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Blagojevich: Play ALL wiretaps in court
Chicago Sun-Times ^ | February 10, 2010 | NATASHA KORECKI

Posted on 02/10/2010 10:57:57 AM PST by opentalk

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich — famously caught on tape calling a U.S. Senate seat appointment (bleepin’) golden — said today he wants to make sure that the jury that will hear the corruption case against him gets to hear that recording.

And Blagojevich, rather than back away from the tapes that attracted national attention, said he is “laying down the gauntlet” and also wants his future jury to hear everything else he was caught saying on secret FBI wiretaps.

“I’ve instructed my lawyers to petition the court, petition so that every second, every minute, every hour that the government secretly taped me is provided to both sides to be heard and played in court,” Blagojevich said minutes after pleading not guilty in a federal courtroom in Chicago to a new indictment in his case.

“And I challenge the government, I challenge the government: If you are on the side of truth and justice as you say you are, and if this was a crime spree like you claim it was, then don’t hide behind technicalities,” Blagojevich said. “Play all the tapes. Play all the tapes. Play the truth, and play the whole truth.”

Later, Blagojevich’s lawyer, Sam Adam Jr., pulled back a bit from that, saying that the former governor wants every tape played that’s relevant to his corruption case.

“We are saying either side can play any minute of any tape that they wish to play,” Adam said.

Blagojevich said he thinks he can contest the original finding that there was probable cause to believe a crime was committed, which allowed the wiretaps to be placed in the first place.

Still, he pleaded not guilty to a revised indictment today, said he will waive any challenge to the playing of the tapes and will ask that the tapes be played at his June corruption trial in federal court in Chicago.

“I enter a plea of innocent to each and every charge,” the former governor, dressed in a dark suit and red tie, told U.S. District Judge James Zagel.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office had no comment on Blagojevich’s remarks.

Previoiusly, prosecutors have alluded to the hundreds of hours of recordings that have been publicly viewed as a point of strength in their case.

Last week, a federal grand jury in Chicago re-indicted Blagojevich, adding eight new counts to his corruption case. That makes 24 charges the ex-governor now faces.

The new charges were crafted to keep the case on track even if the U.S. Supreme Court decides in a separate case to gut the federal “honest services” law that also was a key to the original charges against Blagojevich.

The former governor faces accusations that include trying to sell an appointment ti fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Obama.

Other allegations include charges that Blagojevich tried to extort Obama White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, then a congressman representing Chicago’s Northwest Side. Blagojevich is accused of holding up grant money to a school in Emanuel’s district because Emanuel’s brother hadn't held a campaign fund-raiser for Blagojevich.


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1 posted on 02/10/2010 10:57:57 AM PST by opentalk
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To: opentalk

Let’s see what role the White House played in all of this. PLEASE.


2 posted on 02/10/2010 11:00:57 AM PST by datura ("Against all enemies, both foreign and domestic")
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To: opentalk

I actually agree with him

I am of the growing opinion that he would not play ball with the right people (giving Obambi;s job to someone they wanted) so they bagged him

The statments made about ‘selling’ the office can be construed in a political office where horse trading is often done

DISCLAIMER: I think he is a freaking idiot and IL deserves what they got for electing him. It only took 40 years for the liberal democraps to turn a booming auto industry location into a filthy cesspool.


3 posted on 02/10/2010 11:01:57 AM PST by Mr. K (This administration IS WEARING OUT MY CAPSLOCK KEY!)
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To: opentalk

—Federal authorities used a video camera to keep an eye on everyone coming and going from Gov. Blagojevich’s campaign offices — and to keep track of who was talking on the bugs secretly planted inside. —
(Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times)


4 posted on 02/10/2010 11:02:24 AM PST by opentalk
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To: opentalk

Blago ain’t got much more time on this earth. It’s the Chicago way.


5 posted on 02/10/2010 11:03:00 AM PST by Mr. Jazzy ("I AM JIM THOMPSON and moderates make me PUKE!!!")
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To: Mr. K
I agree; this guy can only be bad news for Obama. A man with nothing to lose can only do damage...
6 posted on 02/10/2010 11:04:58 AM PST by Dansong
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To: opentalk

I agree with Blogo on this! Play EVERYTHING!
Popcorn please!


7 posted on 02/10/2010 11:05:53 AM PST by WellyP
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To: opentalk; Liz; hoosiermama; onyx; STARWISE; SE Mom; Bahbah

Blago ping!

