Hail to the Chief arrogance corruption. The White House has been stonewalling the press and Congressional inquiries into allegations that they offered Joe Sestak a high level job if he dropped out of the Pennsylvania Senate race. If true, a serious crime was committed. However, the Obama justice department refuses to investigate and the Democratically controlled Congress also refuses to convene an investigation.
The age of changing the way Washington works and the most transparent White House ever, appear to be as fictitious as the claims that no one earning under $250,000 will see one dime of a tax increase, the health care debate will be televised on CSPAN, and that there would be no lobbyists hired by the Obama administration. How Fleetwood Mac put it? Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies…
Ultra liberal Helen Thomas has railed against President Obama’s attempt to control the press saying that even “Nixon didn’t try to do that,” Thomas said. “They couldn’t control (the media). They didn’t try… I’m not saying there has never been managed news before, but this is carried to fare-thee-well–for the town halls, for the press conferences,” she said. “It’s blatant. They don’t give a damn if you know it or not. They ought to be hanging their heads in shame.”
There is no better example than the way Robert Gibbs has not only refused for months to answer questions about the alleged Sestak bribe, but has also mocked the media that has asked him to explain Sestak’s claim that he was offered a job to drop out of the Senate race. It’s the same level of arrogance displayed up and down the Obama administration, from Gibbs, to Axelrod, to Emanuel, to the President.
Dick Morris says that the Administrations arrogance and disregard for the law could be in for a rude awakening through something called universal jurisdiction:
The Pennsylvania Attorney General, Tom Corbett — who is the Republican nominee for Governor this year — has ample jurisdiction to convene a grand jury to get to the bottom of the scandal and answer the key questions:
- Who offered a job to Sestak?
- What job was proffered?
- And did the president know of the offer?
Corbett’s jurisdiction stems from the concept of universal jurisdiction, now accepted virtually everywhere… This principle gives jurisdiction to law enforcement in the place wherever any act occurred that may have resulted in a crime.
Thus, if Cong. Sestak was in one of his homes, in PA or VA, when he received a telephone call offering him a job if he withdrew from the PA Senate primary against Sen. Arlen Specter, law enforcement authorities in PA and VA — both of which have Republican state Attorneys General — can subpoena Cong. Sestak to testify before a state grand jury and compel him to answer the who, what, when, and where that everyone has a right to know.
The people of the United States and, particularly the people of Pennsylvania, want these questions to be answered honestly. They will not settle for a Democratic stonewall that refuses to let the truth emerge.
After months of stonewalling, Robert Gibbs said on Sunday that “nothing inappropriate” took place. If that was the case, then why did the White House refuse for months to answer questions about Sestak’s claim? Why has the Obama controlled justice department failed to open an investigation and prove that nothing inappropriate took place? Guilt? Arrogance? Contempt for the law? Take your pick, but the end result is the same. An allegation of serious misconduct has been made and the White House has ignored all requests to explain what took place with Joe Sestak.
It remains to be seen whether or not Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett chooses to investigate the alleged attempt to influence an election by bribery, because the Obama justice department has refused to do their job.
Either way, this story is likely not going away any time soon, and the arrogance that Robert Gibbs and the rest of the Obama administration has shown on this matter likely isn’t helping stop Obama’s free-fall in the polls.
Update: Shortly after posting this, I read on Hot Air that there are allegations that the White House offered other candidates jobs to drop out of races. Specifically, that Andrew Romanoff was offered a job to drop out of the Colorado Senate race against Michael Bennett:
The White House denied it at the time, natch, but the Post cited “several top Colorado Democrats” for corroboration. Just wondering: How many of these strangely similar allegations, any or all of which could conceivably violate federal law, are needed before Eric Holder decides it’s worth taking a closer look? That’s not to say anything will come of it — Michael Mukasey, Bush’s AG, explained to Dave Weigel today how easy it is to phrase these offers in a way that makes them hard to prosecute — but surely it’s worth finding out what, precisely, was said. In fact, Mukasey himself called for a special prosecutor. How about it, champ?