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Details Of Complaint Against Blagojevich
CBS2Chicago ^ | 12/09/2008 | U.S. Attorney's Office

Posted on 12/09/2008 7:10:49 AM PST by iowamark

CHICAGO (CBS) ― Full release from U.S. Attorney's Office:

Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich and his Chief of Staff, John Harris, were arrested today by FBI agents on federal corruption charges alleging that they and others are engaging in ongoing criminal activity: conspiring to obtain personal financial benefits for Blagojevich by leveraging his sole authority to appoint a United States Senator; threatening to withhold substantial state assistance to the Tribune Company in connection with the sale of Wrigley Field to induce the firing of Chicago Tribune editorial board members sharply critical of Blagojevich; and to obtain campaign contributions in exchange for official actions – both historically and now in a push before a new state ethics law takes effect January 1, 2009.

Blagojevich, 51, and Harris, 46, both of Chicago, were each charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and solicitation of bribery. They were charged in a two-count criminal complaint that was sworn out on Sunday and unsealed today following their arrests, which occurred without incident, announced Patrick J. Fitzgerald, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Both men were expected to appear later today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nan Nolan in U.S. District Court in Chicago.

A 76-page FBI affidavit alleges that Blagojevich was intercepted on court-authorized wiretaps during the last month conspiring to sell or trade Illinois' U.S. Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama for financial and other personal benefits for himself and his wife. At various times, in exchange for the Senate appointment, Blagojevich discussed obtaining:

A substantial salary for himself at a either a non-profit foundation or an organization affiliated with labor unions;

Placing his wife on paid corporate boards where he speculated she might garner as much as $150,000 a year;

Promises of campaign funds – including cash up front; and

A cabinet post or ambassadorship for himself.

Just last week, on December 4, Blagojevich allegedly told an advisor that he might "get some (money) up front, maybe" from Senate Candidate 5, if he named Senate Candidate 5 to the Senate seat, to insure that Senate Candidate 5 kept a promise about raising money for Blagojevich if he ran for re-election. In a recorded conversation on October 31, Blagojevich claimed he was approached by an associate of Senate Candidate 5 as follows: "We were approached 'pay to play.' That, you know, he'd raise 500 grand. An emissary came. Then the other guy would raise a million, if I made him (Senate Candidate 5) a Senator."

On November 7, while talking on the phone about the Senate seat with Harris and an advisor, Blagojevich said he needed to consider his family and that he is "financially" hurting, the affidavit states. Harris allegedly said that they were considering what would help the "financial security" of the Blagojevich family and what will keep Blagojevich "politically viable." Blagojevich stated, "I want to make money," adding later that he is interested in making $250,000 to $300,000 a year, the complaint alleges.

On November 10, in a lengthy telephone call with numerous advisors that included discussion about Blagojevich obtaining a lucrative job with a union-affiliated organization in exchange for appointing a particular Senate Candidate whom he believed was favored by the President-elect and which is described in more detail below, Blagojevich and others discussed various ways Blagojevich could "monetize" the relationships he has made as governor to make money after leaving that office. "The breadth of corruption laid out in these charges is staggering," Mr. Fitzgerald said. "They allege that Blagojevich put a 'for sale' sign on the naming of a United States Senator; involved himself personally in pay-to-play schemes with the urgency of a salesman meeting his annual sales target; and corruptly used his office in an effort to trample editorial voices of criticism. The citizens of Illinois deserve public officials who act solely in the public's interest, without putting a price tag on government appointments, contracts and decisions," he added.

Mr. Grant said: "Many, including myself, thought that the recent conviction of a former governor would usher in a new era of honesty and reform in Illinois politics. Clearly, the charges announced today reveal that the office of the Governor has become nothing more than a vehicle for self-enrichment, unrestricted by party affiliation and taking Illinois politics to a new low."

Mr. Fitzgerald and Mr. Grant thanked the Chicago offices of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Inspector General for assisting in the ongoing investigation. The probe is part of Operation Board Games, a five-year-old public corruption investigation of pay-to-play schemes, including insider-dealing, influence-peddling and kickbacks involving private interests and public duties.

