The Sestak Story – A Lie or a Felony?

Posted on May 27, 2010


A Lie or a Felony?


[There are one of two things going on here:] Either Joe Sestak is a liar and he’s not telling the truth about this, or somebody inside the White House committed a felony. 

[Federal law] 18Usc211 says that a government official cannot receive anything of value in return for a promise of government employment.

That is to say, you can’t offer somebody a government job in return for receiving anything that could be considered a benefit. Well, you know, a clear path to the nomination for your political ally is clearly something of benefit, so to resolve this, we got to have — Joe Sestak has got to step forward and say here’s who made the offer and here’s when they made the offer to me. And then the White House has to make that person available and explain why this isn’t a violation of law.

And you know, it’s not enough to depend upon the White House to simply to say, well you know, we’ve looked into it and there’s not a problem. Who said what to whom and when did they say it?And who knew about this offer being made? Did the president, for example, know about an effort to, in essence, bribe Joe Sestak [to get] out of the race? And we can’t allow stonewalling. The people of Pennsylvania and the American people deserve to have answers to these questions. 

What we do know was that Joe Sestak was asked the question, “were you offered a job in the administration in return for pulling out?” And he said, “yes.” So again, it goes back to the fundamental question, who said what to him? And he needs to be forthcoming in that. And then we need to check with the White House to have them make that person available and put their explanation on it. I doubt that it was said in sort of a hidden way so that Joe Sestak assumed. He was emphatic when he answered the question yes, he was offered a job, a post in the administration if he withdrew from the primary. That’s pretty straightforward and direct. Who made that offer to him?