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. ToldUso

    Well, now that the Repukes have created all those jobs by making the rich richer, they can focus on these important issues.

    July 19, 2011 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  2. Curt

    This is what they are focusing on in Washington? REALLY?

    July 19, 2011 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  3. Gavin Todd

    Really...........is this what the Republican Party is worried about..........grow up and do what needs to be done

    July 19, 2011 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  4. SilverHair

    Priebus is not a TSA inspector – he's groping in the wrong place!

    July 19, 2011 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  5. Alex

    ...So he has absolutely nothing better to do with his time

    July 19, 2011 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  6. fairtrade

    Priebus – is displaying everything that is bad about our political system. This is petty, inappropriate, uncalled for and needs to be included in someone's ridiculous list.

    July 19, 2011 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  7. Ronald

    I guess this is the best the GOP can do since they can't do anything useful in solving our problems. They don't really want to be public servants just an annoyance to the opposition. By the way, where are the jobs that you promised in the last election? As I recalled that was your main selling point. There hasn't been one piece of legislature that would create jobs from you guys. I guess you are all talk and no action. Useless!

    July 19, 2011 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  8. unretired05

    Wah Wah already? If it was film it wouldn't even be developed yet. I can see the most contentious election ever coming. The TEA Party hasn't even chosen the Republican candidate yet and Preteabus is already accusing Obama of a nonexistent "apparent crime".
    If the Republicans would spend as much time and energy doing their job as they spend attacking the Democrats, the teachers, and other government employees it would go a long way toward helping the unemployment problem.
    Jobs Jobs Jobs they said before the election jobs would be their #1 priority. After the election we found out that the jobs they were concerned about were the ones that Democrats had and they want Republicans to take over. Their answer to unemployment is to get rid of government workers. Jobs Jobs Jobs lets cut the budget and give the money to the rich so they will donate to us. Evidently the contributions paid off the wealthy tax rate is lower than ever.
    The Supreme Court even opened up the law so the politicians could get even more and making it harder to see who gave what to who. They know who they owe their jobs to.

    July 19, 2011 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  9. samsmee

    do the conservatives not understand that this whining they are doing about EVERYTHING does not bode well for them. This one I don't think even the far right will latch onto because it is so lame.... sheesh....

    July 19, 2011 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  10. Colleen

    Glad to see these guys don't have anything better to do with their time.

    July 19, 2011 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  11. martin

    It's good to know that the Republicans have their priorities straight in these troubled times. Maybe as soon as they change their diapers we can move on to lesser problems, like keeping our country out of default.

    July 19, 2011 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  12. dave

    In other words, faux outrage from the GOP in an attempt to take away attention from their failures in the debt negotiations and concern that the phone hacking scandal may take down their good friend Rupert.

    July 19, 2011 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  13. Dave

    At this point our current President will do anything or use anything to assure he will be reelected just as the opposition will do anyting or use anything to assure they stand a chance to put a candadate in the White House. They are all crooks, thiefs, and liers on both sides and the American Publick knows it. It is to bad that the political structure of this once proud country has come down to the trying to chose the lesser of the two evils.

    July 19, 2011 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  14. Bob C

    The problem here is that if the RNC says it enough times, enough people are going to believe it to be true to sway a few voters. It doesn't matter if the Map Room is actually part of the residence, only that the RNC has another invented controversy to riff on. Somewhat like the entire birther fracas.

    July 19, 2011 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  15. Scott

    Priebus looks like he just soiled his pants. Apparently his own fundraising activities are not doing so well.

    July 19, 2011 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  16. Sue

    The Republican party needs to get a life! If they can't find something legitimate to carp about they invent something!! Frankly, I think they've all lost their minds! They've sold their souls to the devil (Grover Norquist) and no longer represent the GOP of old when their party was made up of "gentlemen politicians", i.e. Alan Simpson, Bob Dole. I voted mostly republican for 40 years but the 2008 election, and the events since then, have convinced me that the former GOP has been hijacked by a new crop of arrogant and offensive politicians!

    July 19, 2011 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  17. Chris Willett

    Total desperation on the part of the Republicans. When they call out their own for warrantless wiretapping, torture, and other serious crimes, then I'll worry about what Obama is doing in the Map Room.

    July 19, 2011 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  18. laura

    So the republicans are whining again. And this is considered news worthy? When have they NOT acted like whining children whose favorite toy has been removed ever since Mr. Obama was elected?What I would like to see is a serious news analysis of how the Republican party came to view themselves as being more privileged than other Americans and what America can do to correct their mental issues before they ruin our nation with their endless "me first" demands. If children can, (and should) be corrected in their behavior for their own mental health and future well being, surely the republican party is standing in greater need of it. will somebody please tell us how to give this group a meaningful "time out"? And refocus their brains on the reality we all face?

    July 19, 2011 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  19. Sadie Boyd

    This is all Obama's fault for being black...if he just didn't have to keep being black then none of this could happen...he really needs to get a handle on this instead of working on getting our economy back together, work on a withdrawal out of Bush's proxy wars and working on legislative tasks...

    July 19, 2011 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  20. Jacqui

    Mr Priebus is so incensed against this president and this administration that at this critical time when we should be doing everything to get the economy back on track and raise the debt ceiling, he wants to expend more government resources to investigate something that is not illegal. It is quite clear to me that his heart is full of bitterness.

    July 19, 2011 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  21. bluesky

    This is the type of pettiness and below-the-belt tactics I've come to expect from the Republican party. I used to vote for them many years ago, believing them to believe in fiscal responsibility and a balanced approach to government. In the last few years, it's become obvious that they only believe in political power at any cost and will lie and cheat to obtain it. The Republicans disgust me now.

    July 19, 2011 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  22. jboh

    When you can't stand on your merits, throw mud. Typical TEA/GOP smear tactics. These TEA/GOP clowns should be ashamed of themselves, but of course, they have no honor or morals.

    July 19, 2011 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  23. sandra

    With all of the issues facing our nation...this is what the RNC wants to focus on? They are so out of tune with America.

    July 19, 2011 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  24. Cfrench

    So. What ever happened to all the job creation promised buy the rupublicans and their tea bagging supporters? I'm still waiting to see one propsal put forth by them. Nope. Instead all we've seen is anti-gay this, anti-abortion that, god-this, gun-that.

    July 19, 2011 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  25. trturner

    How does this add jobs?

    July 19, 2011 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
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