By Carole on Jun 2, 2010
As often happens when government officials try to cover up their own wrong doing, the more they dodge and weave and lie the worse the situation becomes for them. In the case of the Sestak issue, the implausible explanation given by the Obama White House after over three months of stonewalling is starting to unravel in the face of just a few days of scrutiny.
On Tuesday White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was forced to backtrack from the claim that Representative Joe Sestak (D-Pennsylvania) was offered a position on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board. The official White House response (a memo from White House Counsel Robert F. Bauer) stated, "Efforts were made in June and July of 2009 to determine whether Congressman Sestak would be interested in service on a Presidential or other Senior Executive Branch Advisory Board" and Mr. Sestak himself described his conversation with former President Bill Clinton by saying, "I heard presidential board and I think it was Intel." (source)
But at Tuesday’s White House briefing, Mr. Gibbs was confronted with the fact that the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board can only be comprised of individuals who are "outside the government." Since both the Obama administration and Mr. Sestak have stated that the congressman would have kept his seat in the House if he agreed to take the position on the board and drop out of the primary race, the explanation that the offer made was for a position on the PIAB becomes even less believable.
When pressed by reporters about how Mr. Sestak serving on the PIAB could have been possible while Sestak continued to serve in the House, Mr. Gibbs would only respond with, "I’d refer you to the memo." (source)
Ah, the memo. Six short paragraphs of unsubstantiated, self-serving claims. And the administration is now stuck with every word, in writing and on the record, as more facts come to light.
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