Blagojevich: Play ALL wiretaps in court


All:

HT: Flopping Aces for wiretap conversations
http://www.floppingaces.net/2008/12/11/more-questions-about-obama-and-blagojevich/

9/17/08 0 calls Emil Jones about ethics bill
9/19/08 Blago calls the move a Republican trap, and brings up Rezko’s name in a presser. “I have a theory on what happened in the Rezko situation was a system, you know, sucked him in and then some lines were crossed and then that person found himself actually violating some of the rules,” Blagojevich said.
10/07/08 Blago tells Rezko to tell the truth, the day after federal prosecutors indicated that the convicted fund-raiser might be cooperating with them. Rezko sentencing subsequently delayed.
10/12/08 Rezko starts talking.
10/17/08 Blago sends 0 message via Sun-Times’ Sneed, “Who will it be?”
10/21/08 Order was signed authorizing a 30-day interception of oral communications at Friends of Blago, Blago’s personal office and the conference room and that it was begun on Oct. 22.
??? Feds ask Trib to hold the presses due to wire taps.
10/28/08 “Goodbye gov? Sneed hears a plan is afoot to impeach Gov. Blagojevich following the presidential election next month. Word is the votes are there. Stay tuned.”
??? Rahm approached by 0’s White House staff the week before the election. 0’s senate replacement was sensitive enough that senior Obama aides wanted to keep the matter within the circle of Illinois political figures. Among 0’s inner circle Rahm had closest relationship with Blago. Rahm spoke by phone with aides to the governor.
10/31/08 “I just don’t want to jinx him and I don’t like the karma of me thinking that far ahead,” Blagojevich said of Obama ‘s prospects in Tuesday’s election. The governor added, “We have had some discussions about a process which we’ll share ... if all goes well.”
Businessmen with ties to both Illinois Blago and JJJ discussed raising $1 million for 0’s seat. Raghuveer Nayak and Blago aide Rajinder Bedi told attendees at an Oct. 31 meeting that they needed to raise the money for the governor to ensure JJJ’s appointment. “Raghu said he needed to raise a million for Rod to make sure Jesse got the seat,” an unidentified source who attended the meeting told the Tribune. Blago also attended the meeting, which was sponsored by Nayak, an Oak Brook businessman.
11/01/08 Source said that contact between the Obama camp and the governor’s administration regarding the Senate seat began the Saturday before the Nov. 4 election, when Emanuel made a call to the cell phone of Harris. The conversation took place around the same time press reports surfaced about Emanuel being approached about taking the high-level White House post should Obama win. 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.
11/03/08 Wiretap conversation 1:
*Blagojevich and Deputy Governor A discuss the possibility of an open US Senate seat the day before the Presidential election
* Blagojevich threatens to assume the seat if he is not offered anything
Converstation 2:
* Blagojevich speaks with Advisor A
* Blagojevich tells Advisor A that he is aware of media reports of Senate Candidate 1’s interest in the open US Senate seat; Blagojevich states he will only offer Valerie Jarrett the Senate seat if he gets “something real good;” he reiterates his intention to assume the seat and to drive a “hard bargain”
11/04/08 Conversation 3:
* Deputy Governor A broaches the topic of the Senate seat, and he asks Blagojevich to draft of list of wants for the seat
* Blagojevich notes that nothing can be written down
* Blagojevich states he is interested in an ambassadorship
Conversation 4:
* Blagojevich speaks with John Harris, his Chief of Staff
* Blagojevich mentions the “trick” of conducting negotiations with Obama “indirectly”
* He hypothetically asks Obama what Obama is willing to offer for the seat, and he again reiterates his intention to assume the seat himself
11/05/08 Blago meets with 0 regarding senate appointment process. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2146114/posts (Follow up 11/08, both reports pulled 12/10/08.)
Conversation 5:
* Blagojevich speaks with Deputy Governor A regarding position he can assume if he were to offer the Senate seat to Obama’s chosen candidate
* Secretary of Health and Human Services and ambassadorships are discussed; also discussed is Secretary of Energy and Blagojevich’s connection to the coal industry
Conversation 6:
* Blagojevich speaks with John Harris
* They discuss federal positions that could be traded for the Senate seat, and Blagojevich mentions the private sector and whether Obama could put something “big” together there
* Harris mentions private foundations, and Blagojevich tells Harris to do “homework” right away on the possibility
* The Red Cross is mentioned, but Harris states that it would have to be a private foundation under the influence of a President Obama
Conversation 7:
* Blagojevich speaks with Harris and with Deputy Governor A
* They discuss potential private foundations heavily dependent on federal aid, as this would place it under the influence of Obama
Conversation 8:
* Blagojevich speaks to Advisor A
* Blagojevich mentions how Obama could remove someone from the Board of a private foundation and appoint Blagojevich
* Blagojevich voices demands for something for the seat, and he reiterates an intention to appoint himself to the seat