Federal agents today also executed search warrants at the offices of Friends of Blagojevich located at 4147 North Ravenswood, Suite 300, and at the Thompson Center office of Deputy Governor A.

Pay-to-Play Schemes

The charges include historical allegations that Blagojevich and Harris schemed with others – including previously convicted defendants Antoin Rezko, Stuart Levine, Ali Ata and others – since becoming governor in 2002 to obtain and attempt to obtain financial benefits for himself, his family and third parties, including his campaign committee, Friends of Blagojevich, in exchange for appointments to state boards and commissions, state employment, state contracts and access to state funds. A portion of the affidavit recounts the testimony of various witnesses at Rezko's trial earlier this year.

The charges focus, however, on events since October when the Government obtained information that Blagojevich and Fundraiser A, who is chairman of Friends of Blagojevich, were accelerating Blagojevich's allegedly corrupt fund-raising activities to accumulate as much money as possible this year before a new state ethics law would severely curtail Blagojevich's ability to raise money from individuals and entities that have existing contracts worth more than $50,000 with the State of Illinois. Agents learned that Blagojevich was seeking approximately $2.5 million in campaign contributions by the end of the year, principally from or through individuals or entities – many of which have received state contacts or appointments – identified on a list maintained by Friends of Blagojevich, which the FBI has obtained.

The affidavit details multiple incidents involving efforts by Blagojevich to obtain campaign contributions in connection with his official actions as governor, including these three in early October:

* After an October 6 meeting with Harris and Individuals A and B, during which Individual B sought state help with a business venture, Blagojevich told Individual A to approach Individual B about raising $100,000 for Friends of Blagojevich this year. Individual A said he later learned that Blagojevich reached out directly to Individual B to ask about holding a fund-raiser;

* Also on October 6, Blagojevich told Individual A that he expected Highway Contractor 1 to raise $500,000 in contributions and that he was willing to commit additional state money to a Tollway project – beyond $1.8 billion that Blagojevich announced on October15 – but was waiting to see how much money the contractor raised for Friends of Blagojevich; and

* On October 8, Blagojevich told Individual A that he wanted to obtain a $50,000 contribution from Hospital Executive 1, the chief executive officer of Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, which had recently received a commitment of $8 million in state funds. When the contribution was not forthcoming, Blagojevich discussed with Deputy Governor A the feasibility of rescinding the funding.

On October 21, the Government obtained a court order authorizing the interception of conversations in both a personal office and a conference room used by Blagojevich at the offices of Friends of Blagojevich. The FBI began intercepting conversations in those rooms on the morning of October 22. A second court order was obtained last month allowing those interceptions to continue. On October 29, a court order was signed authorizing the interception of conversations on a hardline telephone used by Blagojevich at his home. That wiretap was extended for 30 days on November 26, according to the affidavit.

Another alleged example of a pay-to-play scheme was captured in separate telephone conversations that Blagojevich had with Fundraiser A on November 13 and Lobbyist 1 on December 3. Lobbyist 1 was reporting to Blagojevich about his efforts to collect a contribution from Contributor 1 and related that he "got in his face" to make it clear to Contributor 1 that a commitment to make a campaign contribution had to be done now, before there could be some skittishness over the timing of the contribution and Blagojevich signing a bill that would benefit Contributor 1. Blagojevich commented to Lobbyist 1 "good" and "good job." The bill in question, which is awaiting Blagojevich 's signature, is believed to be legislation that directs a percentage of casino revenue to the horse racing industry.

Sale of U.S. Senate Appointment

Regarding the Senate seat, the charges allege that Blagojevich, Harris and others have engaged and are engaging in efforts to obtain personal gain, including financial gain, to benefit Blagojevich and his family through corruptly using Blagojevich's sole authority to appoint a successor to the unexpired term of the President-elect's former Senate seat, which he resigned effective November 16. The affidavit details numerous conversations about the Senate seat between November 3 and December 5. In these conversations, Blagojevich repeatedly discussed the attributes of potential candidates, including their abilities to benefit the people of Illinois, and the financial and political benefits he and his wife could receive if he appointed various of the possible candidates.

