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  • Protecting US Security Personnel: Where the Benghazi and Plame Scandals Connect

    05/07/2014 12:43:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 7, 2014 | Austin Bay
    Partisan political advantage, gained at the real or potential life-threatening expense of American personnel undertaking high-risk assignments, was the deep moral issue driving prosecutors in the 2005 Valerie Plame name exposure scandal. An even more disturbing and exploitative example of high-level Washington political operatives exposing low-level American field personnel to greater physical risk is the moral issue at the core of the on-going Benghazi scandal. Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald said national security concerns drove his pursuit of Bush Administration officials involved in exposing Plame's status as a covert CIA agent. For Fitzgerald, Plame's precise operational status at the time her...
  • Fitzgerald threatens to sue publisher over book (Triple Cross re jihadist mole in FBI)

    06/08/2009 8:39:00 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 21 replies · 1,564+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 6-8-09 | Mike Robinson
    The top federal prosecutor in Chicago is threatening to sue publisher HarperCollins, calling a book about the war on terrorism that focuses in part on cases he was involved in "a deliberate lie masquerading as the truth." If HarperCollins publishes the new edition of "Triple Cross" by Peter Lance this month "and it defames me or casts me in a false light, HarperCollins will be sued," Patrick Fitzgerald said in a letter to the New York-based company. The book focuses on, among other things, major terrorism cases that Fitzgerald prosecuted when he was an assistant U.S. attorney in New York...
  • Proof that the Plame case was a hoax

    01/11/2014 7:56:43 AM PST · by rktman · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1/11/2014 | Clarice Feldman
    CIA official's John Rizzo's revelations in new book, Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA, establish beyond peradventure of doubt that the Plame case was a hoax, stirred up by her husband and Patrick Fitzgerald. See these excerpts from the book:
  • Pincus: Woodward 'Asked Me to Keep Him Out' of Plame Reporting

    11/16/2005 11:20:59 AM PST · by Pikamax · 313 replies · 12,480+ views
    editor and publisher. ^ | 11/16/05 | Joe Strupp
    Pincus: Woodward 'Asked Me to Keep Him Out' of Plame Reporting By Joe Strupp Published: November 16, 2005 12:45 PM ET NEW YORK Walter Pincus, the longtime Washington Post reporter and one of several journalists who testified in the Valerie Plame case, said he believed as far back as 2003 that Bob Woodward had some involvement in the case but he did not pursue the information because Woodward asked him not to. "He asked me to keep him out of the reporting and I agreed to do that," Pincus said today. His comments followed a Post story today about Woodward's...
  • Arab Money and the Purchase of a President

    12/30/2012 8:12:10 AM PST · by CharlesMartelsGhost · 7 replies
    Doug Ross Journal ^ | December 30, 2012 | John A. Shaw
    In the run-up to the 2012 election, a story surfaced about an Iraqi billionaire who managed to buy access to Washington policy makers while funding a Chicago Pay-to-Play scheme that helped produce a Governor, a U.S. Senator, and, ultimately, a President of the United States. The story was eight years in the making, yet despite the extent of his political influence, this Iraqi’s name remains widely unknown. He wants it that way. In fact, he has spent millions of dollars to hinder the reporting of his activities by the news media. The lack of attention paid to him, however, is...
  • Thanks to Team Obama's Reckless 'Felon' Accusations, Tony Rezko Issue NOW IN PLAY

    07/15/2012 12:01:41 PM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 23 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | July 15, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    How 'bout a little refresher re. Obama political Godfather  and actual (16-count!) convicted felon Tony Rezko...? The Syrian-born Rezko is an infamous Chicago slumlord, fast-food restauranteur, and sleazy political operator who played a key role in the Blagojevich case- as well as the unlikley ascension to power of Barrack Hussein Obama.Obama's longtime ally, friend, and top fundraiser was found guilty of 16/24 counts of felony influence peddling back in June 2008. Of course the story was mostly buried/detached from his bud Barry in the run-up to that year's most unfortunate (for us) presidential election whilst the jury convicted Rezko of wire...
  • Rep. West decries 'classless' ad that depicts him punching women

