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The Obama administration’s apparent attempt to bribe Rep. Joe Sestak with a plum federal appointment if he dropped out of the race against Sen. Arlen Specter is a simmering scandal that’s threatening to boil over.
Republicans, and even some Democrats, want to know more about Sestak’s claim that the White House tried — and failed — for force him out of the race with the job offer.
In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, seven GOP members of the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday demanded an investigation into whether or not the bribe offer violated Federal law.
The letter said Sestak’s claim is “very serious and, if true, suggest a possible violation of various federal criminal laws intended to safeguard our political process from the taint of bribes and political machine manipulation.”
Republican Senators Jeff Sessions, Jon Kyl, Lindsey Graham, Tom Coburn, Chuck Grassley, John Cornyn and Orrin Hatch signed the letter.
Over in the House, GOP Rep. Darrell Issa sent our an email to supporters calling the situation: “The Sestak Affair — Obama’s Watergate?”
Republicans aren’t the only ones raising questions. Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, a Democratic leader, said both Sestak and the White House need to come clean on the bribe.
“I actually think the White House and Joe Sestak should be a little more detailed and put this behind them,” Rendell said in a Wednesday press conference.
Senate Majority Dick Durbin also said the White House needs to provide more details.
But the White House refuses to do so.