[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/01/art.getty.robert.gibbs.jpg caption="Robert Gibbs declined to name what position was offered to Rep. Joe Sestak in an effort to dissuade him from challenging Sen. Arlen Specter in the Pennsylvania Senate primary."]
(CNN) - White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs declined Tuesday to name what position was offered to Pennsylvania Rep. Rep. Joe Sestak last year in an effort to dissuade him from launching a primary challenge against incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter.
But Gibbs, whose comments come four days after the White House counsel's office released a memo stating no laws were broken during the communication with Sestak, suggested the position "didn't constitute a lot of what you're hearing."
According to the memo released Friday and authored by White House Counsel Bob Bauer, administration officials asked former President Bill Clinton to discuss with Sestak the possibility of serving on a high-level "Presidential or other Senior Executive Advisory Board" instead of challenging Specter. Bauer also made clear the position would have been unpaid.
After the memo was released Friday, Sestak told reporters, "I heard presidential board and I think it was Intel."
But that position - the President's Intelligence Advisory Board - would have forced Sestak to relinquish his House seat.
Asked to clarify what post was suggested to the congressman, Gibbs replied "I'd refer you to the memo."
A reporter then noted the memo didn't specify the exact position.
"Right," said Gibbs. "Thank you."
Sestak beat Specter in the May 18 Pennsylvania Democratic primary.