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Attention National Media: President Obama Had Contact With Governor Blagojevich

Backyard Conservative 2 July 2010 One Comment

Here’s what President Obama said:

Obama also said “he had no interest in dictating the result of the selection process and he would not do so, either directly or indirectly through staff or others,” the report said, adding that Whitaker relayed that information to Peters.

And here is what actually happened in negotiating the Obama/Blagojevich purchase/sale of the Illinois Senate seat, (via the Backyard Conservative):

The picture could have been taken before, but the questions about a meeting between Obama and Blago remain. Big Journalism. That question is connected to another big one–the direct contradiction by SEIU Illinois leader Tom Balanoff of the President’s contention that he had no contact or communication with the Blago people on the Senate seat. Apparently in Obama’s mind communicating through Balanoff was not communicating.

Will the media ask them? The subject came up at the White House press briefing. (Was that Ann Compton of ABC Radio, who hails from suburban Chicago New Trier) Time, the Politico and Morning Joe have noticed.

The Obama Greg Craig whitewash report has been questionablefrom the get-go, and looks very questionable now:

Transition aides said it wasn’t until after Nov. 12 that Emanuel, a North Side congressman with close ties to Blagojevich, and Obama talked about a preferred list of Senate candidates, and the president-elect authorized Emanuel to relay it to the Illinois governor’s office.

Balanoff says the president called him on the day before the election, Nov. 3rd to say Jarrett was his choice and convey it to Blago. And are we really to believe that the president wouldn’t have discussed this with Rahmbo at that time? And that Rahmbo would have called Blago without the president’s knowledge to recommend Jarrett between Nov. 6-9th? In addition to that, Jarrett withdrew on Nov. 9th. What prompted that? And what about this:

The report also said that between Nov. 6 and Nov. 8, Louanner Peters, a Blagojevich deputy governor, tried to contact close Obama friend and former state public health director Eric Whitaker about the Senate vacancy.In that conversation, the report said, Peters said the governor’s office wanted to know who spoke for the president-elect regarding the Senate vacancy. Whitaker contacted Obama, and the president-elect said no one was authorized to speak for him on that issue, the report said.

Balanoff’s evidence is key, and contradicts the president. He’s under oath.

Will the president eventually have to testify?

And it’s not just Balanoff. Blago’s chief of staff John Harris opens the door to raising questions about what Obama knew and when did he know it. Did he meet or phone Blago directly, and did hecover that up through the Craig report. Did he lie to the FBI?

That’s what got Nixon impeached, the cover-up, not the Watergate break-in itself. I’ve always wondered whether U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald pulled the plug on the investigation before the White House could get really embroiled in this–and did he give them a heads up that Blago was on tape–recall Jarrett’s abrupt withdrawal from consideration for the Senate seat. (See this.)

So far the judge in the Blago trial has brushed back attempts by the defense to bring Obama into the trial–but once Blago gets on the stand himself–all bets are off.

6. Obama had a secret phone call with Blagojevich
Redacted portion: President-elect Obama also spoke to Governor Blagojevich on December 1, 2008 in Philadelphia. On Harris Cell Phone Call # 139, John Harris and Governor’s legal counsel discuss a conversation Blagojevich had with President-elect Obama. The government claims a conspiracy existed from October 22, 2008 continuing through December 9, 2008.6 That conversation is relevant to the defense of the government’s theory of an ongoing conspiracy. Only Rod Blagojevich and President Obama can testify to the contents of that conversation. The defense is allowed to present evidence that corroborates the defendant’s testimony.

Of course, in Obama’s favor, Blago is not a very credible witness. But whatever the outcome, Blago and Obama are joined at the hipthrough Tony Rezko. This shines a light on the stinking underbelly of the Chicago Way and it’s a BFD.

P.S. Oh yes. What about David Axelrod. He was subpoenaed but not mentioned in the whitewash. Uh huh. Yes we can.

One Comment »

  • Bessie said:

    I have been saying this from the very beginning: The fed’s premature arrest of Milorad was UNPRESEDENTED! They arrested him Before the crime was consummated…The million dollar question; WHY did they arrest Milorad when they did? HE was not a flight risk…There were no statute of limitations pending…He was days if not weeks away from naming a successor AND even if he did the Senate choice would still have to be sworn in by the Senate. WHICH would have been a perfect opportunity for the feds to make the arrest and reveal the contents of the covert investigation.
    THE only possible reason for arresting him when they did was to protect the future President and his staff…Milorad Blagojevich had been under investigation by the feds for over 8 years they have numerous crimes they could have brought charges against him for but didn’t because of Baracks direct involvement…Rezko had a web of political corruption of which he was the spider in the center.
    Also the feds have been bluffing about the cooperation of Tony Rezko to lure other potential defendents into cooperating…This is why they had a proxy Robert Williams testify on his behalf to the money transactions between Rezko & Patti of which he had little knowlege and made a terrible witness…but they made up for it with the shock and awe of their wild spending habits….I am not a fan of Milorad, I think he is guilty…BUT I also think the FBI and their proseuction team is corrupt as well and should be held to a higher standard.

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