The White House is facing intense questioning and even accusations of bribery after an embarrassing revelation that a job was offered to get Democrat Joe Sestak to drop out of an important political race.
The Obama administration admitted Friday, it used former President Bill Clinton as a go-between to ease Sestak out of Pennsylvania's Senate primary by offering an advisory position. Sestak declined the offer and eventually defeated Obama-ally Sen. Arlen Specter in the race.
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The White House insists no laws were broken when Clinton offered Sestak the unpaid advisory position. Presidential Counsel Robert Bauer issued a two-page report Friday, with the same conclusion that no foul-play was involved.
Republicans, however, aren't satisfied.
"Regardless of what President Clinton or Congressman Sestak now say, it is abundantly clear that this kind of conduct is contrary to President Obama's pledge to change 'business as usual' and that his administration has engaged in the kind of political shenanigans he once campaigned to end," said Rep. Darrell Issa, the top Republican on the House Oversight Committee.
Rep. Issa sought a Department of Justice investigation of the offer, but was denied.
Under the proposed arrangement, Sestak would remain in the House while serving on an advisory board. The White House has power to offer such positions.
Bauer's report concluded no one in the Obama administration discussed the offer with Sestak.
He also pointed out that previous Democratic and Republican administrations, "motivated by the same goals, discussed alternative paths to service for qualified individuals also considering campaigns for public office" -- and that such dealings aren't illegal or unethical.
Sestak confirmed he was offered a job, but gave no other details. Specter hasn't commented on the ordeal.