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Gov. Blagojevich and his chief of staff John Harris were arrested at their homes this morning in a probe involving the governor’s quest to fill Sen. Barack Obama’s Senate seat.


The charges also include alleged attempts by the governor to influence the Tribune editorial board.


The governor threatened that if the Tribune didn’t support the governor, he wouldn’t approve the sale of Wrigley Field.


The complaint contends Blagojevich threatened to withhold substantial state assistance to the Tribune Company in connection with the sale of Wrigley to induce the firing of Chicago Tribune editorial board members sharply critical of Blagojevich.


The governor is also accused of obtaining campaign contributions in exchange for official actions — both in the past and recently in a push before a new state ethics law takes effect Jan. 1.


Blagojevich, 51, and Harris, 46, both of Chicago, are 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, the feds said.


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 Obama for financial and other personal benefits for himself and his wife.


At various times, in exchange for the Senate appointment, Blagojevich allegedly 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.


• A cabinet post or ambassadorship for himself.

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obama knew of this becase it was happening before the election :angry:

Local Chicago media are speculating that White House Chief of Staff-designate Rahm Emanuel may have been the one to tip off Pat Fitzgerald about Blago's trying to sell the senate seat.


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Local Chicago media are speculating that White House Chief of Staff-designate Rahm Emanuel may have been the one to tip off Pat Fitzgerald about Blago's trying to sell the senate seat.

Quite possible Rahm knows when the slop bucket is going to splash his way....



Apparently, the story isn't true:


Rahm Source: Story That He Tipped Off Feds To Blago Is False

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Obama says he didn't know about it...


but it IS a trend - reports on the news, that this is the FOURTH GOV of Illinois to face felony charges?



Obama Says He Had No Contact With Blagojevich on Senate Seat

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By Kim Chipman


Dec. 9 (Bloomberg) -- President-elect Barack Obama said he was unaware of the criminal investigation into an alleged attempt by Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich to trade an appointment for Obama’s Senate seat for financial gain.


“I had no contact with the governor or his office and so I was not aware of what was happening, ” Obama told reporters today in Chicago. “It’s a sad day for Illinois. Beyond that, I don’t think it’s appropriate to comment.”


Blagojevich, a Democrat, was arrested by federal agents today and charged with plotting to sell the Senate seat that was vacated by Obama after his election as president, according to a criminal complaint filed by federal prosecutors in Chicago.


Federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald said there is “no allegation” that Obama was aware of Blagojevich’s attempt to extract benefits from his authority to appoint Obama’s successor.


Blagojevich, 51, was elected in 2002 on a promise to clean up state government. His predecessor, Republican Governor George Ryan, was the subject of a corruption investigation and is serving a six-year prison sentence after being convicted in 2006 on fraud and racketeering charges. Fitzgerald also prosecuted that case.


To contact the reporter on this story: Kim Chipman in Chicago at kchipman@bloomberg.net.



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Oh, my. Obama is from this this political environment?


Oh... my....



Rod Blagojevich calls Obama a mother******


Should Gov. Blagojevich resign?





Gov. Blagojevich free on bond after being arrested by feds



Rod Blagojevich said that the consultants (Advisor B and another consultant are believed to be on the call at that time) are telling him that he has to "suck it up" for two years and do nothing and give this "motherf***er [the President-elect] his senator. F*** him. For nothing? F*** him." Rod Blagojevich states that he will put "[senate Candidate 4]" in the Senate "before I just give F***ing [senate Candidate 1] a F***ing Senate seat and I don't get anything." (Senate Candidate 4 is a Deputy Governor of the State of Illinois). Rod Blagojevich stated that he needs to find a way to take the "financial stress" off of his family and that his wife is as qualified or more qualified than another specifically named individual to sit on corporate boards. According to Rod Blagojevich, "the immediate challenge [is] how do we take some of the financial pressure off of our family." Later in the phone call, Rod Blagojevich stated that absent getting something back, Rod Blagojevich will not pick Senate Candidate 1.