??? Sometime after the election, Emanuel called Harris back to add the name of Democratic Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan to the approved list, the source said.
??? One source confirmed that communications between Emanuel and the Blagojevich administration were captured on court-approved wiretaps.
11/06/08 Rahn named chief of staff.
Conversation 9:
* Blagojevich speaks with Spokesman
* Blagojevich instructs Spokesman to leak information to the Chicago Sun-Times about Senate Candidate 2, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, and Blagojevich’s interest in Senate Candidate 2, which the Chicago Sun-Times published
* Blagojevich instructed Spokesman to leak such information, as he desired to communicate dissatisfaction to the Obama campaign about Valerie Jarrett and what he thought they were offering for her appointment
??? AFTER being name chief of staff, Rahm has multiple conversations with Blago, giving him a list of names acceptable to 0.
??? Schakowsky also spoke of a conversation she had with Emanuel shortly after he was named chief of staff. She said she called Emanuel him “to get some intelligence” on whether Obama might approve of her selection as senator. “He indicated that the president-elect would be fine with certain people and I was one of them,” Schakowsky said.
11/07/08 Blago sends second message to team 0 via Sneed, “Sen. Madigan?”
Conversation 10:
* Blagojevich speaks with Advisor A
* Blagojevich tells Advisor A he will offer the seat to Jarrett if he is appointed Secretary of Health and Human Services
Conversation 11:
* Blagojevich speaks with Harris and Advisor B, a Washington, DC, consultant
* Blagojevich indicates that he will offer Jarrett the Senate seat if he is appointed Secretary of Health and Human Services, but Harris notes that any deal cannot appear to be a quid pro quo
* Blagojevich notes his financial situation, and Harris states that “they” are considering it
* Blagojevich, Advisor B and Harris then discuss the possibility of a three way deal involving Blagojevich, Obama and “Change to Win,” an organization tied to SEIU (Service Employees International Union)
* Harris mentions how such a deal would conceal a quid pro quo
* Advisor B, who is in DC, is pleased with the notion of a three way deal, and he states that Obama should be leveraged with this deal, as it is better than Madigan as Senator and Blagojevich continuing as Governor
11/08/08 Conversation 12:
* Blagojevich and Harris speak
* Discussed is the potential of a financial benefit for Blagojevich’s wife, who he believes can work in New York or DC with her Series 7 license
* An interim position at Change to Win for Blagojevich’s wife is also discussed
11/10/08 Marathon conference call, more than two hours, between “various Washington, D.C., based advisers,” Blago, his wife, his general counsel, an unnamed adviser, and John Harris, regarding “what (Blago) can get from the President-elect for the Senate seat.” Blago believed the candidate was Jarrett.
7:56 PM ET, CNN reported that “two Democratic sources close to President-elect Barack Obama tell CNN that top adviser Valerie Jarrett will not be appointed to replace him in the U.S. Senate.”
Conversation 13:
* Blagojevich, his wife, Harris, Governor General Counsel and various Washington, DC, advisors, including Advisor B, speak on a conference call
* Blagojevich mentions his connections in Obama’s teams, and he asks how that can be parlayed into financial and political benefits for him and his wife
* Blagojevich mentions how he can assume the Senate seat in order to avoid impeachment in Illinois, and he agrees that Obama will not appoint him to a Cabinet position, as he is too controversial
* Blagojevich asks what he can obtain for the Senate seat, and he mentions that Governor General Counsel believes Blagojevich can be appointed to a private sector Board in exchange for appointing Jarrett to the Senate, but it would have to be a Board not directly connected to Obama
* Blagojevich’s wife also mentions her desire to be appointed to a Board, and Blagojevich mentions his wife’s experience and Series 7 license
* Blagojevich mentions that he does not want to be Governor anymore
* Blagojevich complains that the advisors on the phone are telling him that he must “suck it up” for another two years
* Blagojevich complains that he will receive nothing in return for appointing Jarrett, and he threatens to appoint Senate Candidate 4, one of the three Deputy Governors of Illinois, in retaliation
* Blagojevich mentions how his wife is more qualified to sit on corporate boards than a “specifically named individual,” who is most probably Michelle Obama
* Harris and Blagojevich remind advisors of the problem of Blagojevich’s financial security, and Blagojevich indicates that without something in return he will not appoint Jarrett
* Harris broaches the three way deal with Obama, Blagojevich and the SEIU involving “Change to Win;” such a deal will occur in two years
* A Blagojevich advisor admonishes Blagojevich to be “leery” of promises for events to occur to two years from now
* Blagojevich then discusses other manners whereby he can earn money
Conversation 14:
* Blagojevich and Advisor A discuss the open Senate seat
* Blagojevich asks if Obama could appoint his wife to a Board
* If Obama cannot or will not appoint Blagojevich’s wife to a corporate Board, then Blagojevich will appoint Jesse Jackson, Jr. to the Senate seat
Conversation 15:
