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W.H. quiet on Obama-Blago link
Politico ^

Posted on 06/29/2010 5:06:01 PM PDT by Sub-Driver

W.H. quiet on Obama-Blago link By: Glenn Thrush and Jonathan Allen June 29, 2010 06:50 PM EDT

The White House was mum Tuesday after a union leader testified that Barack Obama personally asked him to approach then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich about appointing confidant Valerie Jarrett to his Illinois Senate seat.

In testimony at Blagojevich’s federal corruption trial, Tom Balanoff said Obama — speaking a day before his Nov. 8, 2008 triumph in the presidential election — said that Jarrett wanted the job and was qualified, although he wanted her to join him in the White House.

Balanoff, a close Obama ally and top official with the Service Employees International Union in Chicago, said Blagojevich countered by suggesting Obama appoint him Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Balanoff said he laughed off Blagojevich’s bid: “That's not going to happen.” He also made it clear that his SEIU local, which represents 40,000 janitors and security guards, wouldn’t support Blagojevich if the governor didn’t pick Jarrett.

White House officials were quiet on the trial Tuesday afternoon.

Obama Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said he hadn't heard Balanoff’s testimony and brushed aside questions about the Obama call. "I'm just not going to get into commenting on an ongoing trial,” he said.

But last year, then-White House Counsel Greg Craig told reporters that Obama, as president-elect, “had no contact or communication with Governor Blagojevich or members of his staff about the Senate seat.”

Balanoff says he met with Valerie Jarrett and Alexi Giannoulias, the current Democratic Senate nominee, to talk about his conversation with Blagojevich the day after the election.

(Excerpt) Read more at dyn.politico.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: alexigiannoulias; balanoff; blago; blagojevich; craig; giannoulias; gregcraig; illinois; jarrett; seiu; tombalanoff; valeriejarrett
tic, toc.....
1 posted on 06/29/2010 5:06:04 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver; Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; ...

The list, ping


2 posted on 06/29/2010 5:12:43 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Sub-Driver

bkmk


3 posted on 06/29/2010 5:13:00 PM PDT by jcsjcm (American Patriot - follow the Constitution and in God we Trust - Laus Deo)
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To: Sub-Driver

Ruh-roh!


4 posted on 06/29/2010 5:14:07 PM PDT by jcsjcm (American Patriot - follow the Constitution and in God we Trust - Laus Deo)
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To: Sub-Driver

No problem, lapdog Eric Holder can straighten this right out for Zer0, he’s good at it. /sarc


5 posted on 06/29/2010 5:15:50 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Sub-Driver

Just throwing in this old article for the heck of it...

Sources say they’ve been notified key Blagojevich probe figure is dead (Christopher Kelly!), Chicago Tribune ^ | 9-12-09 | Jeff Coen Posted on Saturday, September 12, 2009 4:57:04 PM by tcrlaf

Two sources with knowledge of the situation told the Tribune today they have been notified that Christopher Kelly, a key figure in the federal corruption probe into former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, is dead. The Cook County medical examiner’s office today confirmed that a body identified as Christopher Kelly was brought to the morgue from Stroger Hospital. The office would not provide any details, including his age, address and manner of death, because the family had not yet arrived at the office.

Kelly’s attorney, Michael Monico, declined to comment today when reached by a Tribune reporter.

Kelly is a former confidant and top fundraiser for Blagojevich, who was accused of using his office to leverage campaign donations and benefits for himself and his family.

Kelly, who was indicted alongside Blagojevich in April, pleaded guilty this week in a separate federal case.

On Tuesday, in a surprise move just a day before his scheduled trial, Kelly, owner of a roofing business, pleaded guilty to two counts of mail fraud as part of a kickback scheme to illegally obtain $8.5 million in work at O’Hare International Airport.

At the time, Kelly, 51, said he was under pressure from federal prosecutors to cooperate in their investigation of Blagojevich, but he refused.

Kelly faced a sentence of almost 5 years in prison on top of the roughly 3 years in prison he got in June for his guilty plea to tax offenses.

(Excerpt) Read more at newsblogs.chicagotribune.com ...

