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Washington, DC — December 9, 2008
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton issued the following statement today in response to the arrest of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich:
“There has been an air of lawlessness around Governor Blagojevich for some time and Judicial Watch applauds U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald for his actions.
“Blagojevich’s corruption is no surprise, but its breadth and depravity is shocking. The alleged efforts to sell the Senate seat of Barack Obama are outrageous, but also seem to implicate many other powerful politicians and political players. Especially disturbing are the questions the scandal raises about Barack Obama and his close associates.
“This is a burgeoning crisis for Obama that should shake his presidency to its core.
“The criminal complaint filed today indicates that Obama and his team knew about Blagojevich’s efforts to sell Obama’s Senate seat. (“Tony” Rezko, Obama friend, fundraiser and real estate partner, is once again implicated in the corrupt activities exposed today.)
“Did Obama report Blagojevich to investigators about any efforts to sell his Senate seat?”
Judicial Watch has been investigating Rod Blagojevich for over two years and has ongoing open records litigation concerning the sale of government jobs for which he was arrested today. Blagojevich has stonewalled and refused to turn over documents to Judicial Watch that could have alerted the American people to his corruption.
Tue, 12/09/2008 – 16:09 — Anonymous (not verified)
Yup, the connection is
Yup, the connection is Emanuel went to the US Attorney and blew the whistle on Blagojevich. Judicial Watch fails to bring down Obama again. Do yourselves a favor and close your doors.
Wed, 12/10/2008 – 01:30 — Anonymous (not verified)
Emanuel is a dolt and so are
Emanuel is a dolt and so are you. We may rid ourselves of the ineligible to run president elect after all.
Wed, 12/10/2008 – 16:05 — Strider (not verified)
What’s wrong, have just now
What’s wrong, have just now discovered that your Messiah has feet of clay?
Tue, 12/09/2008 – 16:57 — Rashomon (not verified)
Umm get the story straight
They may have known well enough to turn Blago in!
Get your speculation straight guys.
Rahm Emanuel might have been responsible for causing federal investigators to act quickly to apprehend Blagojevich this morning.
Tue, 12/09/2008 – 17:11 — Anonymous (not verified)
“the connection is Emanuel
“the connection is Emanuel went to the US Attorney and blew the whistle on Blagojevich. ”
Wow, that must be some high dollar stuff you been smoking pal! Obama’s going down!
Wed, 12/10/2008 – 15:25 — Anonymous (not verified)
Obviously better than the
Obviously better than the stuff you’re smoking by supporting this Mickey-Mouse organization
Tue, 12/09/2008 – 17:31 — Anonymous (not verified)
Emanuel Rahm is going to be taking the fall.
Obama’s illegal activities (that we know of) continues to rise.
We know he accepted money for his campaign from foreign sources, and then lied about returning it for weeks. (Including accepting canadian credit cards from intrepid bloggers).
We know he said nothing when a clearly forged (with photoshop font) certificate of live birth and attendant pictures showed up on factcheck.org (If he wasn’t behind it, why not speak out??)
Note – I’m not saying he wasn’t born in Hawaii. Just forgery here.
We know that he lied for years about his illegal profit from his land-sharing deal with Rezko.
We know that he was involved heavily with a Church that funded Hamas and kept their fundraising information on the church bulliten board.
We know that he leaked the information from his recent meeting with Bush (what criminal charges could possibly come from spilling the details of a meeting with the outgoing chief?)
We know that he used campaign contributions loosely, funding Acorn and lying about it. We then know Acorn used at least some of that money to submit false voter registrations.
We also know there was voter fraud at the caucus process.
The only question is when, not if, these facts will come to clear light and people will see Obama for what he is. At the very least, he’s quite comfortable having the most corrupt Americans around him.
Tue, 12/09/2008 – 18:09 — Anonymous (not verified)
Hatred for President elect Obama
Your site and another site continue to show hatred for President elect Obama. You now love the prosecutor, but hated him when he went after Gordon Liddy.
This utter hatred on the internet and more hatred on talk radio, for president elect Obama, is very disturbing. Judicial watch will now go to court or the ethics committee and stop the swearing in.
By doing this will continue to tear this country apart, but on the 21st we will have a new president anyway
Tue, 12/09/2008 – 18:38 — teejay223 (not verified)
Keep up the great work, Judicial Watch….
Judicial Watch fails to bring down B.O.? Let’s not rush into anything. The Gov. just might squeal like a stuffed pig and we’ll see what happens. Don’t forget, the investigation, as stated on the news all day long, has just been touched upon. If the Gov.’s office has been bugged for some time as well as other people working around the Gov., there may just be a lot more info than the news has reported on today.
Tue, 12/09/2008 – 19:04 — Anonymous (not verified)
Rezko……..is not only Obama’s friend
Research will show you, Rezko has ties to all the lawmakers that are in the limelight. Clinton contributor in the 90’s, Bush contributor in the 2000’s. He was not brought out for anyone other than Obama and Judicial watch knows this…………..why???
Tue, 12/09/2008 – 19:35 — C. J. Sloan (not verified)
Good for Judicial Watch
Without Judicial Watch’s unceasing hammering on Ill. Gov. Blagojevich for the truth, none of this would have come to light. Finally, Blagojevich has his just desserts – jail!
Many thanks to the Illinois residents who asked for, and received, JW’s help. This was a joint effort in which Americans trumped corruption!
