August 18th, 2010
05:55 PM ET
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RNC asks DOJ for investigation of Sestak affair

 The Republican National Committee is asking the Justice Department to investigate efforts last year by the White House to convince Rep. Joe Sestak to abandon his Senate campaign.

The Republican National Committee is asking the Justice Department to investigate efforts last year by the White House to convince Rep. Joe Sestak to abandon his Senate campaign.

(CNN) – The Republican National Committee urged the Justice Department Wednesday to investigate efforts last year by the White House to convince Rep. Joe Sestak to abandon his Senate campaign, an attempt by the GOP to breathe new life into an embarrassing episode for the Obama administration.

RNC Chairman Michael Steele made the request in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, a week after former President Clinton denied that he tried to convince Sestak to leave the Democratic primary at the behest of the White House.

Clinton's account appears to contradict a White House internal investigation that was outlined in a publicly released May memorandum.

Sestak rebuffed White House attempts to force him from the race and went on to defeat Sen. Arlen Specter in the primary.

Click here to read Steele's letter.

Filed under: 2010 • Joe Sestak • Pennsylvania • RNC
soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. aunt Bea and Opie

    Gee,uncle Mikey is still stuffing his bag full of Corporate witch hunting money.

    August 18, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  2. gt

    joe is in lock step with obama... let him run,,, he may be the biggest rear end kisser i have ever seen ,, and his mug is on the tv more than schumers is ... and thats a heck od alot...

    August 18, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  3. Augsbee

    Here's the problem, these guys keep forgetting that the Internet exists and we're going to find out sooner or later what they're up to. Thanks CNN for covering the story and letting the chips fall where they may. I don't see a problem conducting an investigation, if nothing was done wrong the investigation would proof so.

    August 18, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  4. Hammerer

    That's a joke, right?
    DOJ investigate anything the dems do will happen only in your dreams.

    August 18, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  5. hobart

    There is noting illegal to investigate.

    August 18, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  6. Dawn Ada, Ohio

    Is this before or after the do an investigation on Ensign?

    August 18, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  7. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    THE GOP has nothing better to do!

    August 18, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  8. Bob in PA

    It depends on what your definition of the word "convince" is.

    August 18, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  9. JR

    I hope the DOJ gives the request all the attention it deserves as they place it in the round file.

    August 18, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  10. How about the Department Of Justice Investigating Toomey . . .

    For his ties to the Club for Growth and other Lobby front groups duing the Bush years.

    Talk about beating a dead horse, er donkey.

    GOP-party of "NO Shame"

    August 18, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |

    Oh please Mr, Steele, get a grip (and a life).

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    August 18, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  12. Paula D

    Oh, poor RNC, getting a bit desparate are they? Hey, why not just come up with some solutions to issues rather than focus on crap? You've demonstrated that you can act like little spoiled children time and again so how about bringing some substance to the table for a change? Do you feel good earning your salaries and free healthcare?

    August 18, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  13. CliffC

    Not the first time President Clinton has claimed to have no affair with another individual

    August 18, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  14. Keith in Austin

    Asking Holder and the current DOJ to investigate the Whitehouse regarding the Sestak controversy is like asking Charlie Rangle to investigate Maxine Waters!

    August 18, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  15. b. o. stinks

    there wont be any investigation because the republicans asked for it the dems alrady have two in hot water and they dont want omama it with them for his crooked attempt keep spector in office penn did the right thing and voted arlen out . now he will know what it means to a working stiff like the rest of us out here. I just hope omama keeps supporting his candidates of choice

    August 18, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  16. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Michael Steele and his RNC chairmanship is a joke. What a fool he is.

    August 18, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  17. Marty, FL

    Gee, No requests from the "voyeur club" when President Bush's, Clinton's, Reagan's, etc. administration did practically the same thing. Coincidence, Steele? I think not.

    Instead of the blatantly partisan nonsense, why doesn't the RNC try to get its own house in order. Yeah right...

    August 18, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  18. Wake Up

    Steele is just a puppet at this point and only moves or speaks on command of his rulers. The GOP should be very careful who they throw stones at because of their own glass house.

    August 18, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  19. Sick&TiredOfTheGOP&Steele

    The GOP will do anything to boggle the minds of the American people. Hopefully, most of us can see through the gimmicks implemented by the GOP which of course are insults to our intelligence. Maybe the GOP will try to woo us instead, by producing some legitimate solutions that they will use to help to repair/rebuild the country that the GOP pretends to love so much, especially since they are responsible for the downfall of the United States of America, ya think?

    August 18, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  20. emma

    Another misuse of government monies.

    August 18, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  21. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    I just did some research on the above article. I really do not see any 'wrong doing' on behalf of the Democratic individuals listed above. Joe Sestak, at least on the surface seems like an okay politicial.(No scandels, gaffes, seems to represent Main Street). What I see is a few elected officials 'exploring' possibilties and opportunities that may or may not be of mutual benefit and gain. Whats wrong with that? Whats unethical? I certainly don't get it. My question is, is what in the sam hell does the Republican National Committee think they have the right to stick those nose into that which is clearly the Democrat Party and the Obama Administration business and no one elses? I think that DNC needs to ask a few questions of the RNC and demand some straight answers. The GOP is loaded with unethical and corrupt behavior...EVERYWHERE.

    August 18, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  22. Uncle Sam

    It appears that there was a coordinate effort by the sitting administration to "convince" Sestak not to run... I believe that would be illegal and at the very least unethical by offering him a job not to run.

    August 18, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  23. Ramon

    RNC should investigate some their senators they know who they are,

    August 18, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  24. jim

    The great coverup continues.And yet BLAGO is guilty of lying to investigators !!!!

    August 18, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  25. vic

    RNC doesn’t have any plan except change all the amendments (except 2nd amendment)

    August 18, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
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