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Press Release Published: May 27, 2010

Issa Statement Following President Obama’s Press Conference

WASHINGTON. D.C. – House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) released the following statement today regarding President Obama’s assurance that nothing “inappropriate” happened regarding allegations made by Pennsylvania Senate Democratic nominee and three-star Navy Admiral Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) that someone inside the Obama White House offered him a job in exchange for his withdrawal from the PA Senate Primary race:

“For more than three months, a sitting United States Congressman and three-star Admiral has said unequivocally that someone inside the Obama Administration offered him a job in exchange for his withdrawal from the Pennsylvania Senate Primary.  Hopefully, the pending response President Obama referred to will detail what conversations were had with Congressman Sestak.  If what President said is true and nothing ‘improper’ took place, Admiral Sestak’s credibility will be called into significant question.  If the President’s response is insufficient or contradicted, the situation will only escalate.”

05-27-10_Obama_News_Conference Fox News White House Correspondent Major Garrett Questions President Obama

“There will be an official response shortly on the Sestak issue, which, I hope will answer your questions.  You will get it from my Administration, so, and it will be coming out, when I say shortly I mean shortly, I don’t mean weeks or months…I can assure the public that nothing improper took place, but as I said, there will be a response shortly on that issue.”