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**Impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich Press conference NOW**
Perdogg

Posted on 01/09/2009 12:26:32 PM PST by Perdogg

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To: Skid Marx
There is another side that people who know him see, which is seldom discussed here, but should be. And that is "asshole". I'm not being flip here. I'm serious. He is a genuine honest to goodness one-in-a-million example. He knows what he is doing, and he will do his damnedest to minimize his own damage, whatever it takes. The one thing about a true asshole, is that he is dependable. You can count on him to always be an asshole. With that in mind you can stay a step ahead of him. Discount it, and he'll eat you for breakfast.

Good point.

That's exactly how he comes over to me.

An asshole, who's totally self-absorbed.

201 posted on 01/09/2009 2:02:41 PM PST by marshmallow ("A country which kills its own children has no future"- Mother Teresa of Calcutta)
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To: jersey117

“I thought the main reason for Fitz arresting him when he did is so Blago couldn’t appoint anyone to the Senate seat.... LOL. We see how that worked out. “

Fitz is holding, what, three-four weeks of Nov-Dec ‘08 wiretaps?
He pulled the plug just as JJJ was about to pay for play. Hell, they even held the “fundraiser.”
Blago was to pay his dues for playing hardball with Rahm, (ie. Valerie Jarrett).
The trap was for Blago and others were caught in the web.
Fitz has no HARD evidence.
It was assumed Blago would resign and not make the senate appointment.
Blago impeached but vows to fight on, mentioning Rahm and the Swimmer in his presser.

Blago: 2
Team 0: 0

JMO


202 posted on 01/09/2009 2:02:57 PM PST by maggief
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To: bcsco
I said an acquittal in the criminal trial may give Blago the notion of seeking reinstatement.

There's no such thing as "reinstatement" after being removed from office. Maybe he could be reelected to the Governorship (assuming Illinois law permits it), but the removal could not be invalided by a criminal acquittal.

203 posted on 01/09/2009 2:04:02 PM PST by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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To: bcsco

“Wikipedia says Thomas Fitzgerald is a Catholic, but the vast majority of history is from Chicago/Illinois. I see he taught at Kent Law School. My nephew graduated from Kent around 2003-4. I wonder if he has any information. I’ll have to ask; it was after Fitzgerald’s time. BTW, he was just elected Chief Justice this past May.”

I noticed it says he is a member of the Leo High School Hall of Fame. That’s a Catholic boys high school on the south side of Chicago—it would have been a blue collar area at the time he would have been going to school there. It says his father was a judge, so he was probably from the Beverly neighborhood, with Dem political connections.


204 posted on 01/09/2009 2:07:08 PM PST by Fu-fu2
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To: Repeal 16-17
but the removal could not be invalided by a criminal acquittal.

You people are reading things into what I said that I never said. And I stand by what I say. I'll not discuss it further with anyone who can't comprehend.

205 posted on 01/09/2009 2:07:41 PM PST by bcsco (Illinois politicians should be read their Miranda rights when sworn in to office...)
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To: jersey117

I said at the time of the arrest. The arrest was a charade.
IMO:
Fitz was/is choreographing the dance and turning each minion into his puppet in order to catch the biggest fish.

Heaven knows the pond is full and they each want to have their cases deminished....Chicago crooks have no scrupples but to turn on someone else to perserve themselves.....

The smaller the fish, the earlier he appears in the radar. Ie Rezko, Kelly, Wyma*...Look for indictments of the Mayor & President.

Big Fish: Mayor, Governor, President.....Two out of three isn’t bad!

* See
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/2151323/posts?q=1&;page=250


206 posted on 01/09/2009 2:07:56 PM PST by hoosiermama (Berg is a liberal democrat. Keyes is a conservative. Obama is bringing us together already!)
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To: marshmallow
Time will tell exactly what Blago has on anyone else...

Personally, my money say Scooter Libby gets charged and convicted for something before it's all said and done.

That's what happened the last time Fitzgerald investigated a crime committed by a Democrat.