    08/09/2012 9:05:21 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 46 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | August 09, 2012 | unattributed
    *** The punches land as the narrator lists the groups of people West has supposedly wronged. *** West said the ad reflects a "sad state of politics" in the country. "The ad being run against me by my opponent's family depicting violence against women and senior citizens is reprehensible," West said. "It plays on stereotypes and fear to divide Americans, and it cheapens the very real and tragic occurrences of violence against women and seniors. The American people are suffering from crushing debt, horrific tax and regulatory policies, and epic unemployment. This classless ad shows a lack of regard for...
  • Patrick Fitzgerald quits U.S. attorney post after nearly 11 years

    05/23/2012 2:36:34 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 31 replies
    SunTimes ^ | 5-23-12 | Sun Times Staff
    U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald — who toppled two Illinois governors and a top aide to the former vice president, and also went after the Chicago mob, a notorious police commander accused of torture and even international terrorists — is stepping down. The corruption-busting prosecutor said he will leave the post June 30 after serving nearly 11 years in the post, longer than anyone else in Illinois history. In a written statement, Fitzgerald said he told the White House, Attorney General Eric Holder, and U.S. Sens. Richard Durbin and Mark Kirk about his decision Wednesday morning. “When I was selected...
  • US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald To Step Down June 30th

    05/23/2012 9:38:42 AM PDT · by Why So Serious · 9 replies
    Reported by Chicago Tribune. Chicago criminals and politicians rejoice. Mayor Daley off the hook as is all his cronies.
  • DOJ charges ex-CIA officer with leaking classified information

    01/23/2012 11:40:38 AM PST · by ColdOne · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/23/12 | Jeremy Herb
    A former CIA officer was charged Monday with illegally leaking the identity of a covert officer and other classified information to journalists. John Kiriakou, a former CIA officer and author who defended waterboarding, was charged by the Department of Justice with one count of illegally disclosing a covert officer’s identity and two counts of violating the Espionage Act for illegally leaking classified national defense information. He was also charged with making false statements for allegedly trying to trick the CIA’s Publications Review Board to let him use information in his 2010 book, The Reluctant Spy. The investigation led by U.S....
  • Blago: Senate seat talk was legal 'horse trading'

    08/20/2010 7:53:22 AM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 8/20/10
    Chicago (AP) -- Former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich says all he's guilty of is some "political horse trading" and that if that's a crime, prosecutors need to charge every politician in America. . . .
  • Blago, Scooter, and Fitz (very interesting)

    08/18/2010 12:03:23 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 7-28-10 | Tom Rowan
    The Valerie Plame affair can shed some light on Rod Blagojevich's trial. It was Plame's husband Joe Wilson who put the lie into the "Bush lied us into war" slogan. Bush rightly told the nation that Hussein had sought yellow cake uranium from Niger. Joe Wilson claimed he was sent by Dick Cheney to go to Niger to find out. Wilson was found to be lying in parts large and small. But the damage was done. The entire focus of the war shifted to the lack of yellow cake uranium and other WMD. Turns out that Dick Cheney did not...
  • Defense jubilant; prosecutors look to retrial(Attorney Sam Adams: Fitzgerald is nuts)

    08/17/2010 10:16:55 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 15 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10:15 p.m. CDT, August 17, 2010 | Stacy St. Clair and David Heinzmann
    Moments after a rare setback, a chastened U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald was acting nothing like the swaggering prosecutor who just 20 months earlier proclaimed he had arrested a sitting governor to stop a political crime spree. -snip- Fitzgerald's reticence stood in sharp contrast to the reaction of Blagojevich's father-and-son defense team. Sam Adam and his son Sam Adam Jr. launched into a diatribe against the city's longest-serving U.S. attorney after hearing the jury's verdict, calling him "nuts" and accusing him of running a "banana republic." In what clearly will become their mantra in the months leading up to a promised...
  • Star Attorney's Reputation Is on the Line in Blago Trial (more Fitzmas ?)

