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Not even in office yet and already attached to a scandal…

Posted by necessarygrace on December 9, 2008

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff were arrested in Chicago Tuesday on two counts each of corruption charges relating to trying to sell President-elect Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat.

“He has been arrested in the middle of what we can only describe as a political corruption crime spree,” Fitzgerald said in a news conference to announce the charges against the governor and his chief of staff. “This is a sad day for government. It’s a very sad day for Illinois government. Governor Blagojevich has taken us to a truly new low.”

The arrest is part of a three-year probe into the governor’s administration. The criminal complaint by the FBI says each man was arrested on two charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and solicitation of bribery.

Fitzgerald said federal authorities obtained permission to wiretap the governor secretly a month and a half ago, and the recordings yielded a variety of details on Blagojevich’s alleged wheeling and dealing.

He said the 76-page FBI affidavit alleges that Blagojevich was taped conspiring to sell or trade Obama’s vacated U.S. Senate seat for financial and other personal benefits for himself and his wife, including an annual salary of $250,000-$300,000 at a nonprofit foundation or an organization affiliated with labor unions.

The prosecutor alleged that Blagojevich is heard on tape demanding a corporate board seat for his wife worth as much as $150,000 a year; promises of campaign funds, including cash up front; and the post of secretary of health and human services or an ambassadorship for himself in the Obama administration.

Obama quickly distanced himself from the whole affair earlier today:

“I had no contact with the governor or his office and I was not aware of what was happening,” Obama said in Chicago

However, just two weeks ago, President-Elect Obama’s top advisor, David Axelrod said this:

So the question is… who’s telling the truth, Mr. Axelrod, or Mr. President-Elect?

[update: for more on the Obama/Blagojevich Relationship see Jake Tapper’s blog, Political Punch over at ABC.com . Is it too much to hope that the rest of the “mainstream” press will take this scandal seriously and make an effort to truly investigate, rather than spend all their time propping the new president up?]

[update 12/10: Looks like the Ministry of Truth (no doubt soon to be a cabnet level post in the new administration) has struck again… the video has been taken off of Youtube. However for the time being you can still view it on Fox News Chicago’s website. Countdown to Obama’s Truth Squad forcing them to pull the video in 3…2… For those who miss the chance to view it, here’s the gist, courtesy of Tapper’s Political Punch:

While insisting that the President-elect had not expressed a favorite to replace him, and his inclination was to avoid being a “kingmaker,” Axelrod said, “I know he’s talked to the governor and there are a whole range of names many of which have surfaced, and I think he has a fondness for a lot of them.”

Of course now Axelrod and others close to Obama are saying that he “misspoke” and he takes it all back. Question: Would the press ever accept that kind of excuse from Bush? And since we know the answer to that question, Question 2: When is the press going to wake up and DO ITS JOB and actually INVESTIGATE this matter themselves?

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4 Responses to “Not even in office yet and already attached to a scandal…”

  1. Nancy said

    Yes, it’s too much to expect the main stream media to investigate this. There are too many players and too many connections that might lead them back to The One to risk looking into it.

  2. Elaine said

    Hey, the video is no longer available. Hmm . . . imagine that. I wonder if it is on the Fox News Chicago website?

  3. Barack Obama is the sleaziest most evil and most illegitimate (not a natural citizen if he is a citizen at all) President candidate in history.

    And the fact he is so protected shows clearly that all those “crazy” stories about hidden government new world order and such are TRUE.

  4. bishoplofton said

    The criminal complaint by the FBI says each man was arrested on two charges of conspiracy.

    Charge number 1 and 2, to commit mail and wire fraud and solicitation of bribery.

    Ok, I really think that this type of trash goes on every single day in local and national government. It’s been this way for years, but when you candidly parade your garbage, as such, then, it’s going to attract those that love garbage. Garbage Sifters, aka FBI, CIA etc.

    Through the years of ongoing investigation in Blagojevich’s home, offices and Governing Administration, it simply Proves That he’s a Black Thug in deed, trapped in a white man’s body, “HE’S DIRTY PERIOD., Please give him some gold teeth, bad credit, and a felony conviction, according to statistical society.”

    The investigation clearly indicates him, and not Barrack Obama. He and soon to be First lady Michele Obama, have good jobs and plenty of brains to back up there positions as far as skills, knowledge and the professional abilities to perform with out error. Plus, Barrack is wealthy.

    Example of wealthy, wife kids love happy healthy and financially free. No debt.
    Example of people like Blagojevich considers wealthy as the following:

    The prosecutor alleged that Blagojevich is heard on tape demanding a corporate board seat for his WIFE worth as much as $150,000 a year; promises of campaign funds, including cash up front; and the post of secretary of health and human services or an ambassadorship for himself in the Osama administration.

    These white collar crimes, that were committed against the fine people of the State of Illinois is an outrage, to put it lightly. He was over looked by many in governing offices, Uhm,I wonder what’s my Governor’s up to today, and now IT’S TIME to simply prove that He, along with a lot of old American Philosophical leaders are underhanded, crooked and corrupt by birth, they can’t help it, no apology necessary,it’s ok, really!

    As matter of fact we the people have not received one, and it’s the norm, we probably won’t.

    Senator Obama then or President Elect Obama now or soon to be the Great United States of Americas’ next President, I’m quite sure that if he needed to be at all implicated, NOW, would be the time.

    OH YEAH, if the investigation was part of a (3) year probe, then Obama would have easily been charged with something at least a misdemeanor or something, right.

    The criminal complaint by the FBI says each man was arrested on two charges of conspiracy.The investigation clearly indicates him, and not Barrack Obama.

    Obama and First Lady Michele Obama, have good jobs and plenty of brains to back up there positions as far as skills,professional ability and knowledge to perform their job with out error.Plus, they seem to be rich to me.

    Example of wealthy, wife kids love happy healthy and financially free. No debt.
    Example of people like Blagojevich considers wealthy as the following:
    The Prosecutor alleged that Blagojevich is heard on tape Demanding a Corporate Board Seat for his “WIFE” worth as much as $150,000 a year; promises of campaign funds, including cash up front; and the post of Secretary of Health and Human Services or an Ambassadorship for himself in the Obama administration.

    What Integrity!

    These are white collar crimes, they were committed against the fine people of the State of Illinois. He was over looked by many and now IT’S TIME to simply prove that He, along with a lot of old American Philosophicals are and continue to be underhanded, crooked and corrupt by birth, they can’t help it, no apology necessary!

    As matter of fact we the people still have hope. That’s Hope in God, not man.

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