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Update: Sestak Story Now Making Headlines

Say goodbye to Richard Blumenthal and Rand Paul. The Joe Sestak story is officially the hot topic in the news cycle.

RealClearPolitics spoke to Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), ranking member on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, this morning. RCP asked him about the controversy surrounding Rep. Joe Sestak, the Democratic nominee in Pennsylvania's Senate race. Sestak has said numerous times, most recently on "Meet the Press," that he was offered a job by the White House to drop out of the primary race against Specter. The White House has dodged questions about the matter until recently. Yesterday, Obama's senior adviser David Axelrod said "nothing inappropriate happened." White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs gave the same response on Sunday's "Face the Nation."

Rep. Issa told me "clearly a crime has been committed" and says he will pressure the White House to clear up the issue. Issa says he will also pressure Rep. Sestak to live up to the Navy ethics code and the House ethics code.

Issa says Sestak is not the "target" because he has "truthfully answered" a question. Issa also says if true, the White House has committed "crimes" and "felonies."

Since we spoke to Issa this morning, he has been on FOX News AND MSNBC to discuss the matter. He even went as far to describe the "crimes" as impeachable offenses. He is referring to what former Clinton adviser Dick Morris said on last night's "Hannity."

Joe Scarborough and NBC's Chuck Todd went at it this morning on "Morning Joe" over the allegations:

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By the way, the Justice Department has denied Rep. Issa's request for special counsel or an investigation.

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