* Blagojevich and Advisor A discuss the open Senate seat again
* Blagojevich asks Advisor A to leak to the Chicago Sun-Times that he is seriously considering Jesse Jackson, Jr., for the open Senate seat
* Blagojevich considers this to be another threat to the Obama campaign, who still desires Jarrett
* It is clear that Blagojevich has not intention of selection Jackson; he simply hopes to apply pressure to the Obama campaign
11/11/08 Conversation: 16
* Blagojevich and John Harris discuss the open Senate seat
* Blagojevich suggests the creations of a 501(c)(4) he could run that would be funded by Warren Buffett or other wealthy Obama allies
* Blagojevich also mentions that he could appoint Senate Candidate 4, Illinois Deputy Governor Louanner Peters, who will vacate it if Blagojevich is impeached and in need of a political office
* Blagojevich knows Obama will not offer him what he wants in exchange for appointing Jarrett
Conversation 17:
* Blagojevich and Advisor A discuss the open Senate seat
* Advisor A mentions how he is attempting to leak the story about Jesse Jackson, Jr., to the Chicago Sun-Times, and Blagojevich asks about the viability of the creation of a 501(c)(4) to be bankrolled by wealthy Obama allies
* Blagojevich mentions how he could run such an organization, and he mentions how Senate Candidate 6, an Illinois millionaire who may be Blair Hull, can bankroll the organization, but Advisor A explains how it would be difficult for Blagojevich to appoint Senate Candidate 6 to the open seat
* Blagojevich explains how Senate Candidate 6 is better than receiving nothing for selecting Valerie Jarrett, and he asks Advisor A to locate someone who could broach the possibility of bankrolling a 501(c)(4) with Senate Candidate 6
11/12/08 Durbin announces his intent to speak about his senate candidates with Blago.
Conversation 18:
* Blagojevich speaks with John Harris
* Blagojevich and Harris learn through CNN that Jarrett has withdrawn her name from consideration for the US Senate seat
* Harris interprets it as a tactic of the Obama team
* Blagojevich broaches the topic of a 501(c)(4) again, and he mentions how Obama and allies can fund it while he is still Governor and Jarrett is Senator; Blagojevich also mentions that Senate Candidate 6 can help bankroll the issues advocacy group to be led by Blagojevich
* They agree this is easier for Obama than for Obama to appoint Blagojevich to a position
Conversation 19:
* Blagojevich discusses the open Senate seat with Advisor B
* Blagojevich discusses the option of a 501(c)(4) with Advisor B, who says the “Change for Win” option is better, for from Obama’s perspective, there would be fewer “fingerprints” of Obama’s involvement
* Advisor B mentions that “Change for Win” is a better option, as there will not be stories in four years of how Obama bought Blagojevich off
* Blagojevich mentions how a 501(c)(4) will exist in two years, while “Change to Win” may not
Conversation 20:
* Blagojevich speaks with a different DC advisor about the open Senate seat
* Blagojevich mentions the 501(c)(4), but the advisor in DC reiterates the reason why “Change to Win” is more desirable: it is one step removed from the President-elect
Conversation 21:
* Blagojevich speaks with an SEIU official, SEIU President Andy Stern, who was in DC, about the open Senate seat
* SEIU official met with Blagojevich the previous week, and Blagojevich understood Stern was an emissary of Jarrett
* Blagojevich tells Stern he heard Obama was considering candidates other than Jarrett for the open seat, and Stern states he would discuss this with Jarrett
* Blagojevich mentions the 501(c)(4) advocacy group option to Stern, and he mentions how that advocacy group could assist Jarrett
* Stern says he will “put that flag up and see where it goes”
Conversation 22:
* Blagojevich and Advisor B discuss the open Senate seat
* Blagojevich tells Advisor B that he asked Stern to broach the topic of a 501(c)(4) with Jarrett, Co-Chair of the Obama Transition Team
Conversation 23:
* Blagojevich and Harris discuss the open Senate seat
* Blagojevich mentions how he will decide how he will select a candidate for the Senate seat, and he mentions his legal situation as the most important variable
* Harris reminds him that his legal situation is the hardest one to satisfy, and Blagojevich claims it can be satisfied if he appoints himself to the seat
11/13/08 Durbin asks Blago for a meeting, voices Duckworth as a favorite.
Jarrett accepts cabinet post.
“After several pages of detailing those machinations, the criminal complaint takes an abrupt turn, describing NO WIRETAPS for a period of THREE WEEKS. The complaint says Blagojevich had “numerous conversations” about the Senate seat during that period, but it doesn’t detail any.”
Conversation 24:
* Blagojevich and Harris discuss the open Senate seat
* Blagojevich tells Harris he wants to speak directly to “President-elect Advisor” about the 501(c)(4) option and how it could be bankrolled
* Blagojevich says he wants “President-elect Advisor” to receive word of the 501(c)(4) option on that day, for when “President-elect Advisor” asks about the open fifth Congressional district Seat, it will be in the advisor’s mind
* Blagojevich may have the power to appoint a Representative to Illinois’s fifth Congressional district seat, which was previously occupied by Rahm Emanuel
Conversation 25:
* Blagojevich and Advisor A discuss open Senate seat
