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Obama Nixes Special Counsel For Sestak

From the Politico:

DoJ nixes Sestak special counsel

By: John Bresnahan and Jake Sherman
May 24, 2010

The Justice Department has rejected a Republican request to appoint a special counsel to investigate allegations that the White House offered a job to Rep. Joe Sestak if he would drop out of the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic primary.

In a letter sent Friday to Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) — but not publicly released — a Justice Department official said there was no need to have a special counsel to look into the allegations

Well, if that is what Mr. Obama’s stooge Eric Holder says, than there must not be anything to worry about.

In the letter to Issa, Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich wrote that the DOJ could handle the allegations without creating a special counsel. But Weich gave no indication that the department was looking into the Sestak matter.

“We assure you that the Department of Justice takes very seriously allegations of criminal conduct by public officials. All such matters are reviewed carefully by career prosecutors and law enforcement agents, and appropriate action, if warranted, is taken,” Weich wrote in the letter, which was obtained by POLITICO. “The Department of Justice, however, has a long history of handling investigations of high-level officials professionally and independently, without the need to appoint a special counsel.”

We long for the days (under Republican administrations), when merely the appearance of impropriety was enough to justify an investigation – and of course a special counsel.

Appointing a special counsel would be a significant move — upgrading what has been a minor controversy to a serious investigation, because the Obama Justice Department would be devoting resources to investigating the White House.

And we don’t want to take away any of the Justice Department’s lawyers from investigating Republicans.

Weich’s letter was in response to an April 21 letter from Issa to Attorney General Eric Holder. Issa suggested that the Sestak job offer could be a violation of federal bribery statutes, though ethics experts strongly disagree with that assertion.

Yes, let’s rely on anonymous “ethics experts” provided to Politico by their DNC masters.

Issa says the Justice Department’s refusal to appoint a special counsel undermines administration claims of openness and transparency.

“You have a sitting U.S. congressman who has made a very specific allegation, numerous times that someone inside the Obama White House offered him what amounts to a bribe in order to manipulate the Pennsylvania Senate primary,” Issa said in a statement to POLITICO.

“The attorney general’s refusal to take action in the face of such felonious allegations undermines any claim to transparency and integrity that this administration asserts.”

Which is quite shocking, considering how transparent and integrity ridden the Obama administration has been up until now.

Issa first sent a letter to White House General Counsel Robert Bauer in March, demanding information, but he never received a response. He then sent a second letter, in which he pressed Bauer for a reply and criticized White House press secretary Robert Gibbs for downplaying the issue to reporters.

And since Sestak scored his primary win over Specter, Issa has upped the ante. The California Republican said that if Sestak doesn’t fully explain the conversation he had with the White House official, and if an outside group doesn’t file a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics, he would file a complaint with the House ethics committee — a rarely used and highly confrontational move

Gosh, those Republicans will stoop to anything.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, May 25th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Obama Nixes Special Counsel For Sestak”

  1. Right of the People says:

    “We assure you that the Department of Justice takes very seriously allegations of criminal conduct by public officials. All such matters are reviewed carefully by career prosecutors and law enforcement agents, and appropriate action, if warranted, is taken,”

    As long as the letter (R) is after their name.

    I wonder what Holder will do next year when the impeachment proceedings begin?

  2. jobeth says:

    “Appointing a special counsel would be a significant move — upgrading what has been a minor controversy to a serious investigation, because the Obama Justice Department would be devoting resources to investigating the White House”

    Well…yeah..Ya think?!

    There’s no time for that…what with all their resources devoted to putting our military and former administration’s interrogators on the rack for doing their jobs.

    Move along folks…nothing to see here…I mean we’re transparent…can’t you see that? (/sarc)

    I can’t help wondering just how bad it would be if this regime wasn’t so transparent.

    Me thinks our dear leader’s house of cards is about to show real foundation faults. Seems he is calling in the Repubs for a “closed door” meeting at the WH.

    Perhaps he may not have been too thrilled at the publicity he got the last time he tried to set the repubs straight, sooo breaking with the most transparent administration in history’s normal openness…he will put it behind closed doors (so no one but him has an official record of what transpires when the repubs takes him to task…on many levels)

    He’s got spot fires breaking out in all directions. I expect we’ll find him one day quivering under his desk in a fetal position….

    To borrow a well known phrase…His “chicken’s are coming home to roost!”

    We can only hope…however, I expect a lot of crap to come out of the WH before he finally gives up. Sort of like the finale at a fire works display before it all goes dark.

  3. proreason says:

    Tyranny

  4. JohnMG says:

    …..”We assure you that the Department of Justice takes very seriously allegations of criminal conduct by public officials……”

    THIS Justice Department??!!! Oh, my aching sides!!

  5. Reality Bytes says:

    With all the transparency in Obamaland, the hit “Mr. Celaphane” from Chicago shall be our Prez’ theme song. Here you go. Give it a minute for the refrain & you’ll get my point.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_Tkbi9f7xU&feature=related

  6. TwilightZoned says:

    Of this you can be sure…the “fall guy” is being put into place with an undoubtedly handsome payoff to his/her family for taking the fall…just in case.


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