by Frank Holmes, reporter
Right now, 24 people are running for the Democratic presidential nomination — but only one of them could land the last two Democrat presidents in jail.
Former Rep. Joe Sestak, D-P.A., has accused former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton of committing felonies… at the expense of his political career.
He’s a career military man who put service to his country first, whose honesty might have cost him two elections. But it might just reopen a scandal that Obama and Clinton thought they had buried long ago.
Sestak could finger the last two Democrats to sit in the Oval Office for bribery and trying to undermine American democracy.
He graduated from Annapolis and became a vice admiral in the Navy before being elected to Congress in 2007 and 2009. Then, Sestak decided to run for U.S. Senate.
The Obama administration had a different idea.
Sen. Arlen Specter, R-P.A., had become liberal and decided to switch parties. That would give Obama a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, which Democrats could use to force a left-wing agenda through Congress.
Sestak thought Pennsylvania deserved better than a phony like Specter. But Obama wanted Sestak out of the race, pronto.
So, he and Bill Clinton got together and made Sestak an offer they thought he couldn’t refuse.
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Clinton told Sestak that Obama would appoint him to an influential White House advisory position… if he’d agree to drop out of the primary and back Specter.
Instead, Sestak went public.
“Last summer, I received a phone call from President Clinton,” Sestak said. “White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanue had spoken with him about my being on a Presidential Board while remaining in the House of Representatives.”
“I said no,” Sestak said. The only thing he cared about was whether running was “the right thing to do for Pennsylvania working families.”
Sestak said Clinton told him that “he knew I’d say that,” and “the conversation moved on.”
Sestak, who earned a PhD at Harvard, is no dummy; he knew how serious his allegations were.
Republicans threatened to start Congressional hearings and even mentioned impeachment.
It’s illegal to offer a bribe to stop someone from running for office, which means both Obama and Clinton could both be in hot water.
“Those involved could be guilty of violating federal laws,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said at the time. “At least four of them.”
One federal law says “whoever, directly or indirectly, promises any employment, position…or other benefit” in “connection with any primary election” faces a fine or a year in prison, “or both.”
Another makes says that anyone who “uses his official authority for the purpose of interfering with, or affecting, the nomination or the election of any candidate for…Member of the Senate…shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.”
Eventually, Obama’s White House Counsel flat-out admitted that they offered Sestak a position, because “Democratic Party leadership had a legitimate interest in averting a divisive primary fight.”
To make matters worse for Obama, he pulled the same move in September 2009, having his deputy chief of staff offer a position to a Colorado Democrat named Andrew Romanoff if he’d drop out of the U.S. Senate primary.
“There is simply no wiggle room for Sestak,” said Fitton. “Either he lied or someone at the White House committed a felony.”
But after Sestak went public, a funny thing happened: He clammed up and refused to give any more details.
Republicans saw the long arm of the Clinton-Obama machine gettiing its claws into him and telling him to shut up—or else.
Michelle Malkin’s website said that Sestak may have had a “Godfather” experience and “woke up next to a horse’s head one day.”
Still, Sestak refused to step aside. He beat Specter like a drum in the primary.
Then the Democratic Party pulled its support and let him lose to Republican Pat Toomey.
Inside the beltway, establishment Republicans let the bribery scandal slide — former President George W. Bush had done the same thing a few years earlier.
Sestak ran for Senate again in 2016, but that year the Clinton Machine made sure he didn’t even win the nomination.
They thought they buried Sestak forever.
Now, he’s running for president—and he could reopen the whole can of worms.
Of course, the most explosive Democrat running for president wasn’t invited to the debate stage this week. But that hasn’t stopped Sestak from speaking out.
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“I had worn the cloth of our nation for over 31 years in peace and war,” Sestak said.
He’s not afraid to fight one more time — and the Obama/Clinton syndicate is shaking in its boots.
Frank Holmes is a reporter for The Horn News. He is a veteran journalist and an outspoken conservative that talks about the news that was in his weekly article, “On The Holmes Front.”