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Chicago Daily Observer 23 April 2019 No Comment

November 3 2008: Barack Obama Elected President

November 3, 2008: Tom Balanoff negotiates sale of Senate seat with Rod Blagojevich

Blagojevich met with a labor union official who said he was in contact with Obama and had suggested his adviser Valerie Jarrett be appointed to the Senate seat.

December 1, 2008: Obama meets Blagojevich in Philadelphia




December 8, 2008: Emanuel called Blagojevich Chief of Staff John Harris again and later told the FBI that Obama said on Dec. 7 that he was concerned about Senate Candidate D being appointed. Someone from the Tribune tells Blagojevich that the Feds are taping him

December 9, 2008: Blagojevich arrested at his home

December 11, 208: Obama claims no contact with Blagojevich administration, neglecting to mention Tom Balanoff or Rahm Emanuel

December 18, 2008: Obama is interviewed by 4 Federal agents concerning his attempts to negotiate the sale of the Illinois Senate seat.

Dec 23 2008: Emanuel leaves the country on a “long planned” family trip to Africa

December 24, 2008: White House counsel Greg Craig releases results of his “internal investigation” and declares that Everybody behaved appropriately in the Obama Administration’s negotiations to buy the Senate Seat.

Jan 27, 2010: Skadden Arps hires Greg Craig

August 17. 2010 Mistrial declared in Blagojevich first trial.

June 27, 2011 Blagojevich convicted in second trial

October 22, 2012 Patrick Fitgerald Hired by Skadden Arps working for Greg Craig.

January 18, 2013 Patrick Fitzgerald appointed to University of Illinois Board of Trustees.

December 6, 2016 FBI (again) served FOIA requests to produce transcripts of their interview with President-elect Obama concerning his attempts to secure an appointment for US Sentate.

April 24, 2018 Greg Craig resigns from Skadden Arps, with questions about his relationship to lobbying for Ukraine and working with Paul Manafort.

March 19, 2019 Greg Craig faces indictment over illegally lobbying for Ukraine

April  11, 2019 Greg Craig indicted

April 23, 2019 Greg Craig trial scheduled for August 12, 2019 for lying to the Justice Department about his ties to the Ukrainian government.

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