    08/15/2010 12:37:15 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 36 replies
    AOL News ^ | 8-15-10 | Allen Lengel
    When he announced the charges in late 2008, Chicago's U.S. attorney, Patrick Fitzgerald, came at Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich with all the bravado of Eliot Ness going after Al Capone in the movie "The Untouchables." He told a throng of reporters that Blagojevich had embarked on a "corruption crime spree" and added, with a touch of the melodramatic, that the Democratic governor's crimes "would make Lincoln turn over in his grave." Blagojevich responded by hitting the talk show circuit, calling the charges unfounded and criticizing Fitzgerald. U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, shown here in June, is seen as a "prosecutor's prosecutor"...
  • (Blago) Verdict could cast light or shadow on Patrick Fitzgerald (Next move FBI Director?)

    08/08/2010 11:13:01 AM PDT · by maggief · 24 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 7, 2010 | Stacy St. Clair
    EXCERPT That feeling is heightened by speculation that Fitzgerald, the longest-serving U.S. attorney in Chicago history, may have stayed in his post largely to shepherd the Blagojevich case. And no matter what the jury decides, the trial's end is almost certain to rekindle interest in the top prosecutor's possible next move, a popular parlor game in local legal and political circles. Many have wondered in recent years whether Fitzgerald's Chicago tenure was winding down and if he would seek a higher post within the Justice Department or forge a career in private practice. Shortly after President Obama took office, there...
  • Debunking the Carter Ruck defence of British-Iraqi billionaire Nadhmi Auchi ( + REZKO et al)

    07/01/2009 11:09:45 AM PDT · by 1066AD · 5 replies · 346+ views
    Hawaii Free Press / WikiLeaks ^ | 5/29/2008 | Andrew Walden
    May 29, 2008 By Andrew Walden (Hawai'i Free Press) Nadhmi Auchi, seen here with the Governor of Illinois, Rob Blagojevich (middle) at a 2004 Chicago dinner in Auchi's honor arranged by Antonin Rezko (potentially, right)[1]. All three men have been convicted of corruption related charges (Auchi 2003, Rezko 2008, Blagojevich 2009).[2] “A British-Iraqi billionaire lent millions of dollars to Barack Obama's fundraiser (dual US-Syrian citizen Tony Rezko) just weeks before an imprudent land deal that has returned to haunt the presidential contender, an investigation by The Times discloses. The money transfer raises the question of whether funds from Nadhmi Auchi,...
  • Sam Adam Jr. accuses Barack Obama's transition team of negotiating with Rod Blagojevich

    07/27/2010 10:48:25 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 24 replies
    Sun Times ^ | 7-27-10 | Sarah Ostman, Natasha Korecki, Dave McKinney, Abdon Pallasch
    Sam Adam Jr. has just accused President Barack Obama and his transition team of negotiating with Blagojevich. The offer came from Rod to Tom Balanoff, Adam says. Balanoff brought it to Valerie Jarrett and word came back from Rahm Emanuel through John Wyma. It's a negotiation they were in, he said of Obama and Blagojevich. "You start high and they come low," Adam said. In another comical moment, Adam mocks the prosecution and judge for keeping him quiet. Adam is trying to explain extortion to the jury when prosecutor Reid Schar shoots up. Adam is silent and puts his arm...
  • Blagojevich: Opening statements will 'unlock the truth'( "Stay Tuned" )

    06/07/2010 8:40:39 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 19 replies · 76+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 7, 2010 | Bob Secter
    This is getting to be a regular thing, trial watchers. Along with your morning coffee, it appears you can also get a morning jolt of Rod Blagojevich publicly proclaiming his innocence in a variety of ways and with a variety of well worn metaphors. The former governor started the morning on the Don and Roma talk show on WLS-AM, the same conservative talker that started giving him a platform as a weekend host shortly after his impeachment last year. Sounding much like he did when he was still governor and doing regular battle with House Speaker Michael Madigan, Blagojevich didn’t...
  • Obama Patrick Fitzgerald meeting? Did Obama meet w/ Patrick Fitz. past 24 hrs,Little birdie say yes