* Blagojevich mentions how he hopes the 501(c)(4) is in the head of the “President-elect Advisor,” but he hopes it is implanted in that person’s mind in a manner in which it is not connected to the open Senate seat or the open House seat
* When asked by Advisor A if it is, Blagojevich responds, “it’s unsaid. It’s unsaid.”
Conversation 26:
* Blagojevich and Advisor A discuss open Senate seat
* Blagojevich asks Advisor A to contact Individual A and ask Individual A to contact “President-elect Advisor” about the 501(c)(4)
* Advisor A asks if it should be mentioned outside of the open Senate and House seats, and Blagojevich says yes
* Advisor A asks if Blagojevich wants Individual A to contact “President-elect Advisor” as Blagojevich thinks there is still “life” in Valerie Jarrett
* Blagojevich thinks there is still life in Jarrett, but he also thinks there are other options
11/14/08 0 announces senate seat resignation, and distances himself from Blago, (courtesy of the WaPo). Resignation meant to ratchet up the pressure on Gov. Rod Blagojevich “to name a successor more quickly than planned.”
11/23/08 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.” (youtube video pulled 12/10/08)
11/26/08 Durbin weighs asking Bush to commute ex-Gov. Ryan
11/27/08 Blagojevich: Bush should let Ryan out of Prison
12/05/08 “Chicago Tribune ran a story on its front page reporting that law enforcement had secretly recorded Blagojevich’s conversations as part of a criminal investigation. Blagojevich immediately instructed Fundraiser A to “undo” the plan to meet personally with the associate of Candidate Five, (JJJ).”
12/06/08 Blago fundraiser Saturday in Elmhurst, co-sponsored by Nayak and attended by JJJ’s brother, Jonathan, as well as Blago.
The “Nayak” co-sponsor mentioned is Naghu Rayak, an Oak Brook doctor and president of Rogers Park Surgery. Nayak is a generous political contributor and has contributed to Blagojevich and numerous other statewide office holders, namely Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn as indicated on the ISBE website
12/08/08 Blago and JJJ met to discuss the Senate seat on Monday, one day before federal prosecutors arrested Blago.
12/09/08 Blago arrested, is accused of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, as well as soliciting bribes.
“President-elect Obama was scheduled to travel this morning to the Chicago FBI briefing before his mid-day meeting with former Vice President Al Gore,” wrote the Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman in the morning’s first pool report. “But it has been announced that he will instead be going straight to his transition office.”
12/10/08 0 and Durbin call for Blago’s resignation.
12/12/08 Rahm won’t go to the Chicago Presidential transition offices in order to avoid reporters. “I’m getting regular death threats. You’ve put my home address on national television. I’m pissed at the networks. You’ve intruded too much.”
Madigan asked the state’s highest court Friday to strip scandal-plagued Blago of his powers. The filing says he is “unable to serve as governor due to disability and should not rightfully continue to hold that office.”
12/14/08 Sneed hears rumbles President-elect Barack Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, is reportedly on 21 different taped conversations by the feds — dealing with his boss’ vacant Senate seat!
12/15/08 0’s office says his staff had no ‘inappropriate contact’ with Illinois governor. In the statement, Pfeiffer said that incoming White House counsel Gregory Craig has kept federal prosecutors informed of the internal review “in order to ensure our full cooperation with the investigation” into allegations against the governor.”
0 transition office notified reporters moments ago that it will not release information on contacts that 0 staff members had with advisers to Blago until next week.
Since arresting Blago, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has renewed interest in convicted fundraiser Tony Rezko’s part in the purchase of 0’s Chicago mansion, according to a former real estate analyst, Kenneth J. Conner, who says he was interviewed by the federal prosecutor in the past 10 days.
Bill Richardson now being investigated by a federal grand jury for pay to play allegations. Since arresting Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has renewed interest in convicted fundraiser Tony Rezko’s part in the purchase of Barack Obama’s Chicago mansion, according to a former real estate analyst who says he was interviewed by the federal prosecutor in the past 10 days.
Caroline Kennedy 100% on wanting Hillary’s seat. (Chris Kennedy on Quinn’s list to fill 0’s seat?)
0 has chosen Chicago schools chief Arne Duncan to serve as education secretary.
Senator John F’n Kerry was named chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.
Presidential electors formally elected 0 the nation’s 44th president.
House Speaker Michael Madigan Monday formed a House committee to begin preparations to impeach embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich. A resolution to being the impeachment proceedings passed unanimously, 113-0. Respresentatives Lou Lang of Skokie, John Fritchey of Chicago and Jack Franks of McHenry County will serve as managers or prosecutors. “We have given the governor six days to resign,’’ Madigan said.
12/16/08 Federal judge indefinitely postponed Jan. 6 sentencing for Tony Rezko.


