is now in, this sort of B.S. is analogous to a chief surgeon refusing to perform life-saving surgery solely in order to argue with the other attending physicians, nurses, and anyone else in the employ of the hospital, including the janitors, over the patient's nearly imperceptible acne!!

    This man, as well as any other pol (Democrat or Republican!) who spews such disastrously distracting nonsense in these extremely troubling times, ought to be publicly flogged, and thoroughly tarred and feathered!

    July 19, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. Tex71

    It is becoming blatantly obvious that the GOP's one and only objective is to protect tax loopholes and corporate welfare for the super-rich, at any cost, no matter what the consequences to the American people, to the national economy, or to the very future of our nation. They are hell-bent on instituting feudal social and economic systems in America that have been rejected for centuries in the rest of the civilized world, and which are exactly the opposite of the founding values of the USA. It is becoming obvious that Republicans in general are corrupt, immoral, and treasonous. They are fighting against common sense, human decency, and the course of history itself, all for short-term profits. Shame has no meaning for these people. May they reap what they have sown quickly and in abundance.

    July 19, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  14. Marc

    Associating yourself with the GOP these days is simply shameful behavior. How long will it take for conservatives with a clue to wrest back control from the ignorant idiots at the reins?

    July 19, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  15. Time for another change

    Not surprising that Democrats wouldn't care if Obama broke a few laws while campaigning. It's standard procedure for Democrats nowadays.

    July 19, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  16. jacquie

    Hmmm....maybe we could all send him a map to Hades in such a way as he might anticipate the trip. What a twerp.

    July 19, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  17. cecilia

    never in my long long life have I known a more despicable crowd as the republican party – they lie, they cheat, and on and on and on

    July 19, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    Is this the best he can come up with? THIS is an example of how corrupt Obama is supposed to be? If I were a Republican, I would be embarrassed this twit is in charge of the day-to-day operations. On the other hand, he's a failed State Senate candidate whose sole claim to fame is he helped get Scott Walker, the biggest liar in Wisconsin history in to the governor's chair to begin his Reign of Error: that explains a lot. Priebus is NOT a deep thinker, nor a brilliant strategist. He lost NY-26, a district that had not gone blue in 50 years because of incorrect assumption and miscalculations. People are not interested in what Preibus thinks is in a campaing video, they want results. WHERE ARE THE JOBS WE WERE PROMISED? What will you do, sir?

    July 19, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  19. John TN

    Priebus fiddles while the US burns...what a dope. The GOP really needs to change their attitude and think of the counrty over their nonesense. When Obama wins a second term, perhaps the GOP will have learned a lesson

    July 19, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  20. Bob

    "djdjdjs This fella is NOW concerned about lies ?
    Fella, how about the TREASON lies your boy bush and cheney did in outting a CIA agent?
    Fella, how about the lies about WMD's your boy bush and cheney comitted?

    Fella, you need to resign. You are bordering on treason also."

    djdjdjs, why don't you try to learn something on your own rather than spout party lines. That is all obfuscation.

    July 19, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  21. Duh

    Haha so now they are making up the rules for the White House...It is not illegal to record in the Map room...Period. GOP looking dumber by the day. Looks like we will have some more crazies in the office in 2012.

    July 19, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  22. truth1700

    They have been crying that since Obama (BLACK MAN) became president of the UNITED STATES!!!

    July 19, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  23. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    They should send in James O'Keefe to get an undercover video of the President committing all those crimes...in his home...

    July 19, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  24. Dooo

    Nice try Teensy Pebbles.

    July 19, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  25. kyle

    Next the RNC wants to investigate if they are picking roses out of the rose garden.

    July 19, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
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