By Daniel Foster, National Review
Obama’s legal memo doesn’t match up with Sestak’s story
A tip of the cap to White House counsel on preparing a memo that, on its face, would appear to let a bit of air out of charges of wrongdoing. But some of it just isn’t scanning.
Let’s look back at what Rep. Sestak told local TV host Larry Kane in February.
KANE: "Were you ever offered a federal job to get out of this race?"
KANE: "Was it secretary of the Navy?"
SESTAK: "No comment"
Later Kane asks again, "Was there a job offered to you by the White House?" to which Sestak nods and replies "yes, someone offered it."
Kane asks "It was big right?" Sestak replies, "Let me "no comment" on it."
"Was it high-ranking?" Kane asked. Sestak said yes.
That was February. Since then, Sestak has mostly "no commented." But as recently as last Sunday, he confirmed: "I was offered a job, and I answered that."
Contrast that with the White House memo, which says that Sestak was considered only for non-compensated "advisory positions" and that he had no direct contact with White House officials.
But Sestak confirms to Kane that the White House offered him a job, or at least he fails to disabuse Kane of that notion in his affirmative answer. And note Sestak assents that he was offered a high-ranking federal job. Each word here is important.