This charge surfaced what seems like many moons ago, but it has never been addressed by the Whitehouse beyond its inept Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, stating that he essentially has nothing to say about the issue.
But that is not exactly conclusive and it does not put the issue to rest.
If someone did actually offer Joe Sestak a federal job in return for his not challenging Specter, they were in fact using bribery to influence a federal election. That is a federal crime and in total violation of Title 18, U.S.C. Section 595, which says:
“Whoever, being a person employed in any administrative position by the United States … uses his official authority for the purposes of interfering with, or affecting the nomination of, or the election of any candidate for office of President, Vice President, Presidential elector, Member of the Senate, Member of the House of Representative…shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.”
So far we have seen much reason to be suspect of the Administration.
As seen below, the Whitehouse’s spokesman has intentionally avoided allowing any detailed answer to go on the record, a technique often employed by those who wish not to face perjury charges.
And President Obama has done little to answer for himself. In fact, he has refused to charge Joe Sestak with lying and turned down any pursuit of justice for leveling a false charge at the Administration. If Sestak is lying, why is the President so willing to just let him continue to tarnish his integrity and that of the Whitehouse?
At the same time, how would it benefit Joe Sestak to accuse the President’s Administration of breaking the law? And why would he repeat this charge now that he won the Democratic nomination? Will such acts benefit the Sestak senate campaign with more money from the D.N.C. and Democratic National Senatorial Committee? Will it be incentive for any of President Obama’s wealthy donors to donate money to Sestak after he charged the man whom they support with a crime?
That certainly is not it.
But it still could be a strategic maneuver on Sestak’s part.
Given the anti-establishment environment that exists this year, and given the continued loss of President Obama’s popularity, Sestak could be making this charge to distance himself from the President.
While essentially having the same position on most all issues, there is very little difference between the President and Sestak. That will allow Sestak’s Republican opponent to paint him as an Obama clone. Not a good thing if President Obama is not sitting well with voters.
But one thing that can help Sestak in such an environment is his ability to look independent of the President, even though they agree on the issues. Sestak’s accustaion of the Administration gives him the opportunity to look non-partisan and gutsy for his courageous act of defiance against the President’s Administration which tried to prevent him from doing what he knew was right…..challenge former Republican Arlen Specter in the race to represent the democrat Party and the good people of Pennsylvania.
There is no other plausibly logical reason for Sestak to continue making this bribery charge of the Whitehouse. Having already won the nomination, Whitehouse support of his candidacy could be crucial to winning in November. Unless of course, come November, any connection to the President will be toxic. If that is the case, Sestak’s Job-Gate scandal is the perfect plan to create that much needed distance from the President and maker him quite attractive to the all important Independent voters who will determine Sestak’s fate in a tough race against Republican Pat Toomey.
Whether Sestak’s charge is a campaign strategy or the truth, a crime has been committed here, either by Joe Sestak himself, or someone in the Obama Administration, or maybe from the national Democrat Party organization.
The lack of any desire by the Whitehouse to hold Jie Sestak accountable for his charges if he is lying, is suspicious. It could reflect knowledge that the accusation is true or maybe they have signed off on what they think is a brilliant way to insure Sestak’s victory in November?
Either way, this is a scandal. Call it Job-gate or whatever you want but it is not kosher. And what is even less kosher is the lack of anyone’s interest in determining who is lying and who is breaking the law.
Some Democrats who are still facing primary challenges of their own, have begun to raise concerns and are trying to also make themselves look like they are independent, anti-establishment candidates by standing up to the President. New York’s Anthony Weiner is the most recent one. He is calling upon the Whitehouse to release more information about the bribe. But if there really was no bribe, there is no information to release. So Weiner’s weenie request really falls flat but provides him with the ability to claim he is holding the powers that be, accountable.
What really needs to be done here is what Democrats saw appropriate in cases involving the Nixon, Reagan, Clinton and Bush’s Whitehouses……a special independent prosecutor to investigate this tangled web of deceit.
Someone is guilty here. Either someone tried to influence a federal election by offering Sestak a bribe in defiance of the law, or Sestak is defrauding the public and making false accusations against federal officials.
I won’t say which is which. I don’t know which is which. But I can say someone broke the law and more laws are being broken each day that Job-Gate continues to be covered up. I can also say that I do not trust this Administration to conduct an honest investigation of itself or its President and I do not trust the clandestine and extremely partisan liberal led Congress to investigate their own.
So it is time for an independent prosecutor to step in, investigate and clear the air of the cloud of suspicion which hangs over the future of either Joe Sestak’s senate ambitions or the Obama Administration’s self-touted transparency and integrity.