The White House counsel’s office failed to meet an already extended deadline for answering questions from House Republicans about Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.), who had said the White House offered him a high-level administration job in exchange for his not running against Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) in the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate primary.Of course, Robert Fibbs does what he does best--deflect, deny and evade.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs also declined to say on Monday whether the administration would support a special prosecutor investigating the matter. Gibbs instead referred back to a Mar. 16 statement in which he said “whatever” White House conversations occurred with Sestak, they were “not problematic.”
Legal experts and members of Congress have said that if the White House made the quid pro quo job offer to Sestak, it could constitute a federal crime. Specter, a former district attorney, said it could constitute bribery.
The lack of response from the White House counsel’s office makes it likely that Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, will formally ask Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special prosecutor to review the matter.
Issa can ask for the special prosecutor, but I think Holder is going to do his best to stonewall and roadblock. We've already seen how he's turned the InJustice Department into a political tool--threatening Bush Admin officials for protecting this nation while protecting radicals like the New Black Panthers (voter intimidation) and corrupt Democrats like Bill Richardson.