Throughout the intercepted conversations, Blagojevich also allegedly spent significant time weighing the option of appointing himself to the open Senate seat and expressed a variety of reasons for doing so, including: frustration at being "stuck" as governor; a belief that he will be able to obtain greater resources if he is indicted as a sitting Senator as opposed to a sitting governor; a desire to remake his image in consideration of a possible run for President in 2016; avoiding impeachment by the Illinois legislature; making corporate contacts that would be of value to him after leaving public office; facilitating his wife's employment as a lobbyist; and generating speaking fees should he decide to leave public office.

In the earliest intercepted conversation about the Senate seat described in the affidavit, Blagojevich told Deputy Governor A on November 3 that if he is not going to get anything of value for the open seat, then he will take it for himself: "if . . . they're not going to offer anything of any value, then I might just take it." Later that day, speaking to Advisor A, Blagojevich said: "I'm going to keep this Senate option for me a real possibility, you know, and therefore I can drive a hard bargain." He added later that the seat "is a [expletive] valuable thing, you just don't give it away for nothing."

Over the next couple of days – Election Day and the day after – Blagojevich was captured discussing with Deputy Governor A whether he could obtain a cabinet position, such as Secretary of Health and Human Services or the Department of Energy or various ambassadorships. In a conversation with Harris on November 4, Blagojevich analogized his situation to that of a sports agent shopping a potential free agent to the highest bidder. The day after the election, Harris allegedly suggested to Blagojevich that the President-elect could make him the head of a private foundation.

Later on November 5, Blagojevich said to Advisor A, "I've got this thing and it's [expletive] golden, and, uh, uh, I'm just not giving it up for [expletive] nothing. I'm not gonna do it. And, and I can always use it. I can parachute me there," the affidavit states.

Two days later, in a three-way call with Harris and Advisor B, a consultant in Washington, Blagojevich and the others allegedly discussed the prospect of a three-way deal for the Senate appointment involving an organization called "Change to Win," which is affiliated with various unions including the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

On November 10, Blagojevich, his wife, Harris, Governor General Counsel, Advisor B and other Washington-based advisors participated at different times in a two-hour phone call in which they allegedly discussed, among other things, a deal involving the SEIU. Harris said they could work out a deal with the union and the President-elect where SEIU could help the President-elect with Blagojevich's appointment of Senate Candidate 1, while Blagojevich would obtain a position as the National Director of the Change to Win campaign and SEIU would get something favorable from the President-elect in the future. Also during that call, Blagojevich agreed it was unlikely that the President-elect would name him Secretary of Health and Human Services or give him an ambassadorship because of all of the negative publicity surrounding him.

In a conversation with Harris on November 11, the charges state, Blagojevich said he knew that the President-elect wanted Senate Candidate 1 for the open seat but "they're not willing to give me anything except appreciation. [Expletive] them." Earlier in that conversation, Blagojevich suggested starting a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization, which he could head and engage in political activity and lobbying. In that conversation with Harris and other discussions with him and others over the next couple of days, Blagojevich suggested by name several well-known, wealthy individuals who could be prevailed upon to seed such an organization with $10-$15 million, and suggesting that he could take the organization's reins when he is no longer governor, according to the affidavit.

On November 12, Blagojevich spoke with SEIU Official who was in Washington. This conversation occurred about a week after Blagojevich had met with SEIU Official to discuss the Senate seat, with the understanding that the union official was an emissary to discuss Senate Candidate 1's interest in the Senate seat. During the November 12 conversation, Blagojevich allegedly explained the non-profit organization idea to SEIU Official and said that it could help Senate Candidate 1. The union official agreed to "put that flag up and see where it goes," although the official also had said he wasn't certain if Senate Candidate 1 wanted the official to keep pushing her candidacy. Senate Candidate 1 eventually removed herself from consideration for the open seat.

Also on November 12, in a conversation with Harris, the complaint affidavit states that Blagojevich said his decision about the open Senate seat will be based on three criteria in the following order of importance: "our legal situation, our personal situation, my political situation. This decision, like every other one, needs to be based upon that. Legal. Personal. Political." Harris said: "legal is the hardest one to satisfy." Blagojevich said that his legal problems could be solved by naming himself to the Senate seat.

