"Obama begins his presidency with lies, coverups and scandals. A preview of things to come...."(Timur in the comment section).
Advisor A - unindentified
Advisor B - unindentified
Senate candidate 1 - Valerie Jarrett
Senate candidate 2 - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan
Senate candidate 3 - U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (speculation?)
Senate candidate 4 - Louanner Peters, a deputy governor
Senate candidate 5 - U.S. Representative Jesse L. Jackson Jr. of
Illinois 2nd Congressional District
Gov. Blagojevich called Reps. Jan Schakowsky, Danny Davis and Luis Gutierrez Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss Obama's vacant Senate seat, The Hill reports. The report did not confirm whether the governor called Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. so Davis and Gutierrez has to be one of those Senate Candidates 6 and 7 (hat tip Randall)
Seanate candidate 6: U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez is a senate candidate
Senate candidate 7: U.S. Rep. Danny Davis (Rod made a Freudian slip referring to Senator Davis)
CRIMINAL COMPLAINT: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA VS. D R. BLAGOJEVICH, and JOHN HARRIS
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.”
Shouldn't that be "the motherf***er-elect"? (Steyn over at NRO)
Shmoo pointing me to pages 62 - 68 of the criminal complaint. It is a stunning indictment of the ingrained corruption (matter of fact almost) and Obama's involvement vis a vis his advisers.
Red flags abound:
107. On November 12, 2008, ROD BLAGOJEVICH talked with Advisor B. ROD BLAGOJEVICH discussed with Advisor B his idea for a 501(c)(4) organization. Advisor B stated that he likes the idea, but liked the Change to Win option better because, accordingto Advisor B, from the President-elect’s perspective, there would be fewer “fingerprints” on the President-elect’s involvement with Change to Win because Change to Win already hasan existing stream of revenue and, therefore, “you won’t have stories in four years that they bought you off.” ROD BLAGOJEVICH said that he likes the 501(c)(4) idea because he knows it will be there in two years when he is no longer Governor, whereas Change to Win might not be.
Item 107: "From the President-elect's perspective". "Fingerprints" spoken like true racketeers. Randall's take " Item 107 is damning, they knew "fingerprints" would be left around incriminating Obama. They had to mkae a pick that "left the fewest fingerprints."
110. On November 12, 2008, ROD BLAGOJEVICH talked with Advisor B. ROD
BLAGOJEVICH told Advisor B that he told SEIU Official, “I said go back to [Senate Candidate 1], and, and say hey, look, if you still want to be a Senator don’t rule this out and then broach the idea of this 501(c)(4) with her.”
Item 110 might implicate Valerie Jarrett, as Rod asked advisor B to talk to her about setting up the 501(c) corp.(hat tip Randall)
112. On November 13, 2008, ROD BLAGOJEVICH talked with JOHN HARRIS. ROD BLAGOJEVICH said he wanted to be able to call “[President-elect Advisor]” and tell President-elect Advisor that “this has nothing to do with anything else we’re working on but the Governor wants to put together a 501(c)(4)” and “can you guys help him. . . raise 10, 15 million.” ROD BLAGOJEVICH said he wanted “[President-elect Advisor] to get the word today,” and that when “he asks me for the Fifth CD thing I want it to be in his head.” (The reference to the “Fifth CD thing” is believed to relate to a seat in the United States House of Representatives from Illinois’ Fifth Congressional District. Prior intercepted phone conversations indicate that ROD BLAGOJEVICH and others were determining whether ROD BLAGOJEVICH has the power to appoint an interim replacement until a special election for the seat can be held.)
Item 112 shows the tie in. So Rod definitely was talking to the Team Obama and then they relayed to Obama (shrewd move on his part to stay one layer away, cannot have that direct evidence, you know. The use of buffers, they must have gotten some pointers from The Godfather.
We need to know more about the "Change to Win" organization. Any readers have intel?
If you missed my damning post on Obama and the SEIU go here.
There is a mountain of indirect evidence on pages 62 -68, thanks to Shmoo for pointing it out to me and Randall for going through it.
