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Smith to Holder: Was DOJ Consulted on Job Offers?
Washington, D.C.--House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Constitution Subcommittee Ranking Member James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) today sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder requesting information about what role the Justice Department may have played in the job offers made to Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) and Colorado senatorial candidate Andrew Romanoff.
Ranking Members Smith and Sensenbrenner asked the Justice Department to provide “any and all documents and correspondence relating” to the Sestak and Romanoff job offers. Specifically, Smith and Sensenbrenner want to know if DOJ was consulted about the legal issues surrounding these offers before or after the offers were made.
Smith and Sensenbrenner: “We believe these offers could violate federal statutes prohibiting the solicitation of certain public offices, promising government employment in exchange for political activity, or improper interference by Administration employees in political campaigns. We are alarmed to learn that what we believed to be an isolated incident of potentially criminal conduct now appears to be a pattern of potentially corrupt practices by the White House.
“These latest allegations call into question the Department’s denial of repeated requests to appoint a Special Counsel to investigate these matters and raise the question of whether the Department advised the White House of the propriety of such conduct.
“The American people deserve to know the truth about the White House’s attempts to manipulate federal elections.”