Justice Dept Should Probe Alleged White House Offer to Rep. Sestak, Legal Experts Say

Fred Lucas

Legal experts and government watchdog groups cited five federal laws that would have been violated if a White House official offered Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) an administration job, as Sestak has claimed, in exchange for his dropping his Pennsylvania Democratic primary challenge against Sen. Arlen Specter (D).

Further, some believe the Justice Department should open an investigation into the matter.

Specter has said in interviews that both the White House and Sestak could be guilty of crimes if the job offer was made in exchange for quitting the race. Someone in the White House potentially could be charged with bribery, Specter said. The senator also said that Sestak could possibly be charged for not reporting a felony.

“I don’t know if I would use the word bribery, but offering a federal job in exchange for a political favor – whether it’s bribery – is against federal law,” Hans von Spakovsky, a former Justice Department attorney, told CNSNews.com.

The charge was made by a credible person, Spakovsky said, as Sestak is a retired Navy admiral and a member of Congress.

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