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Mukasey: Special prosecutor might be needed in Sestak 'job offer' case

At a Wednesday night reception for the launch of Encounter Broadsides, a series of conservative pamphlets on various political issues, I asked former attorney general Michael Mukasey what should be done to figure out whether Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Penn.) is telling the truth about a mysterious "job offer" from the White House that was meant to coax him out of his run against Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Penn.)

"It seems to me that if the offer came from the White House, you need a special prosecutor," Mukaskey said. "People were railing on me for months, demanding a special prosecutor for this, a special prosecutor for that. But here's a case where ... well, he hasn't said what happened."

Mukasey suggested that there were two extreme scenarios in the Sestak story, one that might not be a big deal, and one that would require a real investigation. "The least bad case," Mukasey said, "is that the guy's 20 points down, and everybody says you don't want to do this and bloody up a candidate to no end. You want to do something, we can find something for you. But to call somebody in and tell them, 'Look, you bow out and we'll offer you a job' is very serious. No rational prosecutor should indict unless it's that blatant.’ "

By David Weigel  |  May 27, 2010; 10:56 AM ET
Categories:  Scandal  
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