As recently as December 4, in separate conversations with Advisor B and Fundraiser A, Blagojevich said that he was "elevating" Senate Candidate 5 on the list of candidates because, among other reasons, if Blagojevich ran for re-election, Senate Candidate 5 would "raise[] money" for him. Blagojevich said that he might be able to cut a deal with Senate Candidate 5 that provided Blagojevich with something "tangible up front." Noting that he was going to meet with Senate Candidate 5 in the next few days, Blagojevich told Fundraiser A to reach out to an intermediary (Individual D), from whom Blagojevich is attempting to obtain campaign contributions and who Blagojevich believes is close to Senate Candidate 5. Blagojevich told Fundraiser A to tell Individual D that Senate Candidate 5 was a very realistic candidate but Blagojevich was getting a lot of pressure not to appoint Senate Candidate 5, according to the affidavit.

Blagojevich allegedly told Fundraiser A to tell Individual D that if Senate Candidate 5 is going to be chosen, "some of this stuff's gotta start happening now . . . right now . . . and we gotta see it." Blagojevich continued, "You gotta be careful how you express that and assume everybody's listening, the whole world is listening. You hear me?" Blagojevich further directed Fundraiser A to talk to Individual D in person, not by phone, and to communicate the "urgency" of the situation.

Blagojevich spoke to Fundraiser A again the next day, December 5, and discussed that day's Chicago Tribune front page article stating that Blagojevich had recently been surreptitiously recorded as part of the ongoing criminal investigation. Blagojevich instructed Fundraiser A to "undo your [Individual D] thing," and Fundraiser A confirmed it would be undone, the complaint alleges.

Also on December 5, Blagojevich and three others allegedly discussed whether to move money out of the Friends of Blagojevich campaign fund to avoid having the money frozen by federal authorities and also considered the possibility of prepaying the money to Blagojevich's criminal defense attorney with an understanding that the attorney would donate the money back at a later time if it was not needed. They also discussed opening a new fund raising account named Citizens for Blagojevich with new contributions.

Misuse of State Funding To Induce Firing of Chicago Tribune Editorial Writers

According to the affidavit, intercepted phone calls revealed that the Tribune Company, which owns the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Cubs, has explored the possibility of obtaining assistance from the Illinois Finance Authority (IFA) relating to the Tribune Company's efforts to sell the Cubs and the financing or sale of Wrigley Field. In a November 6 phone call, Harris explained to Blagojevich that the deal the Tribune Company was trying to get through the IFA was basically a tax mitigation scheme in which the IFA would own title to Wrigley Field and the Tribune would not have to pay capital gains tax, which Harris estimated would save the company approximately $100 million.

Intercepted calls allegedly show that Blagojevich directed Harris to inform Tribune Owner and an associate, identified as Tribune Financial Advisor, that state financial assistance would be withheld unless members of the Chicago Tribune's editorial board were fired, primarily because Blagojevich viewed them as driving discussion of his possible impeachment. In a November 4 phone call, Blagojevich allegedly told Harris that he should say to Tribune Financial Advisor, Cubs Chairman and Tribune Owner, "our recommendation is fire all those [expletive] people, get 'em the [expletive] out of there and get us some editorial support."

On November 6, the day of a Tribune editorial critical of Blagojevich , Harris told Blagojevich that he told Tribune Financial Advisor the previous day that things "look like they could move ahead fine but, you know, there is a risk that all of this is going to get derailed by your own editorial page." Harris also told Blagojevich that he was meeting with Tribune Financial Advisor on November 10.

In a November 11 intercepted call, Harris allegedly told Blagojevich that Tribune Financial Advisor talked to Tribune Owner and Tribune Owner "got the message and is very sensitive to the issue." Harris told Blagojevich that according to Tribune Financial Advisor, there would be "certain corporate reorganizations and budget cuts coming and, reading between the lines, he's going after that section." Blagojevich allegedly responded. "Oh. That's fantastic." After further discussion, Blagojevich said, "Wow. Okay, keep our fingers crossed. You're the man. Good job, John."

