GOP Rep Wants Investigation of White House

Pa. lawmaker offered job for dropping anti-Specter run: Issa
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 24, 2010 8:45 PM CDT

(Newser) – Republican Rep. Darrell Issa will demand an investigation into the White House, he tells CBS, if the Obama administration doesn’t elaborate on a claim by a Pennsylvania congressman that he was offered a job in return for not challenging Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter in a state primary. Rep. Joe Sestak made the comment last month; Issa and reporters have repeatedly queried the White House about it, without reply.

Issa, a Californian who’s the top Republican on the House Oversight committee, says such an offer violates federal laws on bribery, election interference and using jobs for political purposes. “If the public doesn't receive a satisfactory answer, the next step would be to call for a special prosecutor, which is well within the statute,” he said today.

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