A new video shows Biden admitting he discussed a role for Buttigieg in his future administration, leading to some to question if Biden violated 18 U.S. Code 599.
Whoever, being a candidate, directly or indirectly promises or pledges the appointment, or the use of his influence or support for the appointment of any person to any public or private position or employment, for the purpose of procuring support in his candidacy shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if the violation was willful, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.
I did speak to Pete Buttigieg a couple of days ago to encouraged him to stay engaged because he has enormous talent and I indicated to him that if I became the nominee I’d be coming to ask him to be a part of an administration to be engaged in moving things forward.
Per PJMedia, Buttigieg dropped out on Sunday. If Biden’s timeline is accurate, that he offered Buttigieg a position in his administration a couple days before his Monday interview, which wolud be Saturday, then Biden may have convinced Buttigieg to drop out in exchange for that position.
Even if Biden offered him that position on Sunday, after Buttigieg dropped out, the offer came before Buttigieg officially endorsed Biden on Monday.
Just finished 1 on 1 interview with @JoeBiden after his event @TexasSouthern Asked him about reports @PeteButtigieg and @amyklobuchar will endorse him tonight in #Dallas. #Biden wouldn't confirm but did say this ⬇️ #khou11 #HtownRush pic.twitter.com/Acer6Vghul
— Marcelino Benito (@MarcelinoKHOU) March 2, 2020
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