    05/30/2010 11:52:44 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 10 replies · 1,178+ views
    Citizen Wells ^ | May 29, 2010
    Obama Patrick Fitzgerald meeting?, Did Obama meet with Patrick Fitzgerald past 24 hoursJust this morning, May 29, 2010,  Citizen Wells reported the following:“Is this part of the setup?“These questions beg for an answer and we deserve one. Why wasn’t Rod Blagojevich indicted soon after the Rezko trial ended in June 2008? He was wreaking havoc on the citizens of Illinois. Why was the arrest of Blagojevich delayed until December 2008, after the 2008 elections? Why was prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald given this assignment by Barack Obama? August 5, 2009 “I was preparing a new article, a more detailed version of an...
  • What Are the Odds Obama Testifies in Blagojevich Case?

    04/25/2010 8:07:58 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 83 replies · 2,245+ views
    ABC News/Chicago Tribune ^ | 4-24-10 | Russell Goldman
    Presidential Subpoenas Are Rare But Not Unprecedented Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich wants to subpoena President Obama to testify in his corruption trial, an outcome experts say is highly unlikely, but not without precedent. A computer glitch has made public redacted documents, in which the former governor alleges that Obama was actively engaged in the process to pick his Senate successor.
  • Video - Blagojevich calls feds 'cowards and liars (won't play ALL tapes)

    04/20/2010 8:22:51 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 30 replies · 742+ views
    VIDEO ~ ~ ~ BLAGOJEVICH: PROSECUTORS ARE "COWARDS AND THEY ARE LIARS" In a news conference outside his lawyers' South Side office, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich outright asked for a showdown with U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald. Blagojevich said he would go to court tomorrow and he hoped Fitzgerald "was man enough to be there too." He called federal prosecutors "cowards and liars," for "hitting below the belt" and lodging allegations against his wife, Patti, last week as well as for opposing his playing all the secret FBI tapes in court. "They're now hitting below the belt and attacking my wife,"...
  • Rezko's cash used to renovate Blagojevich home, feds say

    04/14/2010 6:19:45 PM PDT · by penelopesire · 14 replies · 550+ views
    Chicago Sun TImes ^ | April 14, 2010 | NATASHA KORECKI, CHRIS FUSCO AND TIM NOVAK
    "Rod and Patti Blagojevich have long claimed they dipped into their own checking account to pay for personal home renovations set up by a company of convicted businessman Tony Rezko. But a newly released, 91-page filing from federal prosecutors alleges that Rezko secretly funneled tens of thousands of dollars to the former first couple by setting up a sham $40,000 real estate commission for Patti Blagojevich. Prosecutors say the money was then used to pay for work on the Ravenswood Manor home. The company overseeing the work on the home was a Rezko company, Chicago Construction Services."
  • FBI releases notes from interview with Cheney about Plame leak (Fri night MSM dump)

    10/30/2009 3:58:26 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 25 replies · 1,823+ views
    WashPost ^ | 10-30-09 | Barton Gellman
    Former vice president Richard B. Cheney told a special prosecutor in 2004 that he could not remember playing any role in leaking the identity of Valerie Plame as a clandestine CIA officer, according to FBI records released under court order Friday. In his May 8, 2004, interview with Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald, Cheney said he could not recall when he learned that Plame, the wife of Iraq war critic Joseph C. Wilson IV, worked for the CIA; could not recall telling his chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, about Plame's employment; and could not recall telling Libby to disclose...
  • What Ever Happened to the Chicago Investigations? (Vanity-Bloj and Others)

    09/05/2009 12:26:58 PM PDT · by nufsed · 44 replies · 2,320+ views
    news follow-up | 9 | Self
    Has anyone stayed on this story?
  • Bye-Bye Burris

    07/10/2009 6:21:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies · 1,510+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 10, 2009
    Politics: The career of Roland Burris, a political cipher from Illinois who became a U.S. senator and the lamest of ducks, is over. He can now retire into the obscurity he so richly deserves.Having obtained the seat under a cloud of typical Illinois corruption, Burris announced Friday he won't run for a full term in 2010. He was appointed by the former and recently impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich who, among his other accomplishments, tried to auction off the seat formerly held by Barack Obama. Blagojevich was forced out of office and may soon join other Illinois governors who went on...
  • Libby Prosecutor Threatens Critic

