Who in the White House Authorized a Bribe

Posted by Caleb on April 2, 2010 · Comments

After watching Obama twist arms, beg,
borrow and steal to pass ObamaCare, it may come as no surprise to some
that Obama’s administration has offered federal jobs for political
purposes to two Democratic candidates. What ought to catch people’s
attention is that this action constitutes a federal crime.

Did Barack Obama or members of his
administration directly violate federal law by offering federal jobs to
Rep. Joe Sestak and former Colorado legislator Andrew Romanoff? The best
way to answer these and a myriad of other ethical questions is for
Congress to join Rep. Darrell Issa in calling for the appointment of a
special prosecutor to investigate this corruption.

Title 18, Chapter 11, Section 211 of the
United States Code states that “Whoever solicits or receives …
any….thing of value, in consideration of the promise of support or use
of influence in obtaining for any person any appointive office or place
under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned
not more than one year, or both.”

Obama is practicing Chicago Style Politics

The Obama administration has been accused
by two Democratic primary candidates, Joe Sestak and Andrew Romanoff, of
offering them high profile jobs. The jobs allegedly offered included
the Secretary of the Navy and a position within the U.S. Agency for
International Development. In return for these favors the two would
withdraw from their Senate challenges to Obama’s allies, Sen. Arlen
Specter in Pennsylvania and Sen. Michael Bennet in Colorado.

The Denver Post, hardly a right-wing
newspaper, reported that “Jim Messina, President Barack Obama’s deputy
chief of staff and a storied fixer in the White House political shop,
suggested a place for Romanoff might be found in the administration and
offered specific suggestions, according to several sources who described
the communication to The Denver Post. Romanoff turned down the
overture, which included mention of a job at USAID, the foreign aid
agency, sources said.”

The White House subsequently denied the
story and claimed that no job was offered. But with no investigation
into this corruption, how will we know how deep the rabbit hole runs?

In February, Pennsylvania Congressman Joe
Sestak launched a new charge of bribery by accusing the Obama White
House of offering him the Secretary of the Navy job in exchange for his
agreeing to abandon his race against Specter. The Philadelphia Inquirer
reports that this exchange occurred during a TV interview with Comcast
anchor Larry Kane: “‘Was it secretary of the Navy?’ Kane asked. ‘No
comment,’ Sestak said.’Was it [the job] high-ranking?’ Kane asked.
Sestak said yes, but added that he would ‘never leave’ the Senate race
for a deal.”

Sestak has later confirmed that yes, he was
offered a job, but he has been unwilling to go into greater details.
After stonewalling and avoiding the question for weeks, White House
Press Secretary Robert Gibbs stated that he talked to people in the
White House about the claim and that, “I’m told whatever conversations
have been had are not problematic.” He added that the incident is “in
the past.”

We hate to rain on Mr. Gibbs’ parade, but
the incident is hardly “in the past.” If the president of the United
States or someone high up in his administration committed a felony the
public deserves to know about it. Whoever committed that felony must be
brought to justice. This administration is no stranger to corruption, as
witnessed by the billions in sweet deals to purchase Congressional
votes for ObamaCare.

Obama even tried to influence Democratic
Congressman Jim Matheson, who voted against the initial health bill, by
appointing his brother Scott M. Matheson, Jr. to the Tenth Circuit Court
of Appeals. While this corruption is ill fitting for the White House,
these incidents pale in comparison to the most recent allegations. The
offering of a federal job in order to affect an election constitutes a
direct violation of federal law and must be investigated.

Fortunately for those of us who still
believe in the rule of law, Rep. Darell Issa, the top Republican on the
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has called for a
special prosecutor to probe these allegations. Congressman Issa is
confident that a special prosecutor will be appointed. “What you have is
a credible allegation by a member of Congress of a felony,” Issa told
Fox News. “It is a felony to offer somebody a federal job in order to
get them to affect an election.”

We are watching our very system of
government corrupted before our very eyes. We encourage all Americans
who still believe in our Constitution and the rule of law to join us and
Rep. Issa in calling for a special prosecutor to investigate these
crimes of the Obama administration.

By Floyd and Mary Beth Brown, The White
House Watch

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