Harris re-stated Rod Blagojevich's thoughts that they should ask the President-elect for something for Rod Blagojevich's financial security as well as maintain his political viability. Harris said they could work out a three-way deal with SEIU and the President- elect where SEIU could help the President-elect with Rod Blagojevich's appointment of Senate Candidate 1 to the vacant Senate seat, Rod 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.


Patti Blagojevich: Hold up that f***ing Cubs s***

During the call, Rod Blagojevich's wife can be heard in the background telling Rod Blagojevich to tell Deputy Governor A "to hold up that f***ing Cubs s***. . . f*** them." Rod Blagojevich asked Deputy Governor A what he thinks of his wife's idea. Deputy Governor A stated that there is a part of what Rod Blagojevich's wife said that he "agree with." Deputy Governor A told Rod Blagojevich that Tribune Owner will say that he does not have anything to do with the editorials, "but I would tell him, look, if you want to get your Cubs thing done get rid of this Tribune." Later, Rod Blagojevich's wife got on the phone and, during the continuing discussion of the critical Tribune editorials, stated that Tribune Owner can "just fire" the writers because Tribune Owner owns the Tribune. Rod Blagojevich's wife stated that if Tribune Owner's papers were hurting his business, Tribune Owner would do something about the editorial board. Rod Blagojevich then got back on the phone. Rod Blagojevich told Deputy Governor A to put together the articles in the Tribune that are on the topic of removing Rod Blagojevich from office and they will then have someone, like JOHN HARRIS, go to Tribune Owner and say, "We've got some decisions to make now." Rod Blagojevich said that "someone should say, 'get rid of those people.'"

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Blagojevich Arrested On Corruption Charges After Going Up Against Bank of America


Kurt Nimmo

December 8, 2008


Isn’t it odd that Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is suddenly arrested on corruption charges the day after he announced he is asking all Illinois government agencies to suspend business with Bank of America?


Not really. Blagojevich’s arrest sends a strong signal that going up against the banksters will not be tolerated. “Blagojevich contended that Bank Of America received a multi-billion dollar bailout from the government and should accordingly restore credit to the Republic Windows & Doors company in Chicago,” writes Katharine Zaleski for the Huffington Post.


Last week the workers of Republic Windows & Doors occupied a factory in Chicago after the company closed down and stiffed the workers. “Workers said they were entitled to be given 60 days notice of the closure of the plant and demanded pay for that period as well as any unused vacation time,” the BBC reported.


Blagojevich demanded the Bank of America take “some of that federal tax money that they’ve received and invest it by providing the necessary credit to this company so these workers can keep their jobs.”


Blagojevich made the comment at the same time president select Obama expressed support for the workers. “It’s also important for us to make sure that the plans and programs that we design aren’t just targeted at maintaining the solvency of banks, but they’re designed also to get money out the door and to help people on Main Street,” said Obama.


Rod Blagojevich, of course, is not Barack Obama, who is in the process of stuffing his administration with bankster insiders, CFR members, and Federal Reserve and Goldman Sachs mobsters such as Robert Rubin, Larry Summers, and Paul Volcker.


It didn’t take long for the U.S. attorney’s office to crank out a 78-page criminal complaint against Blagojevich. It is said Blagojevich attempted to sell off the vacancy of Obama’s Senate seat and considered naming himself to the Senate. It is not difficult to believe Blagojevich is a crook and would do such a thing. He has shady ties to Antoin “Tony” Rezko, the political fundraiser, restaurateur, and real estate developer convicted on several counts of fraud and bribery.


On the other hand, the sudden appearance of a federal compliant against him after he attempted to stick it to the criminal organization known as the Bank of America is rather suspicious, to say the least.


The impending prosecution of Blagojevich sends a powerful message to other governors, mayors, city council members around the country: don’t mess with the international banking cartel, the global financial mafia.


this is what i keep saying about all of these bailouts it is Facist! Yes, this guy was crooked but he stepped over there lines demanding these workers get money from the bank that would have to loan money to a defunked company.


this is frickin crazy, and what is next a Car Czar?


These guys need to go! they are destroying this country! and our socialist Congress is the Blame!


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