8 posted on 02/10/2010 11:06:57 AM PST by maggief
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To: opentalk
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"every hour that the government secretly taped me is provided to both sides to be heard and played in court,”

Is every hour relevant? If not then no reason to bore the jury with it.

9 posted on 02/10/2010 11:10:30 AM PST by Touch Not the Cat
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To: opentalk

I’m all for it, too...but wasn’t his office broken into awhile back? What records/evidence was lost? Hopefully, there’s enough there to lead back to boy wonder.

Can I really hope that impeachment proceedings will be the outcome? You betcha!


10 posted on 02/10/2010 11:11:01 AM PST by SueRae
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To: Mr. K; Dansong

It’s like a falling out among thieves. Fascinating to watch, although you’d not want to be anywhere near any of them. Blag is right to take the call-their-bluff strategy. See if they’ve got the stones to have it all come out. He knows where the bodies are buried and they know he knows. He probably knows he doesn’t have anything to lose at this point. He knows the worst can happen. At least if they vanish him from the planet, he’ll have some measure of revenge. The Chicago Way, indeed.


11 posted on 02/10/2010 11:14:04 AM PST by chimera
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To: Mr. Jazzy
That's what I was going to say. He'll be lucky if he isn't sleeping with the fishes in the Chitcago river this time tomorrow.
12 posted on 02/10/2010 11:14:41 AM PST by skimbell
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To: windcliff

ping


13 posted on 02/10/2010 11:22:00 AM PST by stylecouncilor (What Would Jim Thompson Do?)
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To: Mr. K

The same is suspected of the treatment Elliot Spitzer got. Crossed the wrong cat.


14 posted on 02/10/2010 11:27:12 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("like it or not, we have to have a financial system that is healthy and functioning" Obama 2/4/2010)
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To: stylecouncilor

Blago is Obama’s Henry Hill.


15 posted on 02/10/2010 11:28:08 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Mr. Jazzy

I am surprised they have’t killed him already. He must have told someone that there is an envelope to be released upon his death.


16 posted on 02/10/2010 11:32:23 AM PST by RummyChick
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To: stylecouncilor

Blago is Obama’s Henry Hill.


17 posted on 02/10/2010 11:35:00 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: maggief; onyx; penelopesire; seekthetruth; television is just wrong; jcsjcm; BP2; Pablo Mac; ...
Thank you, Maggie !!


18 posted on 02/10/2010 11:42:32 AM PST by STARWISE (They (LIBS-STILL) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war- Richard Miniter)
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To: RummyChick

I know .. Lord protect Rod .. keep him alive
throughout this continuing saga.


19 posted on 02/10/2010 11:44:40 AM PST by STARWISE (They (LIBS-STILL) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war- Richard Miniter)
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To: STARWISE

I wonder if the Comedy Channel will be carrying it.


20 posted on 02/10/2010 11:52:14 AM PST by Madame Dufarge
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To: massgopguy

LOL!


21 posted on 02/10/2010 12:01:58 PM PST by stylecouncilor (What Would Jim Thompson Do?)
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To: RummyChick; STARWISE; maggief
Remember who Blank-O wife is and her fathers connections....All out mob war if BLank-O is touched.

OTOH they all know where the bodies are buried....My guess is Alex G. will be taken down too, if the Daley machine starts to tumble.

Remember it's mob vs. communist vs. A-Am and that they team up with each other: two against one when it meets their need. Re read Maggie's post with that in mind. Jr = A Am group.

If the mob starts to be targeted who will stand with them? Who will join with the other group to target them....No honor among thieves.

22 posted on 02/10/2010 12:11:57 PM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: Mr. K

He’s scum, but I hope he takes a lot of other scum down with him.


23 posted on 02/10/2010 12:13:20 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: opentalk

Not good for them, Rahm will need to take another trip to Kenya.


24 posted on 02/10/2010 12:14:08 PM PST by TruthWillWin (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.)
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To: maggief

My, my, my...imagine if they really DID play all the tapes.