In a further conversation on November 21, Harris told Blagojevich that he had singled out to Tribune Financial Advisor the Tribune's deputy editorial page editor, John McCormick, "as somebody who was the most biased and unfair." After hearing that Tribune Financial Advisor had assured Harris that the Tribune would be making changes affecting the editorial board, Blagojevich allegedly had a series of conversations with Chicago Cubs representatives regarding efforts to provide state financing for Wrigley Field. On November 30, Blagojevich spoke with the president of a Chicago-area sports consulting firm, who indicated that he was working with the Cubs on matters involving Wrigley Field. Blagojevich and Sports Consultant discussed the importance of getting the IFA transaction approved at the agency's December or January meeting because Blagojevich was contemplating leaving office in early January and his IFA appointees would still be in place to approve the deal, the charges allege.

The Government is being represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Reid Schar, Carrie Hamilton and Christopher Niewoehner.

If convicted, conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, while solicitation of bribery carries a maximum of 10 years in prison, and each count carries a maximum fine of $250,000. The Court, however, would determine the appropriate sentence to be imposed under the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines.

The public is reminded that a complaint contain only charges and is not evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.


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To: sarasota

Is Teflon the like jerri curl


101 posted on 12/09/2008 8:14:23 AM PST by al baby (Hi mom IF DA BIRTH PLACE IS A LIE, BEING DA PRESIDENT AIN'T GONNA FLY!)
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To: ClearCase_guy

ABC,CBS and NBC (DBA “MSNBC”) all mentioned he is a Democrat. CNN did not mention it. I did not check Fox.


102 posted on 12/09/2008 8:14:34 AM PST by seatrout (I wouldn't know most "American Idol" winners if I tripped over them!)
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To: batter

More reasons you don’t want politicians running the economy and healthcare.

If this guy did all this in a short time, imagine all the stuff they don’t have on wiretaps?

If this involved republicans the prez elect would be under strong suspicion right now.


103 posted on 12/09/2008 8:16:15 AM PST by Williams (It's The Policies, Stupid.)
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To: iowamark
llinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich and his Chief of Staff, John Harris, were arrested today by FBI agents on federal corruption charges


Rod, your new cell mate, Bubba, will just love that 'purty blow-dried hair'.
And he'll prolly name you ... Mary.

104 posted on 12/09/2008 8:17:23 AM PST by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: dead
Maybe there's some laws technically on the books about such activities, like those old "you can't horsewhip your neighbor's wife on rainy Tuesdays" kinda laws. Nothing that's actually enforced.

Sorta like if your a Black guy with no proof of citizenship you can become President of the United States

105 posted on 12/09/2008 8:17:23 AM PST by al baby (Hi mom IF DA BIRTH PLACE IS A LIE, BEING DA PRESIDENT AIN'T GONNA FLY!)
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To: elhombrelibre
This sure doesn't look good for Obama and his people they are seemingly directly involved. Click Here

Would they dare arrest Rahm Emmanual or whoever else is in Obama's cabinet, or Obama? Obama is not an official anything right now.

106 posted on 12/09/2008 8:18:26 AM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: iowamark

Do Federal Pens have Ambassador suites?


107 posted on 12/09/2008 8:19:18 AM PST by csvset
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To: iowamark

What did Obama know and when did he know it for sure...

From the indictment,

benefits for ROD BLAGOJEVICH, including, among
other things, appointment as Secretary of Health & Human Services in the President-elect’s
administration

Only people in the Obama Admin could be solicited to get that gurantee, maybe even the lead corruptor in charge himself.


108 posted on 12/09/2008 8:21:22 AM PST by tomnbeverly (Doing time on the Obama Plantation.)
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To: iowamark
Guilty! ;-)

109 posted on 12/09/2008 8:21:30 AM PST by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here. ;-)
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To: seatrout

I just turned on the View (I know, I don’t know what I was thinking) to see what they’d say, if anything. Whoopie, in her near-illiterate-way, read a VERY brief recap of the charges which was followed by a few seconds of banter, then on to a blurb about Oprah. No one mentioned Obama’s name, except to say that it’s his seat that was “sold” and NO ONE said the word DEMOCRAT.


