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GOP Demands A Sestak ‘Special Counsel’

From ABC News:

All 7 Republicans on Senate Judiciary Committee Ask AG Holder to Appoint Special Prosecutor to Look Into Alleged Sestak Job Offer

Jake Tapper

May 26, 2010

In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder today, all seven Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee "urge the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate Congressman Joe Sestak’s claim that a White House official offered him a job to induce him to exit the Pennsylvania Senate primary race against Senator Arlen Specter."

The seven – Sens. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, Orrin Hatch of Utah, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Jon Kyl or Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina,  John Cornyn of Texas and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma – allege that the offer would appear to violate federal criminal laws, including 18 U.S.C. 600, which prohibits promising a government position “as consideration, favor, or reward for any political activity” or “in connection with any primary election or political convention or caucus held to select candidates for any political office.”

And, perhaps more interestingly, such bribes are mentioned in the US Constitution, Article II, Section 4: “The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”

White House senior adviser David Axelrod said on Monday that White House lawyers had looked into it and judged everything “perfectly appropriate.”

CNN’s John King suggested to Axelrod that such a job offer “marches up into the gray area, perhaps into the red area of a felony. It is a felony to induce somebody by offering them a job.”

“If such things happened they would constitute a serious breach of the law,” Axelrod told CNN, “and when the allegations were looked into there is no evidence of such a thing."

That was not enough for the Republican Senators, who wrote to Holder that they “do not believe the Department of Justice can properly defer to White House lawyers to investigate a matter that could involve ‘a serious breach of the law.’ The White House cannot possibly manage an internal investigation of potential criminal misconduct while simultaneously crafting a public narrative to rebut the claim that misconduct occurred.”

Assistant Attorney General Ronald Welch last week told Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., that a special counsel is not needed; the Republican Senators are asking for Holder to reconsider that decision, though they suggest he could also refer the matter to the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section or the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.

Whatever happened to merely the appearance of any impropriety being enough to warrant an investigation?

For the record, Mr. Sestak is a Vice Admiral and Naval Academy Graduate. Somehow we are more inclined to take his word for what happened over David ‘Astroturf’ Axelrod or even ‘Baghdad’ Bob Gibbs.

And, lest we forget, Mr. Holder had no problem appointing a ‘special counsel’ to investigate the CIA. And even President Bush appointed a ‘special counsel’ to investigate the non-leak of the non-spy Valerie Plame.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, May 27th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “GOP Demands A Sestak ‘Special Counsel’”

  1. Mithrandir says:

    Internal investigations are completely worthless. All it is, is time to get your story straight and destroy evidence.

    Just like in Chicago, the same in Washington, buying and selling everything there is to buy and sell (with your money of course).

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Sens. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, Orrin Hatch of Utah, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Jon Kyl or Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, John Cornyn of Texas and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma

    Thank you, gentlemen, for not letting go of this. Thank you for standing up and being aggressive and hopefully heard.

    I’ll take a moment to note that at least these members of the GOP are men enough to stand up for what is truly RIGHT. I do hope that there’s an investigation and if an investigation, an impeachment. The boy needs to answer for his big, fat, mouth and his reckless behavior.

    Let’s hope this runs true to course and results in the destruction of his time in office.

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    Can’t wait to see who is the next victim tossed under and run
    over by the obama tour bus.

  4. bobdog says:

    In a statement today, Holder announced he would give this matter his top priority, right after the successful conclusion of the Manhattan terrorist trials, the Black Panther voter intimidation trial, CIA indictments, the trial and release of all Gitmo prisoners, and the Bush/Cheney/Rove witch trials.

  5. Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

    I wonder if Holder realized beforehand how full his dance card would be running interference for the Magic Negro and his agenda.

  6. proreason says:

    We are living in an oligarchic dictatorship. There can be no doubt.

    Nudging the people toward an unpopular goal or two could be characterized as leadership. FDR did that in the run-up to WWII. Nixon did that in opening relations with China. LBJ did that with Civil Rights Legislation. You could even say that Clinton did that with NAFTA.

    But consider:
    (1) We have a governing class forcing its will on the people against their strongly expressed opposition. It’s not here and there. It’s everywhere.
    (2) Perhaps if a country had massively failed as a political entity, you could justify governing against the will of the people as a function of leadership. You could make that case for entering the Civil War, or perhaps even for the New Deal. The country wasn’t working in those situations. But how could anybody argue that for the United States in 2008? We still were, by far, the most successful nation ever created. There was no massive failure that threatened the very existence of the country. And the economic problem that is the predicate for almost all of the dictatorial actions WAS CAUSED BY the dictators themselves.
    (3) Time after time, policies have been implemented against the LOUD, DIRECT, INCREASING opposition of the overwhelming majority of the people. Massive bailouts. The nationalization of industries. Bow and scrape foreign policy. Gitmo. The trial of KSM. Health Care. Cap and Tax. Global Warming hysteria. Massive deficits. Arizona’s border security law. Illegal immigration. The alienation of long-time allies (UK and Israel). Support for long-time enemies (Hamas, Palestinians). Sweeping, dictatorial control of the financial industry. Addressing unemployment by incurring multi-generational debt rather than encouraging businesses to expand. Pending massive tax increases. Monetary policy that is sure to cause widespread inflation. On and on.

    We aren’t talking about marginal opposition to these policies. On every one of those issues, at least 60% of the country opposes the government’s policy. In most case, more than 60%.

    Yet, there are hardly any adjustments to policy whatsoever. To the contrary, as opposition mounts, the government increases its demands for what IT wants to do. They lie. They change centuries old traditions. They ignore existing law. They create unwritten new law. The obfuscate. They attack private citizens. They plot to restrict free speech. They propagandize. They stonewall. They lie and lie and lie.

    It’s a dictatorship. More benign, at this point, than China or Cuba, but there can be no question that we are ruled by a tiny oligarchy without regard to the will of the people.

    Now for our lurking nutter readers, still seething with anger because George Bush spoke with a Texas accent….George wasn’t similar in any way to what this Moron is doing. Bush lost his popularity, but there was only one thing he did that went against the will of the people, Iraq, and it is now clear that Iraq was a case of Presidential leadership, not a dictator. For all of his other significant actions, he either implemented the people’s will, the people didn’t care, or he backed off his original plan. The Patriot Act, the original Iraq invasion, Afghanistan, post 9/11….all implemented the will of the people. Medicare Prescription Relief, No Child Left Behind, small deficits….the people hardly rose up in opposition. Comprehensive immigration, SS private account…..the administration backed off as opposition arose. There was only one policy that Bush insisted upon that went against the will of the people: post-invasion Iraq. And even in that case, there was a concerted propaganda campaign against him. But for the despicable, overwhelming, self-serving opposition of the brainwashed MSM, the people would have supported Bush on that as well.

    Bush led, and he didn’t lead a tiny oligarchy shoving its will down our throats. You may disagree with some of his policies as I do, but there was no way any rational observer could call him a dictator.

    Obama is a dictator. He rules against the will of the people. He is uncompromising in his approach. He completely ignores opposition to his policies. He breaks the law, creates new law, and ignores existing law. He is devious to a fault. He is the most deceitful politician to ever appear in this country. It is impossible to argue that is agenda is anything but in direct opposition to the American way of life.

    He is a dictator.

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