    06/24/2009 3:43:49 PM PDT · by patriotgal1787 · 7 replies · 1,400+ views
    Jack Cashill ^ | June 11, 2009 | Jack Cashill
    When published in hardback in 2006, Peter Lance’s investigative book, Triple Cross, deserved more attention than it got. Thanks to U.S Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, the prosecutor of Scooter Libby and Rod Blagojevich, the paperback release of Triple Cross will get much more attention than the hardback release did three years ago. "Of particular interest to me, Lance details how the Ali Mohamed case intersected with the TWA Flight 800 case, a subject that Lance is not afraid to tackle." Fitzgerald does not approve of the book’s thesis, a thesis embedded in the original subtitle, “How Bin Laden’s Master Spy Penetrated...
  • Lancing Fitzgerald

    06/21/2009 12:57:46 PM PDT · by cricket · 10 replies · 660+ views
    American Thinker ^ | June 21,2009 | Clarice Feldman/Peter Lance
    Peter Lance, author of Triple Cross, a book critical of Patrick Fitzgerald and in particular his handling of material and witnesses which handled otherwise might have prevented 9/11, details the latter's efforts to intimidate his publisher into censoring the book before it is published in paperback. [Lance: While nobody invites litigation, I look forward to sitting across a table from Mr. Fitzgerald at a deposition. It would give me a chance to grill him the same way he’s gone after many others. I have a reporter’s notebook full of questions: Why did Al Qaeda master spy Ali Mohamed outmaneuver him...
  • Coast to Coast AM- Spying & Espionage

    06/13/2009 7:39:54 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 14 replies · 816+ views
    Coast to Coast AM ^ | June 13 | Staff
    In the first hour, investigative reporter Peter Lance will talk about the attempts by U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald to kill his book, Triple Cross http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0060886889/ctoc . Then, former KGB agent and intelligence expert Oleg Kalugin ( http://www.amazon.com/Spymaster-Thirty-two-Intelligence-Espionage-Against/dp/0465014453/ctoc ) will discuss Soviet propaganda, including mysterious disappearances and cover-ups, and give us an insider account of what it was like to be a spy working behind the Iron Curtain.
  • US Attorney Jeffrey Taylor Resigns (from Donofrio)

    06/02/2009 7:03:12 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 14 replies · 662+ views
    Natural Born Citizen ^ | June 1, 2009 | Leo Donofrio
    On May 28, Jeffrey Taylor resigned as acting US Attorney for the District of Columbia. I have not heard from one person who got a response from him regarding their quo warranto letters. I did hear from one person who had proof that their QW letter to Taylor had been rerouted to the White House. There is much speculation as to why Taylor resigned. I think it’s interesting to note that while he didn’t file a quo warranto regarding Obama’s eligibility, he also never told anyone who wrote to him that Obama was actually eligible and that Obama had been...
  • Fitzgerald: Fight crime by hiring felons- (head explosion time: Fitzie-Chicago)

    05/30/2009 2:53:16 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 46 replies · 2,144+ views
    U.S. attorney says business could help cut murder rate, hire teens as interns U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald stood before a room packed with business officials Thursday and asked them to do something they probably have never considered: Hire felons Not exactly the kind of request you'd expect from the area's top federal law enforcement official, who's better known for locking up criminals. But Fitzgerald told the audience that while law enforcement targets the worst of the worst, the community needs to get more involved -- especially the business community -- to help drive down murder numbers and keep kids out...
  • BREAKING: U.S. Attorney to indict elected official [ Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald.......]

