Update: Additional developments documented on Campbell Brown show tonight – see below. Developing…
Breaking News: Top aides to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are implicated in subpoena’s issued by a federal prosecutor in pay-to-play allegations about her former Senate seat!
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has previously discussed and commented on the pay-to-play allegations – but Secretary of State Hillary Clinton never revealed the subpoenaes from federal prosecutors about her top aides! The lack of transparency and candor from the Secretary of State have heightened already heightened suspicions. The top aides to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are long term operatives of the Clinton machine and have helped guide her career! Some of the top aides to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have previously been involved in troubling real estate deals.
The revelations about the subpoenas to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s are now commanding full coverage on all cable networks. MSNBC and CNN as well as all the major news networks have full teams staked out at the homes of not only Secretary of State Hillary Clinton but all her top aides as well.
The New York Times, USAToday and the Washington Post will devote their entire front pages to the scandal. The newspapers will also feature huge headlines on their front pages about the latest developments in a scandal which has also enveloped New York State Governor David Paterson. Governor Paterson is facing impeachment and removal from office.
The troubles of Governor Paterson however are merely a side issue of a scandal which threatens to bring down the Hillary Clinton headed State Department as well as her many friends throughtout the federal government.
Internet websites too, especially those focused on crime have ceased discussions about Sarah Palin’s mother-in-law and are now also writing exclusively about the Hillary Clinton scandal.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has held many news events recently but has been unable to escape the relentless questions regarding her lack of candor regarding the subpoenas of her top aides. The new Hillary Clinton scandal threatens to destroy the State Department and its mission in an especially perilous time for the United States and foreign policy.
News media analysts have stated that it is important to know whether the Secretary of State is a crook and therefore the round-the-clock investigations and reports on broadcast news outlets and print media are justified.
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The above is just a mild example of what would have happened if the latest news was about Hillary Clinton. Instead the subpoena news is about Barack Obama and his Chicago thug machine.
Sweeping federal subpoenas of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s administration include requests for records involving David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett, senior advisers to President Barack Obama.
Among 43 subpoenas released by the Blagojevich administration Friday, one from Dec. 8 seeks notes, calendars, correspondence and any other data that relate to Axelrod, Jarrett and 32 other people and organizations.
[December 8, 2008] That was the day before the FBI arrested Blagojevich, a two-term Democrat, on charges that he tried to trade his appointment to replace Obama in the Senate for campaign contributions. Wiretapped conversations show Blagojevich thought Jarrett was interested in the seat and he wanted campaign money or a high-paying job in return, according to a sworn statement.
Obama’s staff released a report in December that said his staff had no inappropriate contact with the governor’s office about the Senate seat, nor was anyone aware of any dealmaking. Axelrod, a Chicago political strategist now in the White House, was not mentioned in the report.
The information regarding the subpoenas was obtained because of a Freedom of Information Act request.
The 43 subpoenas released Friday under the Freedom of Information Act, plus seven previously disclosed, cut a wide swath through the beleaguered administration, demanding everything from complex hiring records to Patricia Blagojevich’s appointment calendar. [snip]
The Better Government Association, a Chicago-based public watchdog group, fought a two-year lawsuit over release of the subpoenas, which it won late last month when Blagojevich’s office turned over five subpoenas BGA sought under FOIA. [snip]
The government also has demanded information on Blagojevich appointments to boards and commissions and documents that show “favors, official action or any other benefit” promised to people who were potential donors and records related to anyone who contributed $25,000 or more to his campaign.
The subpoenas sought information on, among others, Antoin “Tony” Rezko, Valerie Jarrett (Valerie Jarett real estate deals information HERE), David Axelrod, the Service Employees International Union, Tom Balanoff, SEIU Illinois president, and Change to Win, an SEIU-affiliated activist group.
Prosecutor Fitzgerald is casting a wide net:
“It’s clearly beyond matters in the criminal complaint, which was sweeping in its own right,” said Jay Stewart, executive director of the Better Government Association, whose legal fight forced Blagojevich to make the subpoenas public late Friday. “It demonstrates the feds have been looking for a long time. And, up to a relatively recent time, they’ve been gathering more information.”
