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Analysis: Obama Inquiry Has Closed Loop Quality [Barry's Investigation is a load of Rubbish Alert]
Fox News ^ | December 24, 2008 | Major Garrett

Posted on 12/24/2008 9:41:57 AM PST by Zakeet

The inquiry into whether President-elect Barack Obama's staff had any inappropriate contacts with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was bound to meet its pre-conceived conclusion.

President-Elect Barack Obama's inquiry into "inappropriate contacts" between his staff and Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich over his vacated U.S. Senate seat has the appearance of a closed loop -- the conclusion came before the inquiry.

The conclusion was: there were no inappropriate contacts.

The inquiry found: Imagine, no inappropriate contacts.

The inquiry began on Dec. 11 and ended Dec. 15. That's right, it took all of four days.

The Obama transition staff never explained what "inappropriate contacts" meant until releasing its report Tuesday, despite numerous press questions.

"Inappropriate" in Obama transition-speak can be defined two ways: "unethical" or "discussing an explicit quid pro quo"

When the Obama report says nothing inappropriate occurred, that's what it means.

It's also worth understanding how "lawyered-up" this process was.

Greg Craig, the incoming White House Counsel, conducted his inquiry by taking questions to each transition staff member's lawyer. The lawyers then went to the staff members and collected the answers. The lawyers then gave the answers to Craig.

In some cases -- team Obama won't say how many -- Craig would go back to either the staff member's attorney or the staff member directly for clarification. But it appears Craig's direct questioning of staff was very limited.

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: blago; blagojevich; bleepgate; corruption; obama; obamatransitionfile; whitewash

Change doesn't mean an end to Rat corruption.

1 posted on 12/24/2008 9:41:58 AM PST by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

I put myself on trial and found myself not guilty.

Case closed.


2 posted on 12/24/2008 9:43:35 AM PST by freespirited (Compassionate conservatism is liberalism dressed up for Halloween.)
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To: Zakeet

Close loop, my foot! Obama’s investigation was for purposes of damage control. They conducted it to find out their exposure to risk.


3 posted on 12/24/2008 9:43:51 AM PST by the_Watchman
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To: Zakeet

Barack Obama’s reaction to a possible scandal:

Greg Craig, the incoming White House Counsel, conducted his inquiry by taking questions to each transition staff member’s lawyer. The lawyers then went to the staff members and collected the answers. The lawyers then gave the answers to Craig.

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George Bush’s reaction to a possible scandal:

“You’re on your own, boys.”


4 posted on 12/24/2008 9:44:46 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body. -C.S. Lewis)
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To: Zakeet

There were two newpaper articles from Nov 5, 2008 about the O meeting with the good Gov.

Both were on the papers website, both were posted here on FR and then the sites were scrubed.

The screen shots are still here on FR.

Anyone who has them please post to this thread.


5 posted on 12/24/2008 9:46:46 AM PST by stockpirate (My Beeber is on full stun as the site appears to be over run with trolls.)
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To: Zakeet

Chicago politics has it’s own definition of inappropriate.


6 posted on 12/24/2008 9:48:00 AM PST by vietvet67
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To: Jeff Chandler

You missed two steps. The answers were then “rationalized” for agreement. Then the “correct” responses were distributed to the staff members who had not yet been questioned by the U.S. attorney.


7 posted on 12/24/2008 9:48:27 AM PST by the_Watchman
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To: the_Watchman

Can I ask a question above my paygrade? But how did “private citizen” Barack Obama or his staff, get a hold of the tapes in order to execute their investigation? I did not know that a Special Prosecutor could turn evidence over to a third party which may be a coconspirator.


8 posted on 12/24/2008 9:52:37 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Zakeet

“Change” merely means that new ways to cover up corruption will now be employed. To which I refer to the old Nike commercial relating to Bo Jackson, the “Bo Knows” campaign.

Now the nascent barack obama regime (”BO”) may be said to have had prior knowledge, therefore “BO Knows”.


9 posted on 12/24/2008 9:54:45 AM PST by alloysteel (Balkanization - perhaps one of the few remaining ways to preserve American ideals.)
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To: Zakeet

The “investigation” was really just an excuse for the perps to compare notes and get their stories consistent.


10 posted on 12/24/2008 9:56:00 AM PST by hellbender
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To: Zakeet

I did not have inappropriate contact with that Governor.


11 posted on 12/24/2008 9:56:15 AM PST by buggy02 (Never take life seriously, nobody gets out alive anyway.)
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To: the_Watchman

It is definitely a “closed loop”, which is designed to ward off any independent review. The “investigators” and “reviewers” are the very actors themselves, then they give the matter a bill of good health, and present the findings as if they are conclusive and void of conflict of interest.

