Obama’s Team Clears Itself With Own Investigation. [So Why Doesn’t An Accused in Court Have The Same Right?]
Isn’t it just so convenient that the date dictated by Patrick Fitzgerald for releasing the results of the internal investigation on Obama’s Team just happen to fall at a time that is most convenient for trying to contact people,?
Rahm Emanuel took a flight to Africa today to take his family on safari, before the Obama Team released their report on the Illinois senate seat investigation.
According to the report, Obama’s attorney cleared the team of wrong-doings by their inside investigation regarding the Illinois senate seat.
Whew! Obama’s Team found no evidence against Obama’s Team. I worried that the Obama Team just might get the Obama Team in trouble! And I was scared that someone on the Obama Team might just admit readily that they did speak to Blago or his office on the Senate seat. Such a good thing that all politicians tell the truth 100% of the time since Obama is looking at our hearts, confirming that we have always had the best intentions and that he is loyal to the American people.. There’s nothing to see here… move along! And if you do have anything to say about it, then you a racist, homophobic, misogynistic, Islamapohibic or is generally an awful human being. And don’t ask Obama about it, because then you are just having some fun with it, bring up the past. Time to publically chastise you… and pay no attention to the little man behind the curtain.
Okay, time to end the sarcasm. Since when does the party being investigated also do the investigating? Meanwhile, the AP reported:
An internal review prepared for President-elect Barack Obama says his incoming chief of staff had multiple conversations with Illinois Gov. Rob Blagojevich’s office, but no one close to Obama suspected that the governor might be trying to sell Obama’s Senate seat as prosecutors allege.
The report was released Tuesday as an Obama transition official confirmed that Obama and two of his top aides, Rahm Emanuel and Valerie Jarret, have been interviewed in connection with the federal investigation into Blagojevich.
Incoming White House attorney Greg Craig, who conducted the internal review at Obama’s request, found that the president-elect had no contact with Blagojevich or any of his staff about the Senate seat he vacated to take over the presidency.
Looking at the report that was released by the Obama Team, the review of contracts with Rod Blago will show that Rahm Emanuel had only “one or two” phone conversations with Blago. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that the FBI captured 21 tape-recorded conversations between Blago’s office and Emanuel. However, the report does say that one Obama “friend” who is not employed in the transition effort DID HAVE a brief conversation about the subject with a member of Blago’s staff. Isn’t that just convenient?
This contact, described as a “pro-forma” courtesy call, was allegedly when Emanuel reportedly gave Blago a “heads up” that he was accepting Obama’s offer of the chief of staff job, and as a result, would be resigning his congressional seat. As of this date, Emanuel has still not resigned his seat although he is working full time on the Obama Team, thus still receiving taxpayers money for doing absolutely nothing.
And why would anyone need to call the Governor of Illinois when you are a US Representative? Why do you need to tell a state governor such information?
Additionally, the report stated that Emanuel had “about four telephone conversations with John Harris, Chief of Staff to the Governor, on the subject of the senate seat. In these conversations, Mr. Emanuel and Mr. Harris discussed the merits of potential candidates and the strategic benefit that each candidate would bring to the Senate seat.” So just thoughts to ponder, is the merits of a potential candidate based upon how much is in their bank account, and how much they have to offer from said bank account?
And what the main stream media isn’t reporting, is that Obama, Emanuel and Valerie Jarret were interviewed last week by federal prosecutors probing the Blago’ seat bid.
Additional thoughts to ponder are if there were no conversations between Obama or his team and Balgo’s office, then why was Blago so mad? Based on taped conversations cited by prosecutors, suggested Obama wouldn’t be helpful to him and called him a “vulgar term.” Told by two other advisers Blago had to “suck it up” for two years, the FBI says it heard Blago complain “he has to give his motherf***er, his Senator. F*** him. For nothing? F*** him!”
As for the Feds investigation, one member described in Fitzgerald’s complaint hinted that Blago was frustraited by contacts with Obama and his staff. “Blago said he knows that the President-elect wants Senate Candidate 1 for the Senate seat, the complaint states, referring to an individual many believe to be Jarret. And even if the governor were to appoint a candidate favored by the Obama team, Blago said, “they’re not willing to give me anything except appreciation.”
If Obama or anyone on the Obama Team did not have a conversation about the senate seat, then why does Blago have the attitude he does towards Obama? The memo does not address the issue if anyone on Obama’s Team did know that Blago was trying to sell the seat, and if they did know, why did they not contact the authorities.
The report helps explain the first part of the statement [about Obama wanting Senate Candidate 1 for the Senate seat"] In his early conversations with the governor, Emanuel touted Jarrett as the best candidate, according to the Obama memo, before learning from Obama that he wanted to remain neutral on the subject.
“The President-Elect believed it appropriate to provide the names of multiple candidates to be considered, along with others, who were qualified to hold the seat and able to retain in a future election, Craig wrote.
But the report does not make clear why Blagojevich stated that he thought the Obama staff was “not willing to give me anything.” It states that none of Obama’s staff ever suspected that the governor was seeking anything improper in exchange for the Seante Seat. […]
Emanuel offered six names as possible candidates after Jarrett withdrew hers to accept a job in the White House: Reps. Jan Schakowsky and Jesse L. Jackson Jr.; Illinois Comptroller Daniel W. Hynes; Illinois Veterans Affairs Secretary Tammy Duckworth, a veteran of the Iraq war: Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan; and Chicago Urban League President Cheryle Jackson.
I would be very curious as to see what an outside attorney would find on the matter, especially considering that The New York Times reported last week that “Emanuel Had Contact With Governor’s Office on Senate Seat”. And The Wall Street Journal is reporting today that “Emanuel, Blagojevich Aides Discussed Senate Seat.”
And according to the Chicago Tribune, another source said that contact between the Obama camp and the governor’s administration regarding the Senate seat began the Saturday before the Nov. 4th election, when Emanuel made a call to the cell phone of Harris. The conversation took place around the same time press reports surfaced about Emanuel being approached about taking the position of Chief of Staff in Obama’s administration if Obama should win.
Emanuel delivered a list of candidates who would be “acceptable” to Obama, the source said. On the list were Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, Illinois Veterans Affairs director Tammy Duckworth, state Comptroller Dan Hynes and U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Chicago, the source said.
Sometime after the election, Emanuel called Harris back to add the name of Democratic Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan to the approved list, the source said.
Blagojevich and Harris, who resigned his state post Friday, are charged with plotting to sell the selection of Obama’s replacement in exchange for lucrative jobs or campaign cash for the governor.
In the meantime, let’s all go back to pretending that Obama is “The One” and has nothing to do with the corrupt Chicago politicians that all know each other, all have worked with each other at one time or another, and all that got him where he is today.
Meanwhile Rahm Emanuel still remains a congressman from the 5th District of Illinois, while working full time on the Obama Team, receiving income for doing nothing with his congressional seat, and has skipped a vote, yet he’s still a lawmaker. On Emanuel’s personal office website, the last press release was two weeks before the election on Oct. 14. Meanwhile, Obama has resigned his position effective Nov. 16th, as U.S. Senator, leaving the position open. Illinois Governor Blagojevich is accused of trying to sell Obama’s seat in Congress, and many wanted him impeached however, the court ruled against a trial.