Ranking member on Judiciary considering options to probe Sestak offer details

June 1, 2010 03:54

The ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee said Monday that he’s studying options for investigating the Sestak affair if the administration does not responded to calls for an inquiry.

By Bridget Johnson at The Hill

Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) said Friday that former President Bill Clinton had conveyed an offer of an administration post if Sestak did not run against Sen. Arlen Specter for the Democratic Senate nomination. Sestak said he immediately brushed off the offer, and White House counsel Bob Bauer released a memo Friday saying “we have concluded that allegations of improper conduct rest on factual errors and lack a basis in the law.”

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) said on Fox News that he and 13 other Republican members sent the letter to FBI Director Robert Mueller on Friday requesting an investigation because “it’s not really up to White House to decide whether they did anything wrong or not.”

Smith also doubted the ability of the Department of Justice to conduct an “objective investigation,” saying that the department was “too politicized.”

The congressman said a probe was warranted because of “so many suspicions that have been raised.”


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