By Chuck Norton
The post by Arlen Williams below is a good summary of the evidence up to a couple of days ago and it is a good read.
The lastest is that Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is in hiding so that he will not have to face reporters (Link Here). This is because he does not know all that he is caught saying on tape. If he talks to reporters it is possible he will say something inconsistent that is on the tape and he will be exposed as a liar. Rahm Emanuel is very close to Blagojevich and Obama aggressively campaign for Blagojevich in spite of the fact that he gave minority reserved contracts to white owned businesses. Obama stated that he had no contact with Governor Blagojevich about who would replace him in the Senate is looking to likely be an obvious lie. Any president would have an active interest as to who will be in the Senate.
Obama : I am confident that no representatives of mine would have had any part in any deals related to this seat.
With such obvious lies, why does the press and those who vote Democrat stand for it? Rahm Emanuel, as Chief Of Staff, is the second most powerful man in the administration and no one is more representative to a president than a Chief of Staff.
The investigation got underway with the conviction of Tony Rezko. Rezko, former big fundraiser for Obama, who also helped him buy his mansion (in a way that is likely illegal) has been spilling the beans to get a reduced jail time.
Rezko, a 53-year-old developer, was convicted in June of 16 criminal counts, including fraud, money laundering and abetting bribery. He is in custody awaiting sentencing.
Prosecutors depicted Rezko at trial as a fixer for Blagojevich and the man to see to secure a high-level appointment with the governor’s administration. Rezko had been a longtime fundraiser for Blagojevich and other Illinois politicians, including Obama.
Of course, the Chicago Tribune has been reporting about the “pay to play” corruption in Chicago for years and the voters dont seem to care:
In 2001, for example, Obama steered $75,000 to a South Side charity called FORUM Inc., which promised to help churches and community groups get wired to the Internet. Records show five FORUM employees, including one who had declared bankruptcy, had donated $1,000 apiece to Obama’s state Senate campaign.
Here is an ad from 2006 from Judy Topinka who ran againts Blagojevich in 2006.
Thanks to our friends at Hillbuzz, the famed Hillary Clinton Blog, for the little reminder on the Topinka ad. I just wish that Hillary fans would remember the hundreds of times she testified “I don’t recall” to cover up corruption in Arkansas and in her husbands administration.
Blogojevich’s Chief of Staff John Harris has resigned reports Hotair.com and now its on the AP. Now we know why:
New York Times:
The complaint said Mr. Blagojevich’s chief of staff, John Harris, had suggested to a service employees official that the union should help make the governor the president of Change to Win, a federation of seven unions that broke away from the A.F.L.-C.I.O. The complaint said Mr. Blagojevich, a Democrat, was seeking a position that paid $250,000 to $300,000 a year.
In exchange, the complaint suggested, Mr. Blagojevich had expected the service employees union and Change to Win to seek to persuade him to name President-elect Barack Obama’s first choice, Valerie Jarrett, to succeed Mr. Obama in the Senate. The union would also receive help from the Obama administration, presumably for its legislative agenda.
Chicago Tribune- Jesse Jackson Jr. fundraisers were raising $1.5 Million for Blagojevich in exchange for appointing Jackson to the Senate seat. Jackson is alleged to be “Senate Candidate #5″. Hotair.com comments HERE.
Do you see how all the Democratic operatives are just going on as if “pay to play” corruption were the norm? If 1.5 million was what Senate Candidate #5 had to pony up for consideration, and the SEIU union was going to pony up with patronage for one of their people to get the seat, what were the other candidates doing and or willing to do?
We reported previously that Politico.com had reported that tough but fair questions about this scandal were being removed. Now our friends at Hotair.com have some of the details:
Questions removed from the site:
- Given the current corruption charges involving Blagojevich, will ’serious’ campaign finance reform that takes money completely out of politics through publicly funded elections be a priority in the first term?
- In light of the recent corruption scandals (Blagojevich, Rangel, Jefferson, Stevens, etc) that have dominated the political scene,is there any ethics legislation being crafted to actually curb corruption and prevent another wave of nixonian cynicism?
- Is Barack Obama aware of any communications in the last six weeks between Rod Blagojevich or anyone representing Rod Blagojevich and any of Obama’s top aides?
I sit back and still marvel at the glaring hypocrisy of it all, Democrats pretending to be shocked, no one in the elite media calling out Obama for the lie about how his people never even talked to Blagojevich about the vacant Senate Seat. Democrats calling for Blagojevich’s head and trying to force him to resign using the courts in an effort to shut this down early before it spreads in spite of the fact that Governor Blagojevich maintains his innocence.
Hmmm isn’t that interesting – using the COURTS to force him to resign even though he has not been found guilty of anything. Isn’t a Democrat Governor entitled to the same “rights” that Democrats insist that prisoners of war at GITMO are entitled to?….talk about your situational ethics.
The Chicago Tribune is the only elite media outfit to consistently report the truth about all of this corruption for an extended length of time. The rest have presented us lopsided pro-Democrat coverage. Even now most of the elite media talking heads are saying “well it seems Obama has nothing to do with it” – but when Republicans are asked ethical questions its “what did the Republican President know and when did he know it”.
There is no question that Emanuel will be yanked in front of the grand jury and you should not expect him to speak with the press until such a time or even after. Emanuel has several choices. He can lie to the grand jury, pleade the fifth, tell half truth’s, or simply pull a Hillary and say “I don’t recall”. Emanuel could also ask for immunity in exchange for testimony, but to expect Emanuel to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth would be a fools expectation.
Will the Kool-Aide drinkers make the case, as they did with the Clinton’s, that while dozens of the people surrounding them were corrupt, were indicted or went to prison or were forced to resign, the smartest people in the the world, the Clinton’s, simply had no clue that all of this corruption swirling around them was happening…. or will people have finally be able to except, that when you lay with dogs, your going to get fleas. Only time will tell, but remember that this is coming from the guy who sat in the pew at church for 20 years and didn’t hear the preacher speak.
Updates to this post are still incoming so stay tuned.
UPDATE – Emanuel had a list of names that Obama found acceptable that he was working with Blagojevich with. Chicago Tribune reporting link HERE:
Emanuel delivered a list of candidates who would be “acceptable” to Obama, the source said. On the list were Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, Illinois Veterans Affairs director Tammy Duckworth, state Comptroller Dan Hynes and U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Chicago, the source said. All are Democrats.