110 posted on 12/09/2008 8:21:55 AM PST by Big_Monkey
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To: tomnbeverly
In a conversation with Harris on November 11, the charges state, Blagojevich said he knew that the President-elect wanted Senate Candidate 1 for the open seat but "they're not willing to give me anything except appreciation. [Expletive] them."

Who is that???

111 posted on 12/09/2008 8:26:12 AM PST by tiredoflaundry (Sometimes, I guess there's just not enough bags of popcorn.)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder
Oh, it is an obvious omission of party affiliation. Personally, I think the comrades who write such articles leave it out on purpose just to irk conservatives. Then, they monitor blogs like Free Republic to see how mad we become. It is the only joy they get when writing an article that is bringing down a fellow liberal.
112 posted on 12/09/2008 8:26:28 AM PST by crusty old prospector
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To: Big_Monkey; Frantzie; BonRad; MHGinTN; Txngal; joygrace; flaglady47; Newtiebacker; GBA; so_real; ...
PING -- ON DRUDGE NOW:


CROOK COUNTY: GOVERNOR, YOU'RE UNDER ARREST...
Federal probe widens to Obama's vacant seat, Illinois Gov...
'A fu**ing valuable thing, you just don't give it away for nothing'...
Wiretaps: 'I Want To Make Money'...
MERRY FITZMAS: Plame Leak Prosecutor Turns Attention on Obama's Home State...
'The breadth of corruption laid out in these charges is staggering'...


GRAND JURY SUBPOENAS ISSUED ON REZKO/OBAMA LAND DEAL


113 posted on 12/09/2008 8:28:09 AM PST by BP2 (I think, therefore I'm a conservative)
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To: BP2

timing is everything....


114 posted on 12/09/2008 8:28:52 AM PST by OL Hickory (Where is the America I knew as a boy?)
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To: iowamark
Mr. Fitzgerald and Mr. Grant thanked the Chicago offices of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Inspector General for assisting in the ongoing investigation. The probe is part of Operation Board Games, a five-year-old public corruption investigation of pay-to-play schemes, including insider-dealing, influence-peddling and kickbacks involving private interests and public duties.


Merry Fitzmas, everyone.
115 posted on 12/09/2008 8:29:55 AM PST by gondramB (Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.)
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To: BP2
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116 posted on 12/09/2008 8:31:00 AM PST by IrishPennant (Patriotism is strongest when accompanied by bad politics, loyal FRiends and great whiskey)
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To: BP2

Wow. Thanks for the updates!


117 posted on 12/09/2008 8:31:53 AM PST by thesetruths
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To: BP2

Worth watching to see how abamanation-rezko connection gets covered up.


118 posted on 12/09/2008 8:32:01 AM PST by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: BP2

Oh my, I didn’t think it could get better but it just did.


119 posted on 12/09/2008 8:32:55 AM PST by Bahbah (Typical white person-Snow white)
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To: iowamark
HAHAHHAAHAHAHA

I was at an event where President Bush spoke here in Illinois back in 2005. After the event all the idiots were gathered around Blago to talk to the crook.

NO ONE was by obama so I ended up getting his autograph (I'm a memoribilia collector). Back then I knew Blago was a crook and probably would have told him off getting arrested instead I got Obama's auto and blago is going to jail!!! HAHAHHAHAHA

And for the record I didn't vote for Obama for the Senate or POTUS. Just got his autograph because I'm a collector with good insight lol!!!

120 posted on 12/09/2008 8:33:32 AM PST by Dengar01
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To: iowamark

Here’s the SmokingGun link:

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2008/1209081rod1.html


121 posted on 12/09/2008 8:33:40 AM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear
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To: BP2

Could get VERY interesting!


122 posted on 12/09/2008 8:33:51 AM PST by The Sons of Liberty (NO Kenyan Usurpers in the White House - NObama !)
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To: OL Hickory

Yeah, timing IS important!!!

