Saturday, June 12, 2010

Blagojevich and Emil Jones deal on Obama's Senate Seat


I thought Jones the likely guy for Blagojevich to appoint and said so somewhere on Capital Fax to some guffaws. Turns out I wasn't all that far off. Now, I wonder if Jones told Obama that he had cut a deal with Blagojevich? Put Jones in a heck of a bind not too mention giving up a seat in the US Senate. Picture is Jones and Iraqi billionaire Nadhmi Auchi around the time of that dinner at the Four Seasons. Below per The Blago Blog,
Lon Monk just gives a new angle on the most compelling storyline of the Rod Blagojevich trial: horsetrading for the senate seat.

Monk described Blagojevich as a man so consumed by raising money, and thus power, for himself, that he was willing to trade a Senate seat appointment to kill an ethics bill.

Monk testified that a call from Barack Obama in 2008 unwittingly derailed a deal hatched by Rod Blagojevich and Illinois Senate President Emil Jones.

Monk testified that Blagojevich told him that Jones (who has since retired) would not call an ethics bill that Blagojevich strongly opposed if "Rod named him to Obama's Senate seat if Obama won in November."

"Did you understand he was serious?" prosecutor Chris Niewoehner asked.

"Yes," Monk said.

Obama himself then called Jones and told him to call the bill for a vote, Monk said. Jones then called to tell Blagojevich he was going back on the deal.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

At Natasha Korecki's "Blago Blog" she has listed "Rezko's Board Request", the one's with the *asterix sign are to mark his preference...#3 on the list but #1 with an *asterix is Dan Mahru his one time attorney and partner on the Companion Security deal...It has been reported that Mahru was picked up by the fed's for embezzling money from his grand-mothers estate, in about December 2005...He was offered a deal and in exchange act as an informant for the fed's, which put him at the conception of the Companion deal....I don't believe he has ever been sentenced, the last I heard he declared bankruptsy in Dec. 2008 just after the election's....Interesting that the prosecution has chosen NOT to call any of these key players'...

Bill Baar said...

No kidding anon... weird thing is I think there's probably a stronger case with some of the Ccompanion Leads and the Iraq Power plant than the Feds are going to find with selling Obama's seat.

Anonymous said...

After listneing to the testimony and cross of Monk, I too think their case against Compaion is much stronger...I always thought the feds cherry picked this case and went out of their way to protect the President and his staff...Another interesting tidbit and I'm sure it's just a coicidence but in N.K blog she brought up the possible pardon for
Berrie Kosar who once played for the Cleveland Browns...Daniel T. Frawley's best friend played for the Brown's as well, Gerry Sullivan...

Anonymous said...

http://countusout.wordpress.com/2010/06/14/nixed-by-the-illinois-gaming-board-blagojevich-wanted-to-hire-eric-holder-to-a-300000-special-investigator%E2%80%99s-position-so-that-he-would-dispel-allegations-by-state-attorney-general-lisa-m/

I just found this, thought you might be interested....It was new to me.

Bill Baar said...

Google around and you'll see the picture of Blago and Holder at the press conference where the Guv announced the contract to H.

Anonymous said...

"Aramanda said when he got the first check, Rezko asked him to divert $50,000 of it to the sister of one of Rezko’s business associates"...This is a quote from the Chicago Tribune blog...I really think he is refering to Daniel T. Frawley's sister Sgt.Maureen Frawley or his old partner Kathleen Cullen...I don't think the defense is going to ask in cross.

Bill Baar said...

Frustrating to see big bucks flow to unknowns without the trial resovling any of this...

...so the chink so far in the Gov's case is they can't show any dollars going directly to the Gov's pocket... we just see money going into unknown pockets and we're left speculating on the likely recipients.

Anonymous said...

The prosecution has to show the money and have insider testimony to win this case...Natasha wrote back in April that Rezko had no cooperation agreement and had not been prepped to testify and that it was unlikely that Levine would testify...without them I don't see how a jury would ever convict and the prosecution know's it. Maybe it would just be easier for them to lose this one and avoid getting in trouble with their bosses Holder & Obama.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry I meant to write it was "likely Levine would NOT testfy"...

Bill Baar said...

Maybe it would just be easier for them to lose this one and avoid getting in trouble with their bosses Holder & Obama.

...and then Obama pardon's Rezko.