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.