Skip to comments.Jesse Jackson Jr. to prosecutors: 'Bring it on'
Posted on 09/17/2010 2:05:49 PM PDT by STARWISE
Jackson Jr. declared this morning that if government prosecutors have evidence on him tied to Rod Blagojevich: Bring it on.
Jackson, speaking on WLS radios Don Wade & Roma show this morning, for the first time publicly responded to an allegation that he was present at a meeting when fund-raisers discussed collecting $1 million for Blagojevich in exchange for Jacksons appointment.
Jackson said two Indian fund-raisers began speaking in another language at an Oct. 28, 2008, meeting, and he didnt know what they were saying.
Im not alone at the meeting, it baffled me, you know: Jackson sits alone with the Indians, he said, referring to media coverage after testimony at Blagojevichs trial.
How about this? Congressman meets with director of economic development and trade for the State of Illinois . . . met with him for 30 minutes in the presence of other people and discussed the third airport.
Then another gentleman showed up and started having another conversation practically in Hindu, because I don't speak Hindu . . . and I didn't participate in any of that part of the conversation, nor do I even remember hearing it. And I have witnesses present.
One of the witnesses, Rajinder Bedi, testified at Blagojevichs trial that Jackson was sitting with him and another fund-raiser, Raghuveer Nayak, when the $1 million was discussed.
Bedi, a government witness, did not say he was speaking in Hindu. Bedi then testified he paid a visit later that same day to Rod Blagojevichs brother, Robert, and passed along a message that the then-governor would receive campaign money if Jackson were appointed.
The allegation was among the most high profile of the charges against the former governor. Blagojevich was convicted of one count and jurors were deadlocked on 23 others. His retrial is likely to happen in January, when the mayoral race will be in full swing.
And let me say it again: And I have witnesses, Jackson said, emphasizing each word. So whatever happened to the idea that someone is innocent in America until proven guilty. Ive gone through 20 months of unprecedented accusations, of unprecedented besmirching of my character.
I know that may not be enough for some people. But Ive kind of endured this for 20 months.
Jackson was also asked about his closed door meeting with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel this week.
He denied that they both agreed not to bring up Blagojevich should they go head-to-head in battle. But he didnt waste time throwing the first stone, noting that Emanuel is on government tapes while he is not.
The prosecution has concluded, I assume, that what I have to say doesnt contribute to their case, Jackson said. I assume they have no evidence or else they would have brought a charge.
If Im a conspirator bring it on.
** Zing !
I wonder if Jackson Jr. owns a boat named Monkey Business with that sort of challenge.
“But he didnt waste time throwing the first stone, noting that Emanuel is on government tapes while he is not.
The prosecution has concluded, I assume, that what I have to say doesnt contribute to their case,
It sure doesn’t sound like RE got what he wanted...lol.
Seems that the "bring it on" comment may be more directed to BO and RE than Fitz. Sort of read it as RE tried to pressure him and his reply resembles a ___U!
Sounds just like Maxine Waters, Charlie Rangel et al:
"I'm Black and I'm Liberal. You can't touch me!"
Bring him and his daddy in to see if they can escape the perjury trap.
For all his big talk, "Fitzie" has shown himself to be a Patsy.
Good story. I’d of figured he’d had a lot of iced tea and was out of the room.
OTOH such a comment would be good cover if JJJ was the one wearing a wire.....