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The two-counts that are revealed in the 76 page affidavit that precipitated the arrest of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Tuesday is merely the tip of the iceberg in the ongoing investigation into the Governor, Tony Rezko, and others in the well-publicized world of Chicago and Illinois corrupt politics.
U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald chose his words very carefully at the press conference which outlined what the Government was investigating. First and foremost, the Feds wanted to stop any further actions, aprticularly with regard to the filling of the Senate seat vacated when Barack Obama resigned his Senate position. He further went on to say that no one should draw any conclusions about any of the individuals named within the affidavit, and that the “affidavit” does not imply any wrongdoing by the President-Elect.
Then there is the responses from the President-Elect himself, wherein he says that “we, I, have had no conversations with the Governor”. This statement, however, completely contradicts the statements, on television, made by Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod on November 23rd, wherein he stated that Obama had discussed several names with Gov. Blagojevich, and that Obama was “fond” of several of the individuals discussed. When questioned on the contradiction, the Obama spokepeople stated that Axelrod was “mistaken.”
Fitzgerald is known for his thoroughness in his job, and is relentless in making sure that everything is in order. As the new administration begins in the White House next month, Fitzgerald was to be one of the many whose resignations would be requested by the White House. It is now assumed that given the volatile nature of this present investigation, it would be unwise for the Obama team to replace Fitzgerald.
Does that mean, however, that Fitzgerald will protect the President-Elect as the investigation proceeds? Since there are hours of wiretap recordings, it can be assumed that there is information not yet released that could implicate members of the Obama staff, if not directly to Obama himself. Will Fitzgerald use these recordings, or stop short of any implication of the President-Elect? Going a step further, since the Chicago Police Department has not been able to move further on the murder of Trinity Church Choir Director Donald Young, and the various threats and actions against Larry Sinclair, will Fitzgerald be able to see if any of these other activities have any links in his corruption investigation?
From a different angle, given that there are allegations about deals for campaign contributions, union endorsements, etc., and given that some of the Obama contributors included “Mickey Mouse”, will the Federal Elections Commission reverse itself, and look into the contributions made to the Obama for President campaign?
Looks like old fashioned Chicago politics at its best!!
Our President-elect, Barack H. Obama, has resigned his seat in the United States Senate less than two weeks after his election, the earliest any President-elect has done such an action. In the two weeks since his election, Obama has maintained a somewhat low profile, except for a 60 Minutes interview, a trip to the White House to check out the new “digs”, and meetings to set up his Administration. He even took the future First Lady to dinner at their favorite Italian restaurant in Chicago for a three hour quiet dinner. And all of this while the number of lawsuits and challenges to his eligibility to be elected the President continue to mount.
Dr. Alan Keyes has become a party to a California lawsuit seeking to have the Secretary of State require verification of Obama’s birth records. Philip Berg’s case is pending an answer from the Obama lawyers before the U.S. Supreme Court. There are lawsuits pending against several other Secretary of States with similar issues as expressed in Dr. Keyes’ complaint.
In the Washington Times Weekly, a full page ad ran in the November 17th edition that hit the streets this weekend:
The answer to all of this seems so simple: Barack Obama should simply release the verifiable original document that the State of Hawaii recently acknowledged that they had on file. The time, the moment, is now, to put this matter to rest. There are far too many issues facing this Nation to have the air of uncertainty about Obama’s Constitutional eligibility remain as we move forward. Yes, 52% of the electorate voted for Obama, but if he cannot meet the Constitutional requirements, he cannot be permitted to take the Oath of Office– the oath that says he will “uphold the Constitution”.