Obama's Sestak Memo: Nothing Improper
Republicans need to find another issue. White House Counsel Robert Bauer issued a memo (available here) on the Joe Sestak "job" talks today.
An unpaid, advisory position within the executive branch is not a job.
We found that, as the Congressman has publicly and accurately stated, options for Executive Branch service were raised with him. Efforts were made in June and July of 2009 to determine whether Congressman Sestak would be interested in service on a Presidential or other Senior Executive Branch Advisory Board, which would avoid a divisive Senate primary, allow him to retain his seat in the House, and provide him with an opportunity for additional service to the public in a high-level advisory capacity for which he was highly qualified. The advisory positions discussed with Congressman Sestak, while important to the work of the Administration, would have been uncompensated.
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