Blagojevich and the Obama thug machine should be investigated.
As Campbell Brown said today, Blagojevich was the first Governor to endorse Barack Obama. Note, Blagojevich also stated on the Campbell Brown program tonight that Obama made recommendations to him regarding appointments which Blagojevich complied with “every single one”.
At the same time, Blagojevich said “some national figures like Harry Reid,” the U.S. Senate majority leader from Nevada, “are frankly covering their own backside” by asking him to step down because of their discussions with him over the Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama. Blagojevich is accused of trying to peddle the seat for an Obama administration post, a high-paying job or other favors.
“And for me to just quit because some cackling politicians want to get me out of the way because there’s a whole bunch of things they don’t want known about them and conversations they may have had with me ….. would be to disgrace my children when I know I’ve done nothing wrong,” Blagojevich said in a transcript of the interview.
Blagojevich also maintained that some of the state senators who will decide his political fate don’t want him to present defense witnesses.
“Let me say there are some of those that are sitting in on judgment of me on Monday in the state Senate that were on telephone calls with me during that period of time” when his phones were tapped, Blagojevich said.
Blagojevich, said (on Campbell Brown this evening) that he as a new governor he Obeyed Obama’s possibly corrupt will when it came to appointments. Investigate, investigate, investigate:
And he went so far as to pressure President Barack Obama by demanding he be allowed to call the president’s political operatives as witnesses, which the legislature has denied him as per the request of U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald, so as not to damage the pending criminal case against the governor.
And the politicians, dropping enough hints about the road builders and so on to let them know he’s now dangerous and about to go nuclear.
These are not the calculations of a madman, but a governor hinting at the corruption of his fellows, and for this they call him cuckoo. [snip]
Sure, they’ll hang him, and cut off his political head and pour holy water down his neck. That’s a given. His fellow Democrats want him gone.
He exposed the plan of the Senate to remove him and install Lt. Gov. Patrick Quinn, who will preside over a whopping income tax increase backed by House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Lisa), so Madigan’s daughter, Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan, can replace Quinn as governor and have all the state treasure she needs to maintain power.
Blagojevich might sing. Sing, Blago, Sing:
He stayed on message, that he’s the innocent victim. He also lobbed a few warning shots toward the Obama White House, saying he could prove his innocence, if only the Illinois Senate would allow him the right to question the president’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, about discussions concerning appointments for Obama’s old Senate seat. [snip]
On “The View” he issued a threat to his estranged father-in-law, Ald. Dick Mell (33rd), the man who made him. The governor said his political problems began after he blocked an illegal landfill supported by Mell. That may have slipped past all the pretend Chicago political experts, but it didn’t slip past Chicago politicians. They know a threat when they hear it.
On page 14 (of 647 pages) of the “stimulus bill” Governor Blagojevich is mentioned:
SEC. 1112. ADDITIONAL ASSURANCE OF APPROPRIATE USE 2 OF FUNDS. -None of the funds provided by this Act may be made available to the State of Illinois, or any agency of the State, unless (1) the use of such funds by the State is approved in legislation enacted by the State after the date of the enactment of this Act, or (2) Rod R. Blagojevich no longer holds the office of Governor of the State of Illinois. The preceding sentence shall not apply to any funds provided directly to a unit of local government (1) by a Federal department or agency, or (2) by an established formula from the State.
Corrupt Blagojevich is being threatened by other corrupt officials. Blagojevich can fight back. Blagojevich can sing.
Antoin “Tony” Rezko once accused federal prosecutors of trying to get him to spill the beans on Blagojevich and Barack Obama. Rezko stated he would never cooperate with the prosecutors. Rezko is now cooperating with the prosecutors.
Rezko is singing.
Blagojevich can fight back. Blagojevich can sing.
Sing, Blago, Sing.
If Blagojevich “flips” and cooperates with federal prosecutors against Obama – will Big Media inform the public or continue to protect Obama?
Big Media would blare headlines if Blago sang a sour note directed against Hillary (or indeed, Sarah Palin).
Will Big Media cover a Blago recital directed at exposing Obama?
Sing, Blago, Sing.