Smoking Gun In White House-Romanoff Bribery Scandal

Liberty Alerts, Judicial Watch, Tom Fitton

The White House tried desperately — and failed miserably — to wiggle out of the Joe Sestak bribery scandal last Friday by releasing a memo claiming that impeached President Bill Clinton, at the behest of the Obama White House, merely offered a “non-paid” position in the Obama administration to Sestak.

But there should not be any way to wiggle out of another bribery scandal involving Colorado Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff; not with the revelations that exploded into the news on Wednesday.

According to Politico:

The White House acknowledged Thursday that it made overtures to Colorado U.S. Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff about a possible administration job as it was trying to steer him away from a primary challenge against Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet.

The statement by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs came the day after Romanoff revealed that White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina offered to consider Romanoff for three posts as an alternative to his Senate campaign…The revelation comes just days after the White House confirmed that Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel had enlisted former President Bill Clinton to approach Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) about an unpaid position in the administration if he dropped his primary campaign against Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.).

Romanoff actually released an email from Messina to the press — dated Sept. 11, 2009, — listing the three jobs that “would be available” if Romanoff were not running for the Senate against Obama’s handpicked candidate. Two of them were with United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the other was the position of director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.

So we have the name of a top White House official (Jim Messina, who is Rahm Emanuel’s deputy), three specific “paid” jobs offered and clear evidence of the offer. How in the world will Attorney General Eric Holder find a way to ignore this massive scandal? (Click here to read last week’s Update, which includes a detailed discussion of some of the criminal laws likely violated by the Obama gang.)

Meanwhile, if White House officials thought the quick and dirty memo (authored by White House Counsel Robert Bauer) was going to settle the Sestak matter, they thought wrong. It raised more questions than it answered.

First off, as noted by CNS News:

[The White House memo] says that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel recruited Bill Clinton to offer Sestak an unpaid position on a presidential advisory board while remaining a U.S. congressman.

But as a House member, Sestak could not serve on an Executive Branch board. As the White House Web site says, the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board “consists of not more than 16 members appointed by the President from among individuals who are not employed by the Federal Government.” (Emphasis added [in CNS article])

Moreover, the memo mentions that “efforts” were made in June and July 2009 to persuade Sestak to take the position. However, both Sestak and the memo reference one conversation with Clinton. What about the other “efforts?”

There has been no explanation regarding what President Obama knew or didn’t know about the Sestak offer.

As I said, there are many questions about the underlying alleged crimes and, now, the cover-up. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs answered none of them during a useless press conference on Tuesday. When questioned on the matter, Gibbs simply stated, “Whatever is in the memo is accurate” — which, as I’ve pointed out, is impossible given the inconsistencies in the document.

As I said in my statement to the press, it is a disgrace that Holder has not appointed a special counsel to investigate these scandals. Perhaps now that we have evidence of the White House’s lawbreaking, the calls will grow too loud for even Holder to ignore.

Judicial Watch is doing what it can to independently investigate this matter.

The White House has admittedly offered federal appointments in order to persuade at least two candidates to drop out of campaigns. This Obama White House sees the federal government as a mere tool to be used for the benefit of the Democrat Party. Seeing government and the “Party” as one in the same may be the rule in some countries, but we have a different standard here in the United States. If you violate these standards, you ought to go to jail.

Much more to come…

Used with the permission of Judicial Watch.

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