Long live Judicial Watch!
Tue, 12/09/2008 – 20:01 — Meremortal (not verified)
“There is only one
“There is only one distinctly criminal class in America, and that is the political class.”
Vote out all incumbents! Nothing is changing but the color of skin at the top of the trash heap.
Tue, 12/09/2008 – 20:46 — Dynahog (not verified)
President-Elect Obama was quick to say he knew nothing about the sale of his Senate seat by the Illinois Governor.
Where this can backfire, and I suspect Judicial Watch to be all over it, is in the Obama personal Blackberry records that may show contact with the Illinois Governor or someone close to him. This extends to the Obama transition team that just out of no where were alleged to have converged inside the Department of Justice and quickly gained knowledge of this ongoing investigation of the Governor of Illinois: Yesterday / Monday 12/08/2008.
How long before we get an inventory of the wiretapping operation and names, dates, and summary content of everyone that called the Illinois Governor or those he called? I’m assuming these wiretaps were on the Governor’s office phone, any cell phones, and his personal residence phone(s); and all those of Harris who was included in the charges.
Who knew when Watergate first broke the newswires that President Nixon recorded all the telephone conversations he had in the Oval Office, except for some missing segments…….
This will unravel President Obama’s Administration since organizations like Judicial Watch will not go away.
The criminal complaint also includes references to Revko and even the Chicago Cubs and Tribune.
Oh, and how coincidental can it get that on Monday 12/08/2008 (YESTERDAY !!!!), the Tribune declared Chapter 11.
The mean spirited part is attacking Bank of America for cancelling a credit line, and now a small business is out of business and its employees are in a sit in. Then this Governor on Monday ordered all State business with Bank of America to CEASE !!!!
Isn’t that Extortion? Also a Crime !!
Tue, 12/09/2008 – 22:25 — Anonymous (not verified)
Get your facts straight, blowhards
1. Fitzgerald (U.S. att’y) said today at his press briefing that the complaint “makes no allegations whatsoever about the President-elect.”
2. Moreover, in one passage of the complaint, Blagojevich “said he knows that the President-elect wants Senate Candidate 1 for the Senate seat but ‘they’re not willing to give me anything except appreciation. F**k them.'”
You bozos have nothing. Nothing at all. Fail.
Go back to worrying about fluoride in the water supply.
Wed, 12/10/2008 – 11:52 — jtpaine (not verified)
re: Get your facts straight, blowhards
Jerry Johnson, wow, you’re really that desperate aren’t you? Try and think your scenario through, as you’re so proud and boastful in exclaiming the innocence of your beloved. I am so sick of partisan democrats and republicans and all their complete ineptness and fawning over their class and party. How do you think that the Governor, and/or his people, knew Obama would not pay to play? If they knew, that means they talked. If they talked, Obviously, your beloved knew about it. If he knew about it, why didn’t he mention it to authorities, like “ummm, hello FBI, this is presidential candidate Obama, I wanted to make you aware of a pay-to-play scheme that the miserable gov is involved in, he approached me for a deal and I rejected it”.
Can you do that math Jerry? Combine that with Axelrod’s statements made in Nov confirming your beloved talked to the gov, and you have some disturbing facts that need to be THOROUGHLY VETTED. Just like when Judicial Watch attempted to OUT criminal Cheney and Halliburton. JW needs your support, not your blind love for your messiah. Let’s get them all in court, including your beloved, and reveal exactly what was said and done, dates times, you name it. If Obama did not know about any of this, that fact will be revealed in court. That’s what those courts are for. Sounds fair, right?
Tue, 12/09/2008 – 22:52 — jerry johnson (not verified)
I don’t think anyone failed
I don’t think anyone failed yet. Just gathering what they need to prove what and who he is. LOL
Tue, 12/09/2008 – 23:25 — Anonymous (not verified)
Re the Leftist: Yup, the connection is
JW -Keep doing your good work. The Left and Leftists trying to subvert our country through theft and corruption are PIXXED OFF! GOOD JOB!
Wed, 12/10/2008 – 12:40 — Anonymous (not verified)
Rahm & Rod Neighbors
Old story about Rahm Emanuel and Amy Rule (wife) Charitable Trust formed in 2002, used their home at 4228 North Hermitage as the office for the non-profit foundation. Their address cannot be found in the Cook county Real Estate tax records and when the Illinois Review broke the story they were intimidated by the government to remove the story from the web. So that is nice they set up a charity and don’t pay R.E. taxes.
What I find interesting is that Rahm & Rod are practically neighbors. They live less than a block away from each other: Rod B. address: 4147 North Ravenswood, Chicago, IL. (Go ahead and map it.)
I have to believe that Obama knew a lot more about what was coming down with Rod Blagojevich than he has said publically.
Wed, 12/10/2008 – 12:48 — Anonymous (not verified)
Corruption isn’t just a left wing issue, it can afflict anyone in a position of power. Just IL is at epidemic levels.
Wed, 12/10/2008 – 15:59 — Jaz1950 (not verified)
Obama was mentored and groomed by the Illinois Democratic political machine for the last 7-8 years. To think he is not part and parcel of this criminal behavior is wishful thinking. Americans with any common sense recognized him as an empty suit with a dangerous desire for power 2 yrs ago. His supporters know more about voting for american idol than they do about Obama. This is the stained blue dress all over again and Obama hasn’t yet taken the oath. What a sad day for America and Americans.