The loop needs to be unclosed (meaning, have independent reviewers), and the Obama camp should welcome that if they have nothing to hide. (Ha!)

The question is: will the issue die off now or will Obama’s self-review end up backfiring and raising further suspicions that warrant additional, and independent, exploration? Let’s hope it’s the latter.


12 posted on 12/24/2008 9:58:14 AM PST by KJC1
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To: Zakeet
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(Or possibly even KENYA!)


13 posted on 12/24/2008 10:00:51 AM PST by Dick Bachert
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To: Zakeet

It’s like the mob saying it’s conducted it’s own internal investigation and found that none of it’s members have done any wrongdoing.


14 posted on 12/24/2008 10:03:52 AM PST by Slapshot68
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To: buggy02
I did not have inappropriate contact with that Governor.

That!

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15 posted on 12/24/2008 10:05:38 AM PST by vox_freedom (G K Chesterton: "If there were no God, there would be no atheists.")
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To: stockpirate


16 posted on 12/24/2008 10:06:07 AM PST by Diogenesis
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To: Zakeet; All

Directly on this subject, but in the vein of how this is being reported in the media, and concerning the media itself, I, an avid Wall Street Journal reader, have noticed the slide it has been making since being acquired by Murdoch’s NewsCorp - the slide into just another Liberal American outlet.

In a Wall Street Journal report on this subject this morning (printed version), the report referred - in a box of highlighted items - to the essential conclusions of the Obama team, as conclusions of the “White House”.

I will send this to Drudge and Newsbusters.


17 posted on 12/24/2008 10:06:34 AM PST by Wuli
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To: stockpirate

18 posted on 12/24/2008 10:07:57 AM PST by Diogenesis
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To: Zakeet

GREAT article. SImple explanation of what is wrong with this report.


19 posted on 12/24/2008 10:19:56 AM PST by PghBaldy (http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2008/12/23/article-1100584-02DFEFB3000005DC-585_233x423.jpg)
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To: freespirited

That’s what it sounded like to me too. Isn’t it the most astounding thing you’ve ever heard?

It’s like if I was accused of murder, my lawyer said I didn’t do it, so that’s that. “Case closed” Unbelievable.


20 posted on 12/24/2008 10:24:13 AM PST by Humal
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To: Zakeet

I love how the media treated this as some independant conclusive report. If Bush did this, the media would want to lynch Bush and demanding a full scale investigation. The media treated the Plame scandal as the most serious scandal of the century, when in fact it was nothing. This is a real scandal and all the media can do is look for reasons to dismiss it.


21 posted on 12/24/2008 10:35:35 AM PST by Always Right (Obama: more arrogant than Bill Clinton, more naive than Jimmy Carter, and more liberal than LBJ.)
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To: Diogenesis

Thanks but the screen shots were of the newspaper articles.


22 posted on 12/24/2008 10:35:41 AM PST by stockpirate (My Beeber is on full stun as the site appears to be over run with trolls.)
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To: Zakeet

INVESTIGATORS: “We are trying to find out of there was any crimes committed”

Obama: “We’ll ask around and tell you if we find anything”

INVESTIGATORS: “OK”


23 posted on 12/24/2008 10:36:10 AM PST by Mr. K (Some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help)
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To: Zakeet

So this is the kind of change we are primised? It looks like the SOS from Dimocraps to me.


24 posted on 12/24/2008 10:39:10 AM PST by Dapper 26
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To: Zakeet

Here is the proof that Obama met with Gov O on Nov. 5, 2008

Look at the screen shots in the posts on the first page of this thread.

While the website they appeared on scrubbed them off we captured them here.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2149224/posts


25 posted on 12/24/2008 10:49:00 AM PST by stockpirate (My Beeber is on full stun as the site appears to be over run with trolls.)
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To: Diogenesis

Here are the correct screenshots. They appear on the first page of the thread.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2149224/posts


26 posted on 12/24/2008 10:49:44 AM PST by stockpirate (My Beeber is on full stun as the site appears to be over run with trolls.)
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To: Zakeet

Every corrupt and dishonest pol would like to adopt this “self-exoneration” method.

However, it is only available to Demagogues like the Obamessiah.


27 posted on 12/24/2008 11:36:53 AM PST by Enchante (Bernie Madoff Learned His Investment Strategy from our Social Security System!!)
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To: stockpirate


28 posted on 12/24/2008 2:03:44 PM PST by Diogenesis
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