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White House: No Laws Broken In Sestak 'Job Offer'

The White House has released its findings in how it handled an alleged job offer to Rep. Joe Sestak if he would end his challenge to Sen. Arlen Specter in the Pennsylvania primary.

The conclusion:  no laws were violated.

Specter, seeking a sixth term, had been a Republican until switching parties in April 2009, giving the Obama administration a critical vote.  Specter had been endorsed by the president, and White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, wanted Specter to sail to the Democratic nomination without opposition.  Sestak, of course, had other ideas, and stayed in the race.  He defeated Specter in the May 18 primary.

In a two-page memo released to the press this morning, White House Counsel Bob Bauer wrote, "We have concluded that allegations of improper conduct rest on factual errors and lack a basis in the law."

The memo confirms what was reported by the New York Times' Peter Baker, that Emanuel used former President Bill Clinton as an intermediary to make the offer to Sestak, in order to "avoid a divisive Senate primary."  White House staff never discussed the matter with Sestak.

In addition, the memo states the rumor that Sestak was offered the job of Secretary of the Navy is "false."

Click here to read the White House memo in full.



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