On the day before Christmas Eve, Team Obama dumped its own “internal review” of its contacts with Democratic Governor Rod Blagojevich, arrested several weeks ago on federal corruption charges for allegedly attempting to sell Obama’s Senate seat.
Team Bama did its own “internal policing” of the matter, and folks assembled the details of their contacts with The Blago “from memory.”
I hope their “memories” are good, because the U.S. Attorney investigating the case, Patrick Fitzgerald, has tapes. Lots of them.
According to their side of the story, current Illinois Congressman and The Bama’s choice for Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, had “one or two” phone converations with The Blago about the Senate seat. They also discussed Emanuel’s House seat (which he took over from The Blago when The Blago became Governor) and who might be a good replacement when The Rahm leaves Congress for the White House.
There were also “four” conversations between The Rahm and The Blago’s Chief of Staff (also arrested with his boss), John Harris, about the Senate seat. “Mr. Emanuel—with the authorization of the President-Elect—gave Mr. Harris the names of four individuals whom the President-Elect considered to be highly qualified: Dan Hynes, Tammy Duckworth, Congresswoman Schakowsky, and Jesse Jackson, Jr.” (There’s “J Cubed” again!)
Note the key phrase: “With the authorization of the President-Elect.”
Does any of this mean The Bama or people on his team did anything wrong? No. But this is THEIR Cover Our Tushies Report.
The Fitz might have other things to say about The Bama, The Blago, and The Rahm.
He had his prosecutors interview The Bama last week.
Remember that The Fitz is known for one, big specialty:
Setting perjury traps.
As The Blago might say: “Merry Bleeping Christmas.”
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