He's not Senator Obama...

He's not President-Elect Obama (not until the EC votes him in)...

He's JUST Mr. Obama


123 posted on 12/09/2008 8:34:21 AM PST by BP2 (I think, therefore I'm a conservative)
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To: gondramB

the house of cards is starting to collapse..how long do you think it will before obamas cronies start singing like birds to the feds...pride preceedeth the fall..

change?? no, more of the same...the same chicago mob union strong arm politics. sorry, mr. not yet president elect, if you live by corruption, you will fall from curruption.

oh yeah..i will wager that rezco is just the tip of the iceberg. when you run with the mob, you will enf up running fro them.

how do you think bho has kept so many secrets? you think hush money and strong arming had something to do with it?


124 posted on 12/09/2008 8:34:30 AM PST by SerafinQ
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To: iowamark
Wow! Fox News was just showing a montage (8 to 10) of pictures all showing Obama with Blago!
125 posted on 12/09/2008 8:36:51 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: tiredoflaundry

That my friend is Mr. CONSPIRACY knocking on the OBAMBI DOOR...

He is toast...


126 posted on 12/09/2008 8:38:13 AM PST by tomnbeverly (Doing time on the Obama Plantation.)
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To: BP2

pass the popcorn..and buckle up


127 posted on 12/09/2008 8:38:26 AM PST by OL Hickory (Where is the America I knew as a boy?)
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To: iowamark

About half way through reading this I was reminded of the movie where Admiral Kimmel rushes into his office during the bombing of Pearl Harbor and his aid starts rattlng off the damages.

Kimmel pounds the desk “The Battle ships man. What about the Battleships?”

My feeling was “Obama man, what about Obama”


128 posted on 12/09/2008 8:40:37 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Save America......... put out lots of wafarin)
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To: iowamark

Does anyone else find it amusing that his arrest happened on “the first Tuesday after the first Monday”, the very month after BO was selected?


129 posted on 12/09/2008 8:44:38 AM PST by Jcon
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To: tiredoflaundry

That would be his Chief of Staff, John Harris. Maybe we’ll get a two-fer.


130 posted on 12/09/2008 8:44:53 AM PST by Jcon
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To: iowamark
I had to laugh when confronted with the soft sell of ABC News. Ah what a sweet photo!!


131 posted on 12/09/2008 8:45:56 AM PST by JimSEA
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To: EternalVigilance
[Obama Senate seat being sold to the highest bidder]

aka, A gateway to the White House.

132 posted on 12/09/2008 8:46:31 AM PST by Polarik (quote)
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To: Jcon

I see. Closer & closer...


133 posted on 12/09/2008 8:47:23 AM PST by tiredoflaundry (Sometimes, I guess there's just not enough bags of popcorn.)
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To: Polarik

Barack Obama, bagman for the Chicago mob.


134 posted on 12/09/2008 8:49:04 AM PST by EternalVigilance
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To: Jcon

“Does anyone else find it amusing that his arrest happened on “the first Tuesday after the first Monday”, the very month after BO was selected?”

Sorry, my bad, it was the first Tuesday after the 2nd Monday, but still...


135 posted on 12/09/2008 8:50:53 AM PST by Jcon
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To: Jcon

>>> Yeah, timing IS important!!!

>>> He’s not Senator Obama...

>>> He’s not President-Elect Obama (not until the EC votes him in)...

>>> He’s JUST Mr. Obama...

Perhaps the Untouchables are slightly more in reach now...


136 posted on 12/09/2008 8:55:51 AM PST by BP2 (I think, therefore I'm a conservative)
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To: iowamark

Wonder if the SCOTUS would like a second look at Barry Sotero????


137 posted on 12/09/2008 8:58:00 AM PST by Born In America (Warning: Use liberals only under close conservative supervision.....)
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To: ClearCase_guy
I was wondering what party he belonged to. The article seems to skip over that detail.

This is a news release from the US Attorney's office. If they are doing their job correctly, partisan details are not relevant.

However, that doesn't relieve the news organizations of their responsibility to provide the context.