    05/28/2009 11:32:20 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 150 replies · 15,945+ views
    BREAKING: U.S. Attorney to indict elected official @ 2:05 pm by Eric Zimmermann The U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago will reportedly indict an elected official today. Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald will hold a 2PM CST press conference where he is expected to announce the indicment. No details have been released on who the elected official is, including whether it's a federal, state or local official.
  • US attorney encourages businesses to hire felons

    05/21/2009 2:03:06 PM PDT · by Velveeta · 22 replies · 717+ views
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | Thursday, May 21st 2009 | AP
    U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald says the business community can help reduce violence in Chicago by hiring ex-convicts. Fitzgerald told a Chicago civic club on Thursday that jobs help ex-offenders stay away from the criminal activity that landed them in jail. Job opportunities for ex-offenders are part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a joint effort between law enforcement, government and community partners to help reduce gun violence in Chicago. Many people with criminal records want the chance to do something different with their lives and Fitzgerald called it "negligent" not to think about ways to help them.
  • Chicago Straight -Connecting the dots: Blago, Obama, Emanuel and Axelrod

    05/19/2009 8:25:08 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 20 replies · 1,627+ views
    Chicago Magazine ^ | June 2009 Issue | David Bernstein
    The arrest of Governor Rod Blagojevich in December cast a shadowy light on the relationships among four leading players in the Illinois Democratic Party—Blagojevich, Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel, and David Axelrod. The new president and his two aides would like to minimize their dealings with the disgraced ex-governor. But the record tells a more complex story By David Bernstein (page 1 of 4) In the days following his arrest on corruption charges last December 9th, Governor Rod Blagojevich did his best to appear busy. He visited his 16th-floor suite at the Thompson Center, once even showing up in a jogging...
  • Jordanian National Arrested for Sending Threatening Letter to Jewish School (Chicago)

    03/21/2009 10:13:18 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 10 replies · 662+ views
    Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was joined by Patrick J. Fitzgerald, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, in announcing the arrest of MOHAMMED T. ALKARAMLA, age 24, of 6029 North Artesian in Chicago. ALKARAMLA was arrested earlier today at his residence, without incident, by members of the Chicago FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). ALKARAMLA, who is a Jordanian national, was charged in a criminal complaint filed today in U.S. District Court in Chicago with one (1) count of sending an Interstate Threatening Communication, which is...
  • Blagojevich loses bid to force prosecutor Fitzgerald from case

    03/08/2009 7:10:22 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 39 replies · 658+ views
    Jurist ^ | 3-7-09 | Andrew Gilmore
    A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] on Friday rejected an attempt by former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich [JURIST news archive] to have US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald of the US Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] removed from his federal corruption case. The ruling by Judge James Holderman denied [Bloomberg report] Blagojevich's request to disqualify Fitzgerald from the case. Blagojevich had argued that Fitzgerald should be removed from the case for making biased and inflammatory remarks during a January press conference. In January, the Illinois State Senate voted...
  • NBC: Patrick Fitzgerald Stays!

    02/11/2009 2:32:45 AM PST · by malkee · 42 replies · 1,199+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Feb. 10, 2009 | Pete Williams
    From NBC's Pete Williams Patrick Fitzgerald, the U.S. attorney in Chicago who brought criminal fraud charges against Rod Blagojevich, will be staying in his job in the Obama administration, even though he was appointed to the position by President George W. Bush. U.S. attorneys are political appointees. The normal practice, when there's a change of political parties in the White House, is for the incoming administration to replace all 93 U.S. attorneys with appointees from the new president's party. For now, the Obama administration has asked the current Republican-appointed U.S. attorneys to remain in their posts while it considers how...
  • These running shoes were made for talking

    01/29/2009 10:32:43 PM PST · by malkee · 12 replies · 867+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1-29-09 | John Kass
    On his first day as a private citizen, now unemployed and with a federal indictment bearing down on him, Rod Blagojevich should stick to his routine, put on his track suit and go for a run. He usually runs 5 miles at a brisk pace, but the new route I'm proposing would take about 8 miles. He's in shape for it, and he's got the time. From his Northwest Side home he should run south on Ashland, to Lincoln Avenue, and head southeast on his way downtown. His wife, Patti, can drive the car and meet him there with a...
  • Media averts eyes from subpoenas to Obama top staff

