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Andrew Romanoff job offers focus of House inquiry resolution

It's getting to be a full-time job tracing the fall-out from the job offers dangled by the White House for Andrew Romanoff.

According to Roll Call, House Republicans issued a resolution of inquiry last night demanding documents from the Justice Department on the White House's role in making job offers to Romanoff and Representative Joe Sestak, reportedly to deter them from Democratic Senate Democratic primaries.

The resolution, filed by House Republicans Lamar Smith of Texas and Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin, gives the Justice Department fourteen days to provide copies of "any document, record, memo, correspondence or other communication" relating to possible job offers made to Sestak and Romanoff.

"For an administration that prides itself on transparency, the Obama administration is remarkably secretive when it comes to possible criminal misconduct by White House officials," Smith said. "The American people are rightly concerned about what appears to be a pattern of corrupt practices by White House officials who sought to manipulate Democratic Senate primaries by offering candidates jobs in the administration....If the administration has nothing to hide, why not provide Congress with the requested documents and restore integrity to our election process?"

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