RNC maps out White House foul
July 18th, 2011
10:57 PM ET
11 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. JR

    Wow, with all the great GOP minds engaged in this high level of non-crime fighting I can see why they have no time left to legislate.

    July 19, 2011 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  2. Bman

    I want some shrunken heads hanging from my candidates belt when I vote for him. I nominate Rince Prebushie as the first acquisition.

    July 19, 2011 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  3. Bman

    Shrink that head. Set it on the mantle.

    July 19, 2011 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  4. JonDie

    It's Mupert Ruroch all over again.

    July 19, 2011 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  5. nimitta

    Call it 'hardball' if you like, but it's actually just a lie, and a textbook example of hypocrisy. Glad to see the RNC has the welfare of the republic in mind!

    July 19, 2011 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  6. Manu

    This is hitting below the belt

    July 19, 2011 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  7. all of america

    It seems every thing loser obama and his corrupt administration does is either corrupt or illegal . Example, the fast and furious gun running scheme that was intended to bolster the left wing anti gun agenda ,that has connections all the way up to holder and obama.

    July 19, 2011 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  8. LarryMoniz

    As an Independent, this kind of petty smear is one of the reasons I'm becoming less and less sympathetic to Republicans and their ponderous pachyderm party polemics. This political operative with the unpronounceable name seems more intent to making mud-balls than salvaging the mess created by the previous Republican administration. Enough already.

    July 19, 2011 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  9. voice of reason

    I read the article. Then I looked at the number of responses. Then I scrolled down and read 'samples' of said responses.

    Conclusion: Here we have a renegade looney from the GOP side. He is a nobody, and he's talking rubbish.

    The 500 Dems on here, instead of ignoring this little twerp [starve him of the publicity he craves] Oh no, you couldn't do it could you. Out you come – thrilled to little apples because you can spew hatred for the whole Party just because some little no-account shot his mouth off. You Dems seriously need to get lives outside of CNN. What is wrong with you????????

    July 19, 2011 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  10. tomcar16

    Reince. First of all , what is a Reince? Been around for a while and NEVER heard that one before. Secondly, if you hurry, you may just get your app into Home Depot or Walmart or become a landscaper because you're not going to be around DC too much longer. Sell your Benz, buy a used Gremlin and some Levi's, and for the first time in your life-do some real work.

    July 19, 2011 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  11. rep

    wow. just wow. the GOP is taking the word petty to new levels. i'd say it's laughable, but it's really just sad.

    July 19, 2011 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  12. Craig

    Is Priebus even a U.S. citizen?

    July 19, 2011 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  13. Really GOP?

    seriously?? this is what the GOP want to talk about?? they keep saying Obama did something illegal, with the war and etc... but they cant prove anything. jeez

    July 19, 2011 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  14. tomcar16

    How many tea cup's does it take to destroy every person who's been out of work for even a day? You guy's are the worst of the worst! Bottom feed, as my Grandpa once said. At the end of the day, You all will find out that the East Coast does not want to ever see you again, or hear your voice again. Goes for Palen as well. You guy's, please just go back home and leave all the civil people on the planet alone. Man' These frikn' aliens. What it is that they don't understand? Oh, that's right. Forgot. They suck human blood for pleasure. Okay, now this all makes great sense!

    July 20, 2011 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  15. Collateral Damage Guy

    Its a good thing all those election laws got throw out the window....

    July 20, 2011 04:17 am at 4:17 am |
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