-————Sources say they’ve been notified key Blagojevich probe figure is dead (Christopher Kelly!)Chicago Tribune ^ | 9-12-09 | Jeff Coen Posted on Saturday, September 12, 2009 4:57:04 PM by tcrlaf


6 posted on 06/29/2010 5:23:56 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: Sub-Driver

They’re only temporarily quiet until like Clinton they can get their lies straight, then you’ll hear the denials with the usual talking points from the left wing media. And of course the union leader better be ready for a savaging in the press.


7 posted on 06/29/2010 5:24:35 PM PDT by Reaganwuzthebest
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To: Sub-Driver
then-White House Counsel Greg Craig told reporters that Obama, as president-elect, “had no contact or communication with Governor Blagojevich or members of his staff about the Senate seat.”

And, there's their 'ace in the hole.' He never contacted them when he was 'president-elect;' he only contacted them before he was elected!

Such corrupt slime balls.

8 posted on 06/29/2010 5:24:49 PM PDT by erkyl (We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office --Aesop (~550 BC))
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To: Sub-Driver

The general US populace never knew that FDR was in a wheelchair and they’ll never know that Obama is a lying, communist, criminal from Kenya either.


9 posted on 06/29/2010 5:25:24 PM PDT by AmusedBystander (Obamunists want to tear down our shining city upon a hill and open a community center in "da hood".)
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To: Sub-Driver

No problem for Urkle so far.


10 posted on 06/29/2010 5:29:59 PM PDT by arrogantsob
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To: Sub-Driver

I pray that I live long enough to see ALL these criminals perp walked thru the gates at Gitmo! Win one for the Gipper and Sarah....please save the Republic.


11 posted on 06/29/2010 5:39:21 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: All

Two words: Case Dismissed..


12 posted on 06/29/2010 5:42:48 PM PDT by KevinDavis (Soccer was invented by European ladies to keep them busy while their husbands did the cooking.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Doesn’t matter Obama is black and America must be sacrificed in his twisted game and there is nothing we can do,He can admit to anything and NOONE will lift a finger or DARE say anything.


13 posted on 06/29/2010 5:45:31 PM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: AmusedBystander
"To: Sub-Driver

The general US populace never knew that FDR was in a wheelchair and they’ll never know that Obama is a lying, communist, criminal from Kenya either.

9 posted on Tuesday, June 29, 2010 8:25:24 PM by AmusedBystander

(Obamunists want to tear down our shining city upon a hill and open a community center in "da hood".) "

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Good One!!!!!

Gunny G

aka: Dick Gaines

14 posted on 06/29/2010 5:48:46 PM PDT by gunnyg (Surrounded By The Enemy Within--~ Our "Novembers" Are Behind Us...If Ya Can Grok That!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Good thing Zer0 is spending so much time on the oil spill. Wouldn’t want to be bothered with some silly little thing like this.


15 posted on 06/29/2010 5:57:38 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Sub-Driver

If this was Bush, it would be the front page of every newspaper tomorrow.


16 posted on 06/29/2010 5:59:14 PM PDT by I still care (I believe in the universality of freedom -George Bush, asked if he regrets going to war.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Fitzgerald and the judge are protecting Barry.
Fitz is holding back on hundreds of hours of recordings and the judge refused to allow the defense access to Barry’s FBI interview.
The recordings and the interview took place when Barry was riding high and feeling omnipotent.
The logical conclusion is that Barry perjured himself
and is very deeply involved in this scandal .
Imagine hundreds of hours of Scooter Libby tapes being sealed and the FBI interviews of George Bush , Dick Cheney or Karl Rove’s being sealed by Fitzgerald and a judge.
I’m sure the media would have been just as silent and as compliant as they are today regarding this scandal........not.


17 posted on 06/29/2010 6:11:44 PM PDT by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: Sub-Driver

bump


18 posted on 06/29/2010 6:29:08 PM PDT by fso301
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To: Sub-Driver

19 posted on 06/29/2010 6:29:41 PM PDT by GalaxieFiveHundred
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To: Wild Irish Rogue

I believe Fitzgerald arrested Blago when he did to protect the WH from themselves “to stop any further crime from occuring” was the quote I read.


20 posted on 06/30/2010 4:41:33 AM PDT by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: Wild Irish Rogue

I believe Fitzgerald arrested Blago when he did to protect the WH from themselves “to stop any further crime from occuring” was the quote I read.


