Maybe it’s because the world is crumbling around this young and inexperienced administration, but the White House Memo on their job offer to Rep Joe Sestak is a clear admission of guilt. I have no idea who much they are paying their lawyers, but they aren’t worth a dime.
Here is a key passage from the WH memo containing two clear sentences:
 The White House Chief of Staff enlisted the support of former President Bill Clinton who agreed to raise with Congressman Sestak options of service on a Presidential or other Senior Executive Branch Advisory Board.  Congressman Sestak declined the suggested alternatives, remaining committed to his Senate candidacy.
In legal matters clarity is everything, and this one paragraph says it all. In sentence  we have the admission that Rahm Emanuel ‘enlisted‘ (voluntarily and knowingly) former Bill Clinton to raise ‘options of service‘ (job offers – plural) related to panels only the President can nominate a member to (Rahm can’t, Clinton can’t). That is the offer of the bribe.
The admission this was a bribe requiring a quid pro quo is found in the second sentence. The WH clearly stated Rep ‘declined the suggested alternatives‘, with the result being Sestak remained committed to his Senate candidacy. So therefore, if the WH offers had been accepted, Sestak would not have remained in the Senate race. QED: Bribe offered and declined, according to White House Council.
Only but the most die hard supporters, willing to corrupt anything to save this presidency, can ignore this clear admission of intent and result. Over at Huffington Post one legal scholar has had enough:
But it’s obvious that none of these folks have read the specific law involved. I, too, was entirely prepared to dismiss Rep. Darrell Issa’s (R-CA) allegations of impropriety as politically motivated exaggerations. The guy doesn’t exactly have a great track record, as a litany ofÂ bizarro actions proves.
But then I read the law. It’s about electioneering, not federal bribery per se. But it’s a felony, and it still counts:
18 U.S.C. Â§ 600 – Promise of employment orÂ other benefit for political activity
Whoever,Â directly or indirectly, promises any employment, position, compensation, contract, appointment,Â or other benefit, provided for or made possible in whole or in part by any Act of Congress, or any special consideration in obtaining any such benefit, to any person as consideration, favor, or reward forÂ any political activity or for the support of or opposition to any candidate or any political party in connection with any general or special election to any political office, or in connection withÂ any primary election or political convention or caucus held to select candidates for any political office, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.
Emphasis in original. Sadly for the White House, the fact one of the offers was an unpaid position is irrelevant. The fact President Bill Clinton was the indirect path of the offer is irrelevant. The White House basically issued a signed admission of guilt, including the admission they initiated this illegal activity with Rep Sestak of their own free will. A signed confession is hard to spin away.
BTW, someone over at the American Thinker has discovered that Joe Sestak is not any kind of white knight coming to clean up Washington. Seems Clinton and Sestak have some very shady ties in some well known scandals. H/T Reader MerlinOS2.
Update: Doug Ross has posted a reasonably good time line of events surrounding this mess.