Bottom line is Obama knew what was happening, through his advisors. I wonder how much Rahm Emmanuel knows, but won't say. Randall made a good point, he said Rahm might have decided to give the go ahead at this time for Rod to be "outed" as it seems odd to prematurely terminate the wiretaps when important details were coming out.
Much thanks to Randall whose input and intel is invaluable in this unseemly and grotesque scandal.
Senator Dick Durbin finally spoke with Gov. Blagojevich about President-elect Obama's Senate replacement, according to a comment from a Durbin staffer to Capitol Fax. Durbin, who has an uneasy relationship with Blagojevich, had publicly expressed his frustration that the governor had not been returning his calls.
Though Delaware's governor named a replacement for Vice President-elect Joe Biden today, Blagojevich said that he remains in no rush to fill Obama's seat, according to the Daily Herald:
The governor also said he was not ready to make an appointment to Obama's old Senate seat. He has had a team working on vetting candidates for weeks.
In some of his remarks, he implied he may do so by Christmas, but he gave no indication of who might get the plum appointment.
"We are still working on it," he said. "It is a process that requires a lot of deliberation. It is not the sort of thing you should push."
Real estate executive Valerie Jarrett, a member of Obama's transition team and a trusted family confidant, is President-elect Obama's choice to replace him in the Senate, reports ABC 7's Ben Bradley.
Without citing any sources, Bradley reports:
Whether that is merely Obama's personal opinion, or if he intends to lobby on Jarrett's behalf, remains to be seen. After all, Obama has to focus on a national agenda and may not want to be seen trying to influence the governor's call.
An anonymous source told CNN the same thing.
Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett will not be appointed to replace the President-elect in the Senate and will instead work with him in the White House, CNN reports, citing two anonymous Democratic sources.
"While he (Obama) thinks she would be a good senator, he wants her in the White House," one top Obama advisor told CNN Monday.
This contradicts earlier reports from CNN and ABC Chicago that Jarrett was Obama's choice to succeed him.
UPDATE: Davids opines in an email: I don’t see anyone making this point in the ‘Seatgate’ (Senate Seat for sale).
Advisor B obviously has the authority to represent Obama, and has the knowledge and ‘where with all’ to know how Obama operates and what Obama would ‘approve’ of.
For Advisor B to be presenting and representing the idea of a 501( c) (4) non profit and for him to have all of the knowledge on how they operate, Advisor B incriminates himself and Obama that ‘this has already been done before’.
I would assume a whole lot of 501 ( c) (4)’s that are tied to Obama and Michelle, and other Democrat Politicians are getting sanitized right now. It is also interesting to point out who the MASTER of 501 ( c) (4)’s is, none other that George Soros, although many of the Arabs and muslim organizations have been getting pretty good at them to.
Advisor B may have revealed ‘the cards’ that Obama and Michelle are already holding in promised 501 ( c) (4)’s, the next step would be to find out ‘who’ set them up.
‘Me thinks, me knows’!!
I am starting to believe that if an investigation were conducted into 501 ( c) (4)’s we would start finding a lot of Democrat politicians or their spouses or their family members. 501 ( c) (4)’s are the tool of the Democrats, and a loophole to pad their pockets.
UPDATE: From Mike:
Having been a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (and Trainmen) Division here in Atlanta, I can fill you in a bit on Change to Win (the BLET is part of the rail conference of the Teamsters). First, from their official website:
About Change to Win
Change to Win is a six million member partnership of seven unions founded in 2005 to represent workers in the industries and occupations of the 21st century economy. The seven affiliated unions are: Service Employees International Union, UNITE HERE, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Laborers' International Union of North America, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America and United Farm Workers of America.
CtW was formed after the Teamsters separated from the AFL-CIO, along with the SEIU, in 2005 following internal political fighting between Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. and James Sweeney (AFL-CIO). They have since peeled away five other unions. Thus, CtW could be considered a competitor to the AFL-CIO organization and roughly equates in terms of what it’s politics, goals, and functions are.
Gangsters, I tell ya