In a little-noticed passage Friday, the New York Times reported that Rep. Joe Sestak was not eligible for a place on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, the job he was reportedly offered by former President Bill Clinton. And indeed a look at the Board’s website reveals this restriction:Obama is up the proverbial creek.
The Board consists of not more than 16 members appointed by the President from among individuals who are not employed by the Federal Government. Members are distinguished citizens selected from the national security, political, academic, and private sectors.
As a sitting member of Congress, Sestak was not eligible for the job. And since the White House intended for Sestak to remain in his House seat, he would not have been eligible for the board after this November’s elections, provided he was re-elected to the House.
The statement from White House counsel Robert Bauer did not specifically mention the intelligence board, but speaking to reporters Friday, Sestak said of his conversation with Clinton, “At the time, I heard the words ‘presidential board,’ and that’s all I heard…I heard ‘presidential board,’ and I think it was intel.” In addition, the Times reported that “people briefed on the matter said one option was an appointment” to the intelligence board. But the White House could not legally have placed Sestak on the board.
Did the White House not know that? The apparent contradiction is sure to create more questions from Republicans who want an independent investigation of the affair. Why would the White House — normally pretty careful in such matters — offer Sestak a job he couldn’t take.
He lied in a carefully crafted "lawyerly" White House statement, and he is BUSTED!
Charles Krauthammer said, of the White House Press Release,
“I found the statement from the White House just unbelievably lawyerly, and I must say, deceptive.”
And now, the proof is here.
Yesterday, Chris Matthews said the BP Oil Leak reminded him of the Iranian Hostage Crisis situation which brought down the Carter Presidency.
For "Tingles" Matthews to have said that means that Obama was already shoulder-deep, and sinking.
This is much worse. This is Watergate stuff.
Obama is in trouble; the kind you can't get out of with any charm or parsing-of-words testimony.