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by Sharon Rondeau

With friends like this, who needs enemies?

(Jun. 25, 2010) — On December 9, 2008, Rod Blagojevich, then-governor of Illinois, and his chief of staff, John Harris, were arrested on what U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald described as “a wide-ranging criminal conspiracy.”

Later that day, Obama stated publicly that he knew nothing about “what was happening” in regard to the charges against Blagojevich and specifically, Blagojevich’s alleged attempts to sell his former Senate seat, saying he “had no contact with the governor or his office” about the matter.

Several weeks before Blagojevich’s arrest and Obama’s statement, Obama senior adviser, David Axelrod, had said something different.

Later on December 9, an aide to the Obama transition team said that Axelrod had originally “misspoken,” and then Axelrod himself changed his story, saying, “I was mistaken when I told an interviewer last month that the President-elect has spoken directly to Governor Blagojevich about the Senate vacancy. They did not then or at any time discuss the subject.”

How could both statements have been true?  Axelrod reportedly “helped edit” Obama’s book, The Audacity of Hope. The same source claims that Axelrod had managed the campaigns of Sen. Chris Dodd, Sen. John Edwards, and Sen. Hillary Clinton.

Axelrod had reportedly run Obama’s U.S. Senate campaign with a “black-and-white” approach:

As he did with Obama’s Senate race, Axelrod focused the 2008 presidential campaign on caucus contests in mostly white states like Iowa, while chief Obama rival Clinton employed the more traditional strategy of focusing on primary states rich in electoral votes.

John Harris, Rod Blagojevich’s former chief of staff, testified this week that he believes Obama knew of Blagojevich’s quid pro quo scheme to obtain a cabinet position in exchange for appointing Valerie Jarrett to Obama’s vacant Senate seat.  A recording was played in which Blagojevich allegedly said that he would not appoint anyone to the Senate seat “for free.”

Harris had already pleaded guilty last year on a charge of wire fraud and agreed to cooperate with the federal government in Blagojevich’s trial.  He has testified that there was contact between Blagojevich’s office and “the Obama camp,” specifically through Rahm Emanuel.

Late last month, Blagojevich’s lawyers had asked the U.S. Supreme Court to grant a delay of his trial because of an expected ruling from them which might have impacted some of the charges against Blagojevich, but Associate Justice John Paul Stevens had denied the request.  When the Supreme Court ruling on “honest services” law was issued yesterday, Blagojevich’s attorneys again asked for a delay, but Judge James Zagel denied their request and continued the trial, as many of the counts against Blagojevich did not involve that particular law.

The players mentioned in today’s testimony as Obama’s recommendations for the Senate seat were reportedly relayed to Blagojevich from Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s current chief of staff who is rumored to be leaving his post within the next few months.  Blagojevich wrote a book entitled The Governor in which he contends that Emanuel tried to skirt the law which mandates a special election for a U.S. House seat, asking Blagojevich to hold the seat he was vacating so that he could return and become Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives.  Lynn Sweet reported last August in The Chicago Sun-Times:

Emanuel, Blagojevich wrote, was trying to figure out a way around the Illinois law where House vacancies are filled through a special election, not an appointment–he brought up his brother, Hollywood superagent Ari.

After chiding him for not acknowledging the help I gave his brother Ari in the past to help one of his clientts bring the sport of Ultimate Fighting to Illinois–an idea, incidently, [sic] that I didn’t like but nevertheless I did try to help him–I told him I would talk to my legal counsel and see if there was a way where this perhaps might work.”

Sweet reported that when White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was asked at a press briefing about Blagojevich’s claim that Emanuel had asked for a “placeholder” so that “after two years as White House Chief of Staff he could go back and win the seat again and pursue his ambition to become Speaker,” Gibbs answered, “I have not — I barely cover with Rahm what’s going to happen the rest of the week. I have not talked to him about that nor have I — I’ve not seen the book by the indicted former governor of Illinois.”

When Gibbs was asked about Obama’s apparent use of a social security number belonging to a Connecticut man born in 1890, Gibbs changed the subject back to the “birth certificate,” saying, “I put it on the internet.”  Gibbs had said he was “amazed” at the question from WorldNetDaily’s Les Kinsolving, but failed to address it.

Valerie Jarrett, who reportedly had been Obama’s first choice for the Senate seat, withdrew her candidacy in December 2008 “after the president-elect told her he preferred that she serve in the White House.”

John Harris, Blagojevich’s former chief of staff, testified on June 24 that subsequent names on Obama’s Senate choice list were Tammy Duckworth, about whom the Honolulu Advertiser had stated that, like Barack Obama, was “born outside the country”; Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, who is an advocate for “universal health care;” Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., and Illinois State Comptroller Dan Hynes.  Harris’s testimony indicates that race was a factor in Obama’s selections for his Senate seat and that Emil Jones, the “political godfather” who reportedly had “provided critical support that gave the little-known legislator legitimacy, keeping him from being instantly trampled by the front-runners” in Obama’s bid for the U.S. Senate, was not on the list, even though Jones had wanted “to see a black president before he gets called home.”

