Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Inquiring American's still want to know...

... about possible job offers to candidates to NOT run against White House endorsed candiates...

The Hill article
Judiciary Republicans want info from Holder on White House job talks

Two senior Republicans are demanding to know if the Justice Department played a role in administration job talks with Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) and Colorado Democratic Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff.

Reps. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.) on Tuesday sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder asking him to provide “any and all documents and correspondence relating” to talks with the two candidates.

“We believe these offers could violate federal statutes prohibiting the solicitation of certain public offices, promising government employment in exchange for political activity, or improper interference by Administration employees in political campaigns,” the two Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee wrote.

“We are alarmed to learn that what we believed to be an isolated incident of potentially criminal conduct now appears to be a pattern of potentially corrupt practices by the White House.”....

..... The Hatch Act makes it illegal for a federal employee to use his official “positions or authority” to interfere with or affect the result of an election, but legal experts argue that Obama officials would have had to know there were committing a crime before they
offered Sestak or Romanoff positions.

The letter to Holder is a necessary step before Smith can offer a “resolution of inquiry,” a parliamentary maneuver that must be voted on by all members of the committee, and, if passed, would require the administration to provide all documents, e-mails and phone records on the issue. Before he can offer the resolution in committee, Smith must
show that he formally requested the documents from Holder.

Smith last Friday told The Hill he intended to pursue the parliamentary move.

“Congress has a duty to the American people to investigate allegations of criminal conduct at the White House,” he said in a statement. “If the administration continues to stonewall Republicans about what really happened in the job offers to Rep. Sestak and Andrew Romanoff, we will pursue the truth by every available means.”....

.... House Judiciary Democrats in December voted down a GOP resolution of inquiry that would have required the Justice Department to provide Congress with information regarding the decision to transfer, detain and prosecute Guantanamo Bay detainees in the U.S.

The continued stonewalling is making the issue more suspicious each and every day that goes by.

xtnyoda, shalomed

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Blogger Locutisprime said...

Stone walling is what they do in Washington. It's just that the dems are better at it than the GOP.

Is this crap illegal? Surely it is. And both parties have been doing it for ages.

Nothing new here folk....move along.....

6:06 PM  

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