Dems block Sestak probe 

House Democrats Wednesday blocked an attempt by Republicans to find out more about the job offer the White House made to Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa., in an attempt to get him to drop out of Pennsylvania’s Senate Democratic primary.
The House Judiciary Committee voted 15-12 to reject a motion that would have directed the Justice Department to  turn over all material related to the job offer, which the White House said was made by former President Bill Clinton and did not involve a paid position.
Rep. Darrell Issa, the top Republican on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has led the charge to find out exactly what happened and has threatened to take the matter to the House ethics panel.
He may have no other recourse, now that Judiciary has rejected the inquiry.
“Any high ground of transparency and accountability that House Democrats once claimed to stand on has been surrendered,” Issa said in a statement following the vote. “For all the talk, and it is talk, about living up to a higher standard of conduct and disclosure, time and again, the Democratic Majority takes the path of least resistance and political expediency instead of fulfilling the American people’s right to know the truth about unethical and possibly criminal conduct. Ultimately, House Democrats will have to convince the American people that their standard of secrecy, backroom deals and preservation of the status quo without a check-and-balance is the best governing vision moving forward.”
Democrats called the resolution a political ploy.
Sestak rejected the job offer and went on to beat Sen. Arlen Specter, who had recently switched to the Democratic party from the GOP and was considered highly vulnerable.

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