The underlying message, "Trust us, we are transparent."
This past weekend, on "Fox News Sunday," Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., called for a federal investigation. "They're now talking about a job that President Clinton himself should have known Sestak couldn't take," he said. "It's the reason the FBI needs to investigate this. An independent -- independent from me, independent from the president -- needs to investigate and get to the bottom of this and -- so we can all move on."
While the White House has attempted to exonerate itself in the Sestak incident, Blagojevich remains mired in scandal. Jury selection begins today for his corruption trail.
Blagojevich has predicted that he will be acquitted if the jury has the opportunity to hear the entirety of his conversations taped via federal wiretap.
Can you imagine 500 hours of political talk?
The 24-count indictment against Blagojevich includes charges of wire fraud, racketeering and attempted extortion. The prosecution will attempt to portray Blagojevich as having used his position of power to enrich himself. Prosecutor U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said, "The most cynical behavior in all of this, the most appalling, is the fact that Gov. Blagojevich tried to sell the appointment to the Senate seat vacated by President-elect Obama."
The defense has subpoenaed a number of politicians, including Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill. The defense team of Sam Adam and Sam Adam Jr. has stated they will argue that Blagojevich's actions were not for personal gain, but instead represented run-of-the-mill political horse-trading.
Run-of-the-mill political horse-trading. This phrase is reminiscent of the last lines of Bauer's memo noting that prior administrations have also "discussed alternative paths to service for qualified individuals also considering campaigns for public service."
Instead of changing the status quo and providing transparency as then-candidate Obama promised, this claim makes them appear opaque.
Too bad there's no federal investigation of the Clinton offer. Who knows? Maybe there's 500 hours of tape somewhere parsing just what he means by "job offer."
Maybe the Obama administration's motto should be, "Trust us, we are opaque."
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