207 posted on 01/09/2009 2:08:15 PM PST by txroadkill (I am Senate Candidate No. 5)
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To: Fu-fu2

He’s a Democrat. Thats established. What was questioned was whether he has any Kennedy connections.


208 posted on 01/09/2009 2:09:07 PM PST by bcsco (Illinois politicians should be read their Miranda rights when sworn in to office...)
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To: Wolfstar

I understand all that, but that’s not my point.

Since this whole episode broke on 12/9, the dems have basically been in attack with Blago. In my mind, all they have done is made a bad situation worse. Blago has the goods - I cannot believe the whole democratic party - both locally in IL and national in DC - have continually attacked him. I would have thought they would be looking for ways to make this whole thing go away, instead it appears that they are only fanning the flames and making it worse.


209 posted on 01/09/2009 2:09:58 PM PST by Free America52 (I just want it to be the way it always has been.)
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To: Eye of Unk

Witness protection??

WHERE on this entire planet could they hide that head of hair, LOL?!? ;-)


210 posted on 01/09/2009 2:11:07 PM PST by pillut48 (CJ in TX --"God help us all, and God help America!!" --my new mantra for the next 4 years)
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To: MaxMax

Yabbut...if Blago spills his guts (hopefully not like Braveheart, literally!) and tells some truth or truths about Obama, he may never make it to the inauguaration!! (O, that is)

I think it’ll be kinda like when Vanessa Williams became the first black Miss America, only shorter. ;-)

(snicker)


211 posted on 01/09/2009 2:14:06 PM PST by pillut48 (CJ in TX --"God help us all, and God help America!!" --my new mantra for the next 4 years)
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To: indylindy

I think some people are assuming that Shep Smith is a serious news reporter—he’s always made those little comments about various stories instead of just ‘Brit Hume’ing it! That’s what is enjoyable about his shows...except when he’s falling apart on location, like with Katrina. Yep, he was a drama queen on that one, but I still think Geraldo won that time!


212 posted on 01/09/2009 2:16:29 PM PST by pillut48 (CJ in TX --"God help us all, and God help America!!" --my new mantra for the next 4 years)
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To: Free America52
Blago has the goods If he doesn't his FIL, Ald. Mell, does.


213 posted on 01/09/2009 2:18:11 PM PST by hoosiermama (Berg is a liberal democrat. Keyes is a conservative. Obama is bringing us together already!)
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To: Wolfstar
>> Have you noticed that no one in this disgusting saga is really looking out for the interests of the people of Illinois? <<

Nah, can't be. The "abolish the 17th amendment" crowd on FR says this whole scandal is a "textbook example" for their little pet cause of having elite politicians pick our Senators for us. How dare anyone accuse Illinois politicians of not having the best interests of Illinois at heart. State Legislatures know the interests of the state far better than the citizens of that state. I'm sure the Chicago machine politicians have nothing but honesty and integrity.

214 posted on 01/09/2009 2:18:56 PM PST by BillyBoy (Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: bcsco

He was coming up when Old Man Daley was mayor. The Kennedy connections there are widely known. I think its safe to assume there are connections...


215 posted on 01/09/2009 2:19:13 PM PST by Fu-fu2
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To: maggief
"I believe it was late 2003 or early 2004, an idea that was brought to me by then-Congressman Rahm Emanuel, who suggested that since the big pharmaceutical companies had a tremendous amount of sway with the FDA, ... that maybe we should try something different and go to Canada ... We did that in Illinois, being the first state in America to defy the FDA and the big drug companies."

Here's the verbage from the transcripts. I think he is trying to establish as fact that Rahm Emanuel comes to him with ideas.

This is for his future reference if needed.

216 posted on 01/09/2009 2:20:49 PM PST by Balata ("Truth surfaces when FReeRepublic is engaged."-Balata)
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To: Spunky
Already posted on youtube here!. Be warned, this is the version with Shepard Smith talking over the impeached governor's wacky comments, LOL.
217 posted on 01/09/2009 2:22:14 PM PST by pillut48 (CJ in TX --"God help us all, and God help America!!" --my new mantra for the next 4 years)
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To: alarm rider

Under those circumstances, not only would I be in trouble, but I’d have to prevent Shep from becoming hysterical.


