Do we have the Dates Correct? As pFitz Dives in Illinois’ Pay to Play Swamp.
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.