21 posted on 06/30/2010 4:41:45 AM PDT by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: bjorn14; onyx; penelopesire; seekthetruth; television is just wrong; jcsjcm; BP2; Pablo Mac; ...

“White House officials went radio silent on the trial Tuesday afternoon — but didn’t deny the substance of Balanoff’s testimony.”

***Flashback ..

“Top union leader Thomas Balanoff said he was at dinner the night before the November Presidential election when he got a call that was blocked.

So he didn’t take it.

Later he listened to his messages: “I walked outside, listened to it and it was from President Obama,” Balanoff said.

“Tom, this is Barack, give me a call,” the soon-to-be President-Elect said on the message.

After Balanoff sent word through an Obama aide to call him back, Obama returned his call later that night.

“Tom, i want to talk to you with regard to the Senate seat,” Obama told him.

Balanoff said Obama said he had two criteria: someone who was good for the citizens of Illinois and could be elected in 2010.

Obama said he wasn’t publicly coming out in support of anyone but he believed Valerie Jarrett would fit the bill.

“I would much prefer she (remain in the White House) but she does want to be Senator and she does meet those two criteria,” Balanoff said Obama told him.

“I said: ‘thank you, I’m going to reach out to Gov. Blagojevich.”

Balanoff then described a Nov. 6, 2008 meeting he had with Rod Blagojevich to recommend Valerie Jarrett for Barack Obama’s Senate seat.”


22 posted on 06/30/2010 10:19:34 AM PDT by STARWISE ( The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: bjorn14

I’m with you .. and it’s becoming more and more obvious.

If so, that means the US Attorney .. Libby-delusional Patrick Fitzgerald .. is part of the Chicago Thug Swamp and a thug himself.


23 posted on 06/30/2010 10:53:12 AM PDT by STARWISE ( The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; blueyon; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ...

How unexpected.


24 posted on 07/04/2010 6:54:55 AM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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The trial is a sham ...

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/blagojevich/2336924,CST-NWS-blagoprose31.article

Leading the government’s team will be Schar, 38, a Northwestern University Law School graduate who has tried some 157 cases for the federal government since 1999, including fraud and corruption cases. He graduated undergrad from Stanford University with departmental honors, clerked for U.S. District Judge Elaine E. Bucklo and worked as an associate with Sidley & Austin from 1998-1999.

“Anyone in the office would say Reid is one of the best trial lawyers in recent memory,” said Cramer. “Reid knows how to structure a case with a lot of moving pieces.”

In the Blagojevich case, that will include cooperating witnesses, playing 97 recorded conversations, referring to seized documents, analyzing bank and tax records.

They will try to convince the jury that Blagojevich was a greedy, desperate politician, grasping at a chance to benefit from his power to appoint a replacement to President Obama’s vacant Senate seat. But the prosecution has a wide-ranging case that will delve into Rod Blagojevich’s — and his wife, Patti’s — dealings with Tony Rezko, who is not expected to take the stand.

“Reid is extremely adept at weaving a cohesive, coherent and persuasive narrative,” Cramer said. “He’s probably one of the best I’ve ever seen do that.”

Niewoehner, 40, was the lead prosecutor in the Rezko case as well as the corruption case against former 10th Ward Ald. Edward Vrdolyak. He earned his law degree from Harvard with high honors and joined the U.S. attorney’s office in 2000. He clerked for U.S. District Judge Milton I. Shadur from 1997 to 1998 and worked as an associate at Sidley Austin from 1998-2000.

Hamilton, 39, is a Bloomington native and a 1996 Northwestern Law School graduate who also worked as an associate at Katten Muchin as well as Grippo & Elden. Hamilton joined the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago in 2001 and prosecuted Muhammad Salah, a Bridgeview man accused of fund-raising for a Palestinian terrorist organization, and ex-Death Row inmate Aaron Patterson.

Also on the trial team are FBI, IRS and U.S. Postal Service investigative agents, including FBI Special Agent Daniel Cain. Working behind the scenes is FBI supervisory agent Patrick Murphy, described by insiders as the architect of the underlying Operation Board Games investigation, which included the cases against Blagojevich, Rezko, Stuart Levine, Ed Vrdolyak and businessman William Cellini.