138 posted on 12/09/2008 8:58:00 AM PST by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.)
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To: BillyBoy

“Gee, what happened to all the useful idiot freepers who INSISTED Patrick Fitzgerald is a “partisan Democrat” who is “angling to be A.G. in the next Democrat adminstration””

Guilty. I never thought I would live to see this.


139 posted on 12/09/2008 9:08:55 AM PST by Western Phil
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To: BP2; MeekOneGOP; ntnychik; potlatch; devolve; dixiechick2000; Grampa Dave

140 posted on 12/09/2008 9:18:08 AM PST by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Kenya)
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To: Western Phil

IF half of this stuff is even remotely true...Rod is going to a pound me in the a** federal prison for a LONG LONG time...


141 posted on 12/09/2008 9:18:38 AM PST by HawkeyeRepublican
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To: HawkeyeRepublican

Just listened to Fitz’ press conference... Blogo is a whore.


142 posted on 12/09/2008 9:20:48 AM PST by jilliane
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To: crusty old prospector

You do realize that every state you mentioned has had a Republican Governor recently? Michigan and Illinois had Republican Governors until 2003, and Massachusetts and New York had Republican Governors until 2007. In my very blue state, we have a Republican Governor. Don’t be so quick to assume.


143 posted on 12/09/2008 9:29:28 AM PST by MinnesotaLibertarian
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To: iowamark

Blag’s hair alone is indictable.


144 posted on 12/09/2008 9:31:26 AM PST by macamadamia (Life is a continuation of war by other means.)
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To: jilliane

And quite frankly....I hope we find out who EVERYONE is that was involved here.

Hopefully, the Illinois GOP can get their head out of their rears to come in and put forth candidates to clean up Illinois...

I doubt it considering the Ill GOP is pretty dysfunctional right now..but if they can’t get it together after this..nothing can.


145 posted on 12/09/2008 9:31:50 AM PST by HawkeyeRepublican
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To: OL Hickory
timing is everything....

Yes it is -- in part why I did not believe Fitz was going to do anything prior to Election Day in order not to be accused of tampering with an election. He had to move now before Blagojevich actually had appointed someone to 0bama's Senate seat. The thing is, if indeed there is anything on 0bama in all this, how ironic would it be, his first official act as President of the United States to be issuing a pardon for all of his cronies here, giving himself one as well!

Chris Wallace nailed Ron Howard over his diatribe, Bush the same as Nixon, pointing out that whatever grievance one may have with Bush, nothing he's done was in order to promote/protect himself or the party. Will Howard, big 0bama supporter as we all know, make the Nixon comparison should things fall all around 0bama?? I for one will not be holding my breath.

146 posted on 12/09/2008 9:32:22 AM PST by MozarkDawg
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To: HawkeyeRepublican

He will want to hire OJ’s jury.


147 posted on 12/09/2008 9:34:56 AM PST by Western Phil
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To: iowamark

This guy is toast.

But it all makes me wonder about the corruption that got Obamanation the seat — wasn’t the governor of Illinois then — Ryan?


148 posted on 12/09/2008 9:37:04 AM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: iowamark; Liz; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Jeff Head; PhilDragoo; MeekOneGOP; STARWISE; Enchante; ...

“A substantial salary for himself at a either a non-profit foundation or an organization affiliated with labor unions;”

“Placing his wife on paid corporate boards where he speculated she might garner as much as $150,000 a year;”

Sounds like what the old community organizer the Zer0 and Mrs Zer0 did in good old Chicago!


149 posted on 12/09/2008 9:38:07 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Felipe de Jesus CALDERON Hinojosa & Schwarzenegger for US el presidente 2112!)
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To: HawkeyeRepublican

The Tribune filed for bankruptcy yesterday...this announcement today...Trib was being extorted to fire the editorial board (undoubtedly John Kass also - God bless Kass for his relentless courage persisting in exposing ongoing corruption) in order to get a deal for selling the Cubs...wonder how far they may have gone on that (Fitz “afraid he’d wake up one morning” and learn that Trib staff would be gone before he could tidy up the case).


150 posted on 12/09/2008 9:39:27 AM PST by jilliane
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