    01/26/2009 5:42:25 AM PST · by libstripper · 23 replies · 1,633+ views
    Americdan Thinker ^ | January 25, 2009 | Thomas Lifson
    "And on the fifth day, subpoenas were served to Obama senior staff." That's how Doug Ross of Director Blue puts it, describing the import of the story the media chose to ignore. In the deadest news hole of the week, Saturday, the list of subpoenas served by Patrick Fitzgerald was released. It contained:
  • The Unjust and Unconstitutional Trial of Rod Blagojevich

    01/25/2009 7:06:21 PM PST · by STARWISE · 24 replies · 1,113+ views
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 1-25-09 | William A. Jacobson
    On Monday, January 26, 2009, the impeachment trial of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich begins. Nominally, the trial will be held by the Illinois Senate with the Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court presiding. In reality, this case is, and always has been, under the control of U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald. The impeachment process started just days after Fitzgerald held his now famous press conference on December 9, 2008, in which Fitzgerald announced that Blagojevich was guilty of various crimes while in office, most spectacularly the attempt to sell Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat. The charge was made in a...
  • Blagojevich lawyers want US attorney off case

    01/08/2009 1:56:14 PM PST · by malkee · 53 replies · 1,821+ views
    AP ^ | Jan 8 2009
    CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Rod Blagojevich's defense attorneys have asked a federal judge to throw U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and all his assistants off the fraud and bribery case against him. Chief defense counsel Edward Genson said in a motion Thursday that the news conference Fitzgerald held in announcing the charges was so filled with prejudicial publicity that the prosecutor should bow out. The full text of the motion wasn't immediately available because it had been filed under seal. But it was described by U.S. District Court Chief Judge James Holderman, who ordered it unsealed, and by Blagojevich attorney Sheldon...
  • Judge gives more time for Blagojevich indictment

    01/05/2009 2:26:18 PM PST · by malkee · 16 replies · 1,127+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | JAN 5 2009 | Jeff Coen
    Reporting from Chicago -- Federal prosecutors have been granted an extra three months to seek an indictment of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. U.S. Chief District Court Judge James Holderman entered an order allowing the indictment deadline to be extended from Jan. 7 to April 7, according to the court docket in the Blagojevich case. Prosecutors had sought the extension last week, citing the complexity of their investigation of pay-to-play politics in the Blagojevich administration. The government charged Blagojevich in a criminal complaint, citing the need for speed to keep him from allegedly making a deal to sell his appointment to...
  • The U.S. Attorney Question Partially Answered

    01/03/2009 10:24:07 AM PST · by STARWISE · 10 replies · 497+ views
    Legal Times ^ | 1-2-09
    In a meeting last month with the Barack Obama’s transition staff, representatives of the nation’s top prosecutors caught a glimpse of the president-elect’s thinking on the politically fraught issue of what to do with the the current 93 U.S. attorneys. “[The president-elect] is going to be smart and be cautious. My gut feeling is it won’t be like it was in 1993,” said U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton of Texas’ Western District, a member of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee of U.S. Attorneys. On Dec. 11, Sutton and 15 other members of the committee met with Obama’s DOJ transition chief, David...
  • Does Fitzgerald owe Illinois an apology for a mess he created?

    01/01/2009 8:27:12 PM PST · by STARWISE · 76 replies · 2,617+ views
    SW News Herald ^ | 12-31-08 | Ray Hanania
    Illinois is the laughing stock of America and even the world, but you can’t say it just happened because of the scandal engulfing our governor, Rod Blagojevich. It’s been that way for a long time. The difference is that today, many in Illinois politics, Republicans and Democrats, are exploiting it for their own selfish agendas. The people declaring that Illinois is the nation’s laughing stock the most are in fact politicians, elected and government officials from Illinois, all seeking some personal advantage in the Blagojevich scandal. But the real challenge we face is not what the rest of America thinks...
  • U.S. Attorney Seeks Extension to Indict Blagojevich

    12/31/2008 9:13:23 AM PST · by disraeligears · 112 replies · 4,905+ views
    fox news internet ^ | December 31, 2008
    U.S. Attorney Seeks Extension to Indict Blagojevich Patrick Fitzgerald has asked the court to grant him 90 days to review massive amounts of materials in the case against the Illinois governor.
  • Blagojevich Prosecutors Seek Ruling on Tapes