Would there be ANYONE left standing?


25 posted on 02/10/2010 12:18:38 PM PST by SE Mom
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To: chimera

Great post


26 posted on 02/10/2010 12:24:14 PM PST by opentalk
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To: SE Mom

I think if they play ALL of the tapes, it will become evident that THE “O” group were trying to pressure Blank-O (In between four letter words) and that Blank-O was trying to head them off by suggesting he might give the position to their opposition (JJJ) or someone else not on their list.

Think O will come out looking worse than Blank-O...Remember they were rivals from the git go.


27 posted on 02/10/2010 12:37:58 PM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: STARWISE

DO IT!


28 posted on 02/10/2010 1:30:47 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: opentalk

Christians, don’t forget to pray, in Jesus Holy Name, for his protection!!!


29 posted on 02/10/2010 3:28:28 PM PST by Bellflower (If you are left DO NOT take the mark of the beast and be damned forever.)
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To: opentalk

Doesn’t he have a right to a copy of the tapes that he can play for America?


30 posted on 02/10/2010 3:29:41 PM PST by Bellflower (If you are left DO NOT take the mark of the beast and be damned forever.)
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To: maggief

LOL. I just love that Andy Stern was deeply involved.
He made the most trips to the WH!!!!


31 posted on 02/10/2010 4:17:31 PM PST by onyx (BE A MONTHLY DONOR - I AM)
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To: TruthWillWin

Obama’s Eligibility to be President is disussed in the wiretaps. That is the reason Blago wants them all to be released. There is a discussion of exposing Obama’s birth citizenship. This is why Emanuel high tailed it to Kenya.


32 posted on 02/10/2010 4:21:09 PM PST by U.S. Army Retired
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To: TruthWillWin

Obama’s Eligibility to be President is disussed in the wiretaps. That is the reason Blago wants them all to be released. There is a discussion of exposing Obama’s birth citizenship. This is why Emanuel high tailed it to Kenya.


33 posted on 02/10/2010 4:21:54 PM PST by U.S. Army Retired
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To: onyx

Chicago, politicos, unions, corruption, bribes/payoffs, and dead bodies.

Who’d a thunk.


34 posted on 02/10/2010 4:34:00 PM PST by maggief
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To: U.S. Army Retired; Liz; STARWISE; hoosiermama; onyx

“Obama’s Eligibility to be President is disussed in the wiretaps. That is the reason Blago wants them all to be released. There is a discussion of exposing Obama’s birth citizenship. This is why Emanuel high tailed it to Kenya.”

Christmas break, 2008.

Didn’t know it’s on the wiretaps. Do you have a source?

Any idea which team RE is loyal to?


35 posted on 02/10/2010 4:40:18 PM PST by maggief
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To: maggief; U.S. Army Retired; Liz; STARWISE; hoosiermama

“Obama’s Eligibility to be President is disussed in the wiretaps. That is the reason Blago wants them all to be released. There is a discussion of exposing Obama’s birth citizenship. This is why Emanuel high tailed it to Kenya.”
- - - -

My jaw just dropped.


36 posted on 02/10/2010 4:53:47 PM PST by onyx (BE A MONTHLY DONOR - I AM)
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To: maggief
IIRC (without looking it up) Rahm’s mother was a boss in one of the unions in Chicago, that would either put him in the mob or Communist camp. .....anti- Af-AM.

Blank-O has more connections to the Mob (mell-Daley) branch than the Communist or AA group. My guess is that they (the mob) know where he was born.

37 posted on 02/10/2010 4:55:03 PM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: onyx; penelopesire; seekthetruth; television is just wrong; jcsjcm; BP2; Pablo Mac; ...

December 23 at 2:09PM
Rahm Emanuel Catching the Rains Down in Africa
POSTED BY: Dennis DiClaudio

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With the Obama offices just about to release something that resembles information about its alleged ties to Rod Blagojevich’s office, soon-to-be Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is making a break for it…

Incoming White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel left on Tuesday for a “long planned family vacation in Africa,” a transition official confirmed to the Huffington Post…

Transition officials did not specify where in Africa he went, though another source said the family would be going on a safari. Nevertheless, it’s an interesting choice for a holiday vacation.

At least Emanuel was smart enough to chose an actual other continent.

Barack Obama made the very common mistake of assuming he was leaving the country by going to Hawaii.

http://www.indecisionforever.com/2008/12/23/rahm-emanuel-catching-the-rains-down-in-africa/

Referenced article:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/12/23/emanuel-heads-to-africa-a_n_153096.html


38 posted on 02/10/2010 5:02:58 PM PST by STARWISE (They (LIBS-STILL) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war- Richard Miniter)
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To: STARWISE; maggief

Long planned African trip, my aching......


