To Tell the Truth
California Republican Congressman Darrell Issa says his effort to get the truth behind Pennsylvania Democrat Joe Sestak’s claim that the White House offered him a job to get him to abandon his Senate bid will not end once the primary election is over next month.
Sestak is running against incumbent Arlen Specter, whom the administration favors. Issa said: “I think a felony is something you don’t let go of just because an election has occurred.” Issa also says he will soon ask Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special prosecutor to look into the matter.
Republicans may ask for a special prosecutor in the quid-pro-quo allegations that the White House offered Rep. Joe Sestak a plumb administration job if he didn’t run against fellow Pennsylvania Democrat Sen. Arlen Specter in their state’s primary.
The possibility that Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., might press for a formal review arose after The White House counsel’s office missed a deadline, which already had been extended, to answer questions from House Republicans about Sestak’s statements that the White House offered him a job if he left Specter unchallenged, according to CNSNews.com.
If the White House made such an offer, it could be a federal crime, according to legal experts and members of Congress. Specter, a former district attorney, has said it could constitute bribery, CNSNews said.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) sent a letter Wednesday to Attorney General Eric Holder, urging a “formal investigation into whether a crime was committed” to extract Sestak from his primary challenge to Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.).
Sestak said the White House offered him an administration post, but he has largely declined to speak further about it.
Issa has sent two letters to the White House asking about the alleged job offer, which he believes might be a crime. The Obama administration has yet to respond to either letter.
At issue, is whether the White House broke federal law that prohibits exerting the promise of influence for obtaining a federal job, interfering in elections of promising employment for political activity.
Asking for a special prosecutor seems to up the ante a bit for the administration. Issa does not seem to be letting this matter fade, even after a few ignored letters