    12/29/2008 11:51:19 PM PST · by malkee · 2 replies · 537+ views
    New York Times ^ | MONICA DAVEY and MALCOLM GAY
    CHICAGO — Federal prosecutors who recorded the telephone conversations of Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich as part of a criminal investigation are asking a judge whether they may turn over four recordings to state lawmakers who are conducting an impeachment inquiry against him. The recordings, parts of which prosecutors described in an affidavit made public on Dec. 9 when Mr. Blagojevich was arrested on federal corruption charges, have emerged as a focal point in the problems surrounding him. The Illinois House committee conducting the impeachment inquiry wants to hear them, as do Mr. Blagojevich’s lawyers. The parts already publicly described are...
  • Blagojevich Lawyer to Submit Obama Report to Panel

    12/28/2008 11:49:13 PM PST · by malkee · 15 replies · 1,444+ views
    Fox News ^ | Monday, December 29, 2008 | AP
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The lead attorney for Gov. Rod Blagojevich said he plans to submit President-elect Barack Obama's internal report on contacts with the scandal-plagued governor to the Illinois House committee weighing impeachment. Attorney Ed Genson told the Chicago Sun-Times on Sunday the report would support Blagojevich's claims that he hasn't done anything wrong in his handling of Obama's vacant U.S. Senate seat. Earlier in the week, Obama released the internal report supporting his insistence that there had been no inappropriate contact with the governor's office by Obama or his staff. State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie, chairwoman of the committee,...
  • US Atty Asks Panel Not to Subpoena Obama Aides

    12/27/2008 4:37:13 PM PST · by melt · 74 replies · 3,385+ views
    ABC News ^ | 12/27/08 | CARYN ROUSSEAU
    The Illinois House committee investigating a possible impeachment of Gov. Rod Blagojevich won't subpoena two incoming White House advisers, the committee chairwoman said Saturday, shutting down a request from the governor's attorney. In a letter received by the committee Friday, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald asked the special investigative committee specifically to not subpoena President-elect Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, incoming chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and Nils Larsen, a Tribune Co. executive vice president. Fitzgerald said any such subpoenas "would interfere with the ongoing criminal investigation into the activities of Governor Rod Blagojevich and others."...
  • Obama upholds tradition, testifying for federal prosecutors

    12/25/2008 1:08:07 PM PST · by malkee · 16 replies · 1,290+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | Dec. 25, 2008 | Peter Baker
    Every president for more than three decades has had to talk with federal prosecutors at one time or another. President-elect Barack Obama may have set a land speed record by giving his first interview to investigators even before taking the oath of office. Obama sat down last week with four investigators looking into the alleged attempt to sell his former Senate seat. As a witness, rather than a target, Obama seems to have had an easier time with the experience than some of his predecessors. But it is certainly not the way he wanted to begin his presidency. "Here the...
  • Obama Interviewed by U.S. Attorney

    12/23/2008 2:42:27 PM PST · by RtWngr · 28 replies · 1,295+ views
    Craig Report vis Chicago Tribune ^ | 12/23/08 | Greg Craig
    "These accounts were communicated to the Office of the United States Attorney in interviews that were conducted last week. At the request of the Office, we delayed the release of this report until such time as the interviews could be completed. The interviews took place over a period of three days: Thursday, December 18, 2008 (the President-Elect); December 19, 2008 (Valerie Jarrett); and December 20, 2008 (Rahm Emanuel)."
  • Christmas Eve Would Be Too Obvious?

    12/23/2008 4:09:48 PM PST · by Smogger · 24 replies · 2,104+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 12/23/2008 | Jennifer Rubin -
    I’m not sure whether it’s the 4:30pm timing or the fact that Rahm Emanuel is in Africa that’s my favorite part of the Obama team’s Blago internal review “drop and run” scenario. Really, as others note, the MSM is so placid the Obama team probably could have gotten away with releasing it outside the holiday rush and even answering some questions. But this approach only adds to the “transparency in name only” phenomenon and will irritate a few of the more conscientious reporters. (We note that we already have gone from “no” contacts to “no inappropriate contacts with Blago” with...