While Obama’s December 2008 statement that he had not spoken with Blagojevich about the Senate seat might be true if taken literally, Harris has testified that Obama dispatched two union leaders, Tom Balanoff and Andy Stern, to negotiate with Blagojevich about it.  Rahm Emanuel had been in contact with both Blagojevich and John Wyma, a former “fundraiser and close adviser” who had decided to cooperating with investigators.

Another former Blagojevich friend, Lon Monk, has testified that Blagojevich had attempted to make numerous quid pro quos to raise money for his campaign, including threatening to “to kill plans for a $5 billion construction plan if construction firms did not donate to his campaign.” Blagojevich has also been accused of 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” him.

Like Harris, Monk has agreed to a plea deal in exchange for his testimony.

In the case of Watergate, it was the attempted cover-up that brought down Richard M. Nixon, forcing him to resign.  How close will the Blagojevich investigation get to Obama?

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    1. Oh, good grief. It seems it should be up to the defense attorneys to decide if there’s anything in the interview(s) that would be useful in defending their client. Besides, since there’s nothing there, that seems even more reason to let the defense see it because then they’ll know that their client will find no defense there. The judge is obviously lying for Oilbama. Seems to be a lot of that going around nowadays.

      Isn’t it illegal to deny the defense whatever information it requests of the prosecution? Isn’t this obstruction of due justice or something like that?

  1. even if all his records are sealed, i dont see how he can get away with not allowing verification. if he claims to have attended columbia, then columbia should release something that states he did, something similar to index data, like registration information. there is nothing personal about that information. has anyone tried this? i mean if he refuses to allow the release of registration data something is really wrong.

  2. The United States Supreme Court needs to do their Job and have a trial to determine IF “OBAMA” Is Constitutionally The Legal President !! I do not see how he could be , simply because of his Dad ( Non U.S. Citizen , owed foriegn alligence to Kenya )

  3. Wow. And to think Nixon was thrown out of office for much lesser charges and it certainly didn’t take this long either! Funny that H. Rodham Clinton was part of the research team to impeach Nixon; but, she’s mute on this scandal.

    Boehner was one of many who ignored the ineligibility in ’08. Since McCain’s birthplace was questionable the Republicans agreed not to raise issues with BO if McCain was allowed on the ballot. It was a “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” scenario between the two parties.

    Why is Boehner so willing to cooperate now? Or is it simply hot air blown from a clerk in his office? Maybe it was the same clerk who literally hung up on me when I approached the usurpation issue in April. I’ve also made several attempts to post comments on his website regarding BO’s ineligibility; but, were rejected and my emails also ignored.
    Hopefully he’s feeling the hot fire Maj. Gen. Valley has ignited under his backside!
    Or maybe it’s another way to remove the WH occupant in a more peaceful and quite manner without exposing the true extent of corruption to the American people. According to this link INTERPOL has been contacted to arrest BO and many others.


    Mrs. Rondeau-Thank you again for another informative article. God bless you for your tireless efforts and valuable contributions.

      1. Fox News has been about the same as the rest of the state run media for a while now. After the little dispute with Obama, which Obama apparently won, Fox became just another Obama cheerleading organization. There is no debunking of the “birthers”. Obama has never shown a birth certificate that showed any traceable information, as is Drs. name, hospital name, anybodys signature, street addtess, occupation of parents or anything that is on a real 1961 Hawaii long-form birth certificate. The reason he hasn’t shown his is obviously because he ain’t got one.

        Obama being “president” is the biggest fraud/scam in the history of the world.

        And the Obots refuse to even discuss what a “natural born citizen” is, which article 2 of the Constitution requires.

        Somebody please have the courage to at least.”question with boldness” the hidden past of the ONE.

  4. I just heard that those in the house and senate are just taking the petitions and throwing them in the trash. So much for any of them listening to ‘we the people.’ It’s No surprise really after this last 18 months of shredding our constitution and the continual betrayal of the people of our country, but it still saddens me beyond explanation. It’s hard to accept that there are so many in our gvmt & elsewhere who hate this country so much (Why???). They are now calling all the shots (all maybe 20-30% of the population) ignoring the input of the other 70-80% of the people, and that’s very, very sad indeed.

  5. Hey everyone, check this out. John Boehner (R-OH) has a petition for Obama’s resignation, for high crimes and lack of confidence.


    As the above story points out, he’s in someway involved in a LOT of crimes and corruption, so being allowed to resign doesn’t seem fair. He should be locked up. But the petition is a start at least to get him out of the white house and maybe will start the dominoes to fall so the other creeps who supported this fraud can be rounded up too. Probably wishful thinking on my part though.