by Charles Lemos, Thu May 27, 2010 at 04:01:47 PM EDT
I have no idea who Jonathan Bernstein is but today he has guest written a column for Ezra Klein in the Washington Post suggesting that if the GOP regains the House come November that then impeachment proceedings against President Barack Obama are likely. As evidence, Mr. Bernstein cites comments made by uber conservative radical Rep. Darrell Issa of California over the Sestak brouhaha.
"It's very clear that allegation is one that everyone from Arlen Spector to Dick Morris has said is in fact a crime, and could be impeachable," said Rep. Issa, who is threatening to file an ethics compliant if Rep. Sestak doesn't provide more details about the alleged job offer.
Congressman Issa, the top Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform committee, also wants the Justice Department to name a special prosecutor to investigate whether the White House broke the law over the alleged job offer to Rep. Sestak in return for his dropping out of the Pennsylvania Senate primary. I have to ask why do we need a special prosecutor if the venerable Dick Morris has already told us a crime has been committed?
In all seriousness, I must be missing something because I am not sure I care whether Joe Sestak was offered a job to drop out of the Pennsylvania primary and I wholly unaware how such an offer, if made, broke any laws. It perhaps does not speak well of the Obama Administration ethically but I'd bet my bottom dollar that this trail would lead back to Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.
[UPDATE]The Hill has a related story noting the Congressman Issa has sent an email to his supporters with the subject line "The Sestak Affair - Obama's Watergate?"
The campaign e-mail says the allegations would amount to three felony charges of bribery and corruption.
"Congressman Sestak has continued to repeat his story whenever asked without varying from the original version. The White House however has arrogantly and wrongly assumed that they can sweep this matter under the rug," Issa, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, says in the e-mail.
"This may be the way business is done in Chicago, but it’s not the way things are done in our nation’s capitol [sic] and I am intent on getting to the bottom of this."
The congressman noted that Sestak has otherwise been mum on the details of the job offer, but added that it is "widely speculated" that Secretary of the Navy was the job in question.
"Joe Sestak realized that he made a mistake by letting the cat out of the bag. It’s a mistake that might end his bid for U.S. Senate and damage President Barack Obama," Issa continues. "He doesn’t want to make things worse than they are, so he’s sticking to his story to maintain his own credibility, but will not cooperate with investigators to bring charges against the guilty White House official.
"If he’s telling the truth, an investigation must take place and justice must be served. If he’s lying, then he should immediately resign the race for Senate."
Justice must be served? This isn't about the rule of law but about Rep. Issa seeking to destroy the Obama Presidency come hell or high water.