“There’s a crime called misprision of a felony. Misprision of a felony is when you don’t report a crime. So you’re getting into pretty deep areas here in these considerations.” — U.S. Senator Arlen Specter on March 12, 2010 http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/18/usc_sec_18_00000201—-000-.html
Specter now is buzzing into the chain saw- should be pretty@!http://spectator.org/archives/2010/03/16/specter-opens-door-on-white-ho At Friday’s White House briefing, press secretary Robert Gibbs was asked, for the fifth time in less than three weeks, about Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak’s charge that the White House offered Sestak a high-ranking job if Sestak would drop his challenge to Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania. And for the fifth time, Gibbs refused to answer the question of whether the White House offered a bribe to protect the fortunes of a key political ally.
Sestak’s charge is a serious one that could potentially involve criminal conduct on the part of someone in the administration. And Sestak, while not offering any new details, is standing by his story. “Something happened last July before I got in the race,” he said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program March 9. When he was asked about it on the radio program, Sestak continued, “I answered it honestly; I just said yes, but I didn’t go beyond that. And actually, Joe, I don’t think I should. That’s politics.” Just to clarify, Sestak said, of the radio interview, “They said to me, have you been offered a job not to get in the race, or to get in the race? And I said yes.”
The story started on February 18, when Sestak told a talk radio host that the offer had come last summer, when Sestak was considering a run against Specter. Sestak, a retired Navy admiral, was asked whether he was offered the position of Secretary of the Navy. “No comment,” Sestak said. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the White House “strongly denied” Sestak’s allegation.
On February 23, Gibbs was asked whether he had “any comment” on Sestak’s charge. “I was traveling for a couple of days, as you know,” Gibbs answered. “I have seen some stuff that he said, but I have not looked into this.”
Later in the briefing, a reporter pointed out that the White House had “vociferously” denied the story. “When you said, ‘I haven’t looked into this,'” the reporter asked Gibbs, “I want to make sure you’re not contradicting that denial.”
Anyone who is a political junkie will love the American Spectator intrigue story. The sniffers are coming out for another Watergate?http://spectator.org/archives/2010/03/16/specter-opens-door-on-white-ho
Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/Robert-Gibbs-and-the-Sestak-Stonewall-87567892.html#ixzz0iAAa0dup