218 posted on 01/09/2009 2:23:07 PM PST by popdonnelly (Don't lose sight of your conservative principles.)
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To: Fu-fu2
I think its safe to assume there are connections...

Oh, I agree. There just anything mentioned in the Wiki piece.

219 posted on 01/09/2009 2:23:27 PM PST by bcsco (Illinois politicians should be read their Miranda rights when sworn in to office...)
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To: malkee

Shep invoked the memory of the shoe thrower in Iraq when Blag0 was speaking. It was probably the most unprofessional thing I ever heard from a talking head.


220 posted on 01/09/2009 2:24:53 PM PST by appleseed
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To: marshmallow
Time will tell exactly what Blago has on anyone else. If he's holding some sort of ace up his sleeve then he'll play it at the appropriate time. If it doesn't appear, you'll know the whole thing was pure bluff.

OR that he was paid off

221 posted on 01/09/2009 2:25:54 PM PST by mojitojoe
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To: pillut48

Yea, they had the pictures. lol!


222 posted on 01/09/2009 2:26:22 PM PST by Balata ("Truth surfaces when FReeRepublic is engaged."-Balata)
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To: appleseed

...and one of the funniest aside comments I’ve EVER heard from the media!! It’s all a joke, and Shep called him on it.
No one ever said Shep should win journalist of the year award—he’s a commentator, not a straight news journalist, and never has been. People, remember this is about Blago’s ridiculousness, not Shep!!


223 posted on 01/09/2009 2:27:03 PM PST by pillut48 (CJ in TX --"God help us all, and God help America!!" --my new mantra for the next 4 years)
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To: maggief

Interesting. I caught the tail end of it and some Tennyson poem. Blago sure likes poetry...lol. Maybe he can be Chicago’s poet laureate after his stint as Gov. is over....LOL


224 posted on 01/09/2009 2:27:13 PM PST by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: maggief

Speaking of Rahm? Where is he? Has he dropped off the face of the earth???


225 posted on 01/09/2009 2:28:04 PM PST by mojitojoe
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To: bcsco

Just listened to it again. Weird mention of Ted Kennedy—definitely sending a message....


226 posted on 01/09/2009 2:32:58 PM PST by Fu-fu2
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To: Joiseydude

I support Blago. In my opinion he has more credibility than many other people.


227 posted on 01/09/2009 2:32:58 PM PST by babubabu
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To: bcsco

“If O fires Fitz I’ll be surprised. It would look unseemly at best; and bring a bunch of unwanted attention.”

At this point, I agree. This is being played out according to Team 0’s plan.


228 posted on 01/09/2009 2:33:57 PM PST by maggief
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To: Fu-fu2

Oh, he’s sending messages. And I’ll bet they’re received loud and clear.


229 posted on 01/09/2009 2:39:47 PM PST by bcsco (Illinois politicians should be read their Miranda rights when sworn in to office...)
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To: babubabu

I support Blago. In my opinion he has more credibility than many other people.

My sentiments exactly. I figure he got caught on tape, barry scrubbed his past and the internet but he can’t have gotten everything. His days are numbered.


230 posted on 01/09/2009 2:40:15 PM PST by mojitojoe
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To: maggief
This is being played out according to Team 0’s plan.

It's this most recent move by Reid/Durbin that has me puzzled. We know Barry was against the Burris appointment at first. Then early this week he came down on Burris' side when Reid's plan began to fall apart. Now, after SCOI rules that Jessie White's signature isn't required, and nothing further needs to be done in support of Blago's appointment, Durbin comes out saying they won't seat Burris without White's signature. Obama has to be involved in this, but why bring this to a head again when it was almost rectified. It's just reopening a stupid decision for renewed criticism.

231 posted on 01/09/2009 2:45:07 PM PST by bcsco (Illinois politicians should be read their Miranda rights when sworn in to office...)
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To: Balata

Thanks again.

