The House GOP leader weighs in:
WASHINGTON, DC – House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement in strong support of ongoing efforts by Reps. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Lamar Smith (R-TX), and James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) to demand answers and relevant information from the White House about its use of federal appointments to manipulate elections:
“Two Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate have now come forward to reveal that the White House initiated discussions of government jobs in order to facilitate their withdrawal from their respective races and boost the prospects of President Obama’s favored candidates. Only after these candidates spoke out did the White House address the allegations, and in the case of Rep. Sestak, it took months to do so. The White House has unsurprisingly acquitted itself of any wrongdoing while leaving behind far more questions than answers.
“The fastest way for the American people to get the answers they deserve about this troubling pattern of conduct is for the White House to come clean and disclose its use of federal appointments to manipulate elections. If President Obama is serious about keeping his commitment to ‘creating an unprecedented level of openness in government,’ he should direct his administration to release any and all relevant information that will help the American people understand what happened on his watch. Americans deserve better than a White House that seeks the public trust with promises of openness and then exploits that trust for political gain.
“I want to thank and commend Darrell Issa, Lamar Smith, and James Sensenbrenner for their tireless efforts to uncover the truth and protect the public trust.”