39 posted on 02/10/2010 5:05:20 PM PST by onyx (BE A MONTHLY DONOR - I AM)
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To: onyx

Yeah ... further reference

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2008/12/obama-blagojevi.html

What a coinkydinky .. JUST as the -0 team released
its report on its dealings on -0’s old seat and
Blago’s dealings .. everyone disappears .. and
the enforcer? Where else ... Affffffrica, of course.

;)


40 posted on 02/10/2010 5:08:01 PM PST by STARWISE (They (LIBS-STILL) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war- Richard Miniter)
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To: onyx; hoosiermama; maggief; Liz; Bahbah; SE Mom; All

Blago today

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LH-ma42TDd8


41 posted on 02/10/2010 5:16:45 PM PST by STARWISE (They (LIBS-STILL) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war- Richard Miniter)
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To: STARWISE
I remember that...I kept asking “Where in Africa is Rahm-E?” and no one knew for sure......Africa is a big area and could not find one article from the MSM that stated exactly where he went....The safari guess was just that a guess/joke...."On safari, looking for _________________." Or Where in the world is Rahm E?
42 posted on 02/10/2010 5:18:40 PM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: devolve; opentalk; ntnychik; PhilDragoo; MeekOneGOP; Lady Jag; FARS; dixiechick2000; All; ...

43 posted on 02/10/2010 5:20:28 PM PST by potlatch (- What a co-inky-stink!)
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To: STARWISE

mmm when looking up Kenya last fall looking for material on the missionaries the Kenya economy is based on two main areas....spices and “safari” trips through the game perserves.


44 posted on 02/10/2010 5:21:35 PM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: STARWISE; onyx; hoosiermama; Liz

We are seeing more pieces of the puzzle put into place.

FLASHBACK (vying for House Speaker revisited):

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/blagojevich/1790104,rahm-emanuel-claypool-placeholder-092509.article

According to Blagojevich’s recently released book, The Governor, Blagojevich and Emanuel spoke Nov. 7 and 8. They discussed Blagojevich appointing a “placeholder,” for the congressional seat, according to the book.

At the time, Emanuel also pushed Valerie Jarrett for the U.S. Senate seat Obama once held. An Obama report detailing contacts between his staff and Blagojevich indicates Emanuel spoke to the ex-governor once or twice between Nov. 6 and Nov. 8 about Emanuel’s seat, as well as the Senate seat.

A conversation concerning Emanuel’s congressional seat was caught on a secret FBI wiretap, according to a reference in the criminal complaint filed in the Blagojevich case. That could prove to be an embarrassment to Emanuel, should the recording be played at Blagojevich’s trial next June.

Claypool’s announcement that he would not seek Emanuel’s seat came Nov. 12, just days after the discussion between Emanuel and Blagojevich.

On the same day as Claypool’s announcement, Jarrett publicly pulled herself out of contention for the Senate seat. She is now a top adviser to the president.

Emanuel had hoped Blagojevich had the authority to appoint a candidate to fill out the remaining weeks of Emanuel’s term before a new Congress was sworn in the following January, sources said. The temporary appointment would give Claypool a leg up before any special election took place.

But, unlike the Senate seat, which is filled by an appointment by the governor, a vacant congressional seat must be filled through a special election.


45 posted on 02/10/2010 5:22:24 PM PST by maggief
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To: potlatch

Don’t see the Obama machine letting this move forward.


46 posted on 02/10/2010 5:29:32 PM PST by opentalk
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To: maggief; onyx; STARWISE; All

His (Rahm E) mother, Martha Smulevitz, was a civil rights activist and the daughter of a union organizer....ANy connection to CPUSA?


47 posted on 02/10/2010 5:32:47 PM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: opentalk

No, I agree with you. We can always hope though...


48 posted on 02/10/2010 5:34:24 PM PST by potlatch (- What a co-inky-stink!)
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To: opentalk

They’ve used murder before to try to stop the truth...but it was not as public a figure as Blank-O.....Smartest thing he’s done is make sure everyone know who he is and what he might be hiding. If anything happens to him...BO would be the first person people would suspect....


49 posted on 02/10/2010 5:35:46 PM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: hoosiermama

On the wiretaps you will find bribary was used exposing Obama’s eligibility and birthplace when the heat was put on the Senate Seat and Blago. Also don’t forget Tony Rezko. Emanuel went to Kenya for a reason and it was not a vacation but a mission. Think folks. Blago is just asking that if the wiretapes are played it will reveal the puzzle that everyone wants to know about Obama. That’s all for now.


50 posted on 02/10/2010 5:38:44 PM PST by U.S. Army Retired
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