Also note the Ted Kennedy reference. I suggest that’s not happenstance given the Kennedy play with the Chicago machine/mob, and RFK’s son, Chris as a senate seat appointment hopeful. Who got JFK elected, anyway?


232 posted on 01/09/2009 2:45:37 PM PST by maggief
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To: MikeWUSAF
Poetry, a secret message to Obama since he knows he is being taped:)
233 posted on 01/09/2009 2:46:01 PM PST by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: mojitojoe

personally, I think it would be a shame if the MSM buries the guy before he gets a chance to explain himself. Thats not what this country is about.


234 posted on 01/09/2009 2:46:12 PM PST by babubabu
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To: mojitojoe

in my opinion.. the TRUTH should come out. whatever that is


235 posted on 01/09/2009 2:47:37 PM PST by babubabu
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To: mojitojoe
Rahm has quietly returned ... not taking messages though. Shhh! LOL


236 posted on 01/09/2009 2:47:59 PM PST by maggief
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To: bcsco

Huge typo, OOPS!

At this point, I agree. This is NOT being played out according to Team 0’s plan.


237 posted on 01/09/2009 2:50:07 PM PST by maggief
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To: appleseed
Shep invoked the memory of the shoe thrower in Iraq when Blag0 was speaking.

It occurred to me also. But I wanted to throw it at Shep

238 posted on 01/09/2009 2:50:08 PM PST by mojitojoe
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To: bcsco

They’ve been sending messages back and forth through the press since the arrest. Blago’s messages are in the Sun-Times, Obama’s in the Tribune.


239 posted on 01/09/2009 2:51:35 PM PST by randita
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To: randita

Oh, I’m aware of that. What we’re talking about are these mentions of Rahm Emmanuel and Ted Kennedy in today’s presser.


240 posted on 01/09/2009 2:56:29 PM PST by bcsco (Illinois politicians should be read their Miranda rights when sworn in to office...)
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To: pillut48

Watching it kinda reminded me of the comedy channel. That one show where they play the old incredibly stupid B movies and the shadows sitting in the gallery make funny and ridiculous comments.

I guess you’re right to a point. Maybe Shep, like Rush likes to say, was demonstrating the absurd by being absurd.


241 posted on 01/09/2009 2:57:15 PM PST by appleseed
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To: randita

I’ve noted a couple of those messages here:

10/17/08 Blago sends 0 message via Sun-Times’ Sneed, “Who will it be?”

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.


242 posted on 01/09/2009 2:59:21 PM PST by maggief
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To: maggief

“Fitz is holding, what, three-four weeks of Nov-Dec ‘08 wiretaps?”

Actually, I think it started in Sept. or Oct. Over 300 hours of listening pleasure.


243 posted on 01/09/2009 3:00:59 PM PST by appleseed
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To: appleseed

I mean withholding. Sorry.


244 posted on 01/09/2009 3:03:35 PM PST by maggief
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To: Eye of Unk

He really should. If he is going down; why not take the rest of the thugs with him President-elect or not.


245 posted on 01/09/2009 3:06:44 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: blondee123

He has the oportunity of a lifetime. He knows what’s going on and he should nail them.


246 posted on 01/09/2009 3:08:55 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: maggief

Holy Crap! That’s the best timeline of info. I have seen!

And that’s just a minute fraction of the evidence. Can’t wait for the rest.


247 posted on 01/09/2009 3:09:14 PM PST by appleseed
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To: maggief

Excellant Maggie! Is there any way you can add Wyma wearing the wire for Fitz and taping Blank-o? Have no idea when, but it’s documented on the CHI CRI thread.


248 posted on 01/09/2009 3:16:50 PM PST by hoosiermama (Berg is a liberal democrat. Keyes is a conservative. Obama is bringing us together already!)
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To: hoosiermama; appleseed

I had to quit the updates during the holidays but if you have some data I’ll add it.

Note: All items on the timeline can be sourced. :)


249 posted on 01/09/2009 3:29:55 PM PST by maggief
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To: Gator113

gO BLAGO!!!


250 posted on 01/09/2009 3:32:54 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (FREE BLAGO !!! LET HIM SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER !!!)
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