Boehner wants more details on job discussions with Senate candidates

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) called Thursday for Obama administration officials to detail "any and all relevant information" about its contact with Senate candidates in regards to jobs. 

The top House Republican backed two top ranking members of committees in their effort to push the White House to detail its contact with Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) and Colorado Democrat Andrew Romanoff about their primary challenges to sitting Democratic senators. 

"The fastest way for the American people to get the answers they deserve about this troubling pattern of conduct is for the White House to come clean and disclose its use of federal appointments to manipulate elections," Boehner said in a statement. "If President Obama is serious about keeping his commitment to ‘creating an unprecedented level of openness in government,’ he should direct his administration to release any and all relevant information that will help the American people understand what happened on his watch."

Boehner's first comment on the issue comes after the White House admitted that Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina contacted Romanoff to discuss three administration jobs as Romanoff was waging a primary challenge to Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.).

The administration also admitted dispatching former President Bill Clinton to discuss options with Sestak as he was preparing an ultimately successful challenge to Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.).

Boehner said these disclosures didn't go far enough in making known the nature of those conversations, though. 

"The White House has unsurprisingly acquitted itself of any wrongdoing while leaving behind far more questions than answers," he said. 

In that vein, the GOP leader supported a letter sent by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, to White House Counsel Bob Bauer requesting all documentation on White House contact with Senate candidates.

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