More From That Press Conference

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on May 27, 2010

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I am just going to let the following passage speak for itself:

“I can assure the public that nothing improper took place,” Mr. Obama says vaguely in response to questions about the issue of whether top White House aides offered Representative Joe Sestak an administration job if he would drop out of the Democratic primary against Senator Arlen Specter, the Republican-turned-Democrat. In refusing, Mr. Sestak ultimately bucked the White House and establishment Democrats by winning the contest a few weeks ago. (Mr. Sestak won’t say what the job was. Mr. Gibbs has said all conversations were appropriate. Republican senators on the Judiciary Committee yesterday demanded a special prosecutor be appointed.)

Jeff Zeleny notes: The White House has clumsily danced around the issue of whether Representative Sestak was offered a job to keep him out of the race. But until today, the president has not been directly asked. He shed little light on the matter, but there would be an “official response shortly on the Sestak issue.”

The president’s comments seemed to give credence to a theory that lawyers are investigating the matter inside the White House.

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