Pew study exposes internal “no notes” Clinton legal policy: Obama’s Sestak defense?
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• Firefighting: This is the scramble inside the Counsel’s office and as well as other White House offices to put out the “fires” caused by X,Y or Z story in that day’s media. The response must be organized, roles assigned — and if there is a need for a legal voice in the response it is the Counsel’s office that supplies it. If in fact no record is kept of this, this leaves the White House with the task of assembling a timeline of events it has consciously chosen with a “no notes” policy not to record. Which could account for the length of time needed to assemble Bauer’s report.
On May 28, the Office of the White House Counsel — which had taken some ten weeks to answer the simple question of whether the Obama White House had offered what Congressman Sestak repeatedly called a “job” to lure him out of a Senate race — finally responded.
Not answered. Responded. The response used the passive voice. It hinted at “efforts made in June and July of 2009” to dissuade Sestak from the race — while Sestak insists there was only one brief phone call from Clinton. A glaring inaccuracy like this would also easily result from a “no notes” policy at the White House.
Based on the experience the American people have already had with the Clinton White House Counsel’s Office — where occupants by their own later admission deliberately set themselves up to dodge subpoenas by refusing to keep written records and take notes — and the Nixon White House Counsel’s Office, where detailed records were in fact kept and a presidential resignation followed — one can only ask:
What’s going on in this White House?
Who’s keeping the written record?
Is there a written record?
Or is the Obama White House run by Bill Clinton’s ex-aide doing right this minute exactly what the Clinton White House did years ago?
Which is to say: nothing. No notes. No written record. No nothing.
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