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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2544059/posts

http://inform.com/united-states/nononsense-blagojevich-judge-actor-novelist-607637a

The 68-year-old (Judge James B. Zagel) is a Chicago native who graduated from the University of Chicago and got his law degree from Harvard. He became a prosecutor in the Cook County state’s attorney’s office and later chief of the criminal division of the Illinois attorney general’s office.

In that post, he appointed a budding young lawyer, Jayne Carr, as his top aide. She later became Jayne Carr Thompson, wife of former Illinois Gov. James R. Thompson.

Gov. Thompson picked Zagel to head the Illinois Department of Law Enforcement in his administration and eventually recommended him to President Ronald Reagan for a judgeship. He was appointed to the District Court bench in 1987.

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Senate OKs James Zagel as U.S. judge
Chicago Sun-Times - Wednesday, April 22, 1987
Author: Michael Briggs
WASHINGTON The Senate yesterday confirmed President Reagan’s nomination of James B. Zagel , the Illinois State Police Department director, to be a federal judge in Chicago.

Without debate, the Senate approved Zagel ‘s appointment to the bench of the U.S. District Court for Northern Illinois.

Zagel , 46, has headed the state law enforcement agency since 1980. Prior to that he was Revenue Department director in Gov. Thompson ‘s Cabinet.

When Zagel is sworn in as a judge, Thompson is expected to nominate Jeremy D. Margolis, now inspector general, to the top State Police post.

Groomed as an understudy to Zagel , Margolis has been a troubleshooter for Thompson since the governor created the inspector general job in part as a political foil to what turned out to be a short-circuited 1986 gubernatorial challenge by Illinois Attorney General Neil F. Hartigan.

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http://illinoiscorruption.blogspot.com/2008/12/why-is-illinois-so-corrupt.html

Friday, December 12, 2008
Why is Illinois So Corrupt?
Watch the videos on this site:

http://www.crimefilenews.com/2008/12/chicago-corruption-fighter-and-author.html

Robert Cooley is a former mafia lawyer who worked with corrupt Illinois officials and judges. He turned state’s witness and he explains how the Chicago “Machine” still run by Alderman Ed Burke who “picks” the judges and controls the Chicago City Finance Committee and his wife corrupt Illinois Supreme Court Justice Ann Burke still are up to their ears in corrupt politics as usual. He talks how this cabal of corruption:

1- controls the media,
2-pays off the U S Attorney (former and probably still pays off his middle men, hired during this super corrupt era, who hide stuff from present US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald so the only people prosecuted are fall guys like Blagojevic so as to take the heat off the real top dog crooks like:
A- Jim Thompson (former Gov X 16 years, Director of CIA oversight committee under 1st
President Bush and member of 911 Commission under W)
B-Madigans (Speaker of the House Michael and his daughter Attorney General Lisa, who
lauder all the bribery money kicked back from State, County and City contracts through
their political fund “friends of Madigan”),
C-the Burkes, and
D-the Daleys(Richard - Chicago Mayor and partner of John Burge [the torturer to get
murder confessions] while he was state’s attorney, John - Cook Co. Commissioner who
controlled Co. Board President John Stroger Sr and his Son Todd who replaced him, and
William former Commerce Secr. under Cliniton and now wants to be Gov of IL and
therefore needs to discredit Blagojevic and Lisa Madigan).

A summary of the “system” running Illinois in my view is as follows:

Illinois for too long has been under the control of the:
1- Kingdom of former Gov. Jim (Prince John) Thompson and
2-his Lords, Chicago Mayor Richard M. and Cook Co. Commissioner John Daley (sons of former Mayor Richard J.), County Board Pres. John Stroger Jr. (son of former County Board Pres. John Stroger),
3-House Speaker Michael and his daughter Atty Gen. Lisa Madigan,
4-Alderman Ed (buddy of Fast Ed[dy] now convict Vrydoliak - both of them were leaders against African American Mayor Washington in the “cousel wars” 20 years ago) and IL. Supreme Court Justice Ann Burke,
5-former Sheriff (of Nottingham) Sheahan, and
6-State’s Attorney Richard (Gisbourne) Divine, as well as
7-other Lords such as former Sen. President Emil Jones and now his son Emil Jones Jr.

(snip)


25 posted on 07/04/2010 7:09:57 AM PDT by maggief
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