What Did He Know And When Did He Know It?

You wont here that question being asked by any Democrats so I figured I'd put it out there.

Let's just review a couple statements made by those involved in the whole Obama senate seat kerfluffle shall we? I wont make any comments here, I'll just state the facts (with supporting links to where they came from) and leave it to you the readers to come to your own conclusions.

Nov 3 2008 Rob Blagojevich stated (unless otherwise linked all quotes come from this legal filing):

“unless I get something real good for [Senate Candidate 1], shit, I’ll just send myself, you know what I’m saying.”
ROD BLAGOJEVICH later stated, “I’m going to keep this Senate option for me a real
possibility, you know, and therefore I can drive a hard bargain. You hear what I’m saying.
And if I don’t get what I want and I’m not satisfied with it, then I’ll just take the Senate seat
myself.” Later, ROD BLAGOJEVICH stated that the Senate seat “is a fucking valuable
thing, you just don’t give it away for nothing.”

Nov 4 2008 Rob detailed how he would seek the bidding:

“how much are you offering, [President-elect]? What are you
offering, [Senate Candidate 2]? . . . Can always go to. . . [Senate Candidate 3].”

Nov 5 2008

Now that Barack Obama will be moving to the White House, his seat in the U.S. Senate representing Illinois will have to be filled.

That's one of Obama's first priorities today.

He's meeting with Governor Rod Blagojevich this afternoon in Chicago to discuss it.

Nov 7th 2008

HARRIS suggested a “three-way deal,” and explained that a three-way deal
like the one discussed would give the President-elect a “buffer so there is no obvious quid
pro quo for [Senate Candidate 1].”

Advisor B said that he liked the idea of the three-way deal. ROD BLAGOJEVICH stated that he is interested in making $250,000 to $300,000 and being on some organization boards.

Nov 10 2008

ROD BLAGOJEVICH asked what he can get from the President-elect
for the Senate seat. ROD BLAGOJEVICH stated that Governor General Counsel believes
the President-elect can get ROD BLAGOJEVICH’s wife on paid corporate boards in
exchange for naming the President-elect’s pick to the Senate. Governor General Counsel
asked, “can [the President-elect] help in the private sector. . . where it wouldn’t be tied to
him? . . .I mean, so it wouldn’t necessarily look like one for the other.”

ROD BLAGOJEVICH said that the consultants (Advisor B and another
consultant are believed to be on the call at that time) are telling him that he has to “suck it
up” for two years and do nothing and give this “motherfucker [the President-elect] his
senator. Fuck him. For nothing? Fuck him.”

Nov 11 2008

Later in the conversation, ROD 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. Fuck them.”

Nov 12th 2008

Advisor B stated that he likes the idea, but liked the Change to Win option better because, according to Advisor B, from the President-elect’s perspective, there would be fewer “fingerprints” on the President-elect’s involvement with Change to Win because Change to Win already has an existing stream of revenue and, therefore, “you won’t have stories in four years that they bought you off.”

Nov 13 2008

ROD BLAGOJEVICH asked Advisor A to call Individual A and have Individual A pitch the
idea of the 501(c)(4) to “[President-elect Advisor].”

Nov 13 2008 Obama offically resigned his senate seat.

Obama has made clear he's deferring to the governor, saying last week: "This is the governor's decision; it is not my decision." However, Obama also said his replacement should be "somebody who is capable; somebody who is passionate about helping working families in Illinois meet their dreams."

In Nov ? 2008:

"Obviously, [we are] interested in whatever insights President-elect Obama might have with regard to his thoughts on the subject," Blagojevich said.

Nov 23 2008 Obama's top aid David Axelrod states:

"I know he's talked to the governor, and there are a whole range of names, many of which have surfaced, and I think he has a fondness for a lot of them."

Dec 8 2008:

UPDATE 12/8 9:30 P.M.

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. met with Gov. Blagojevich for 90 minutes Monday and said he left feeling confident in the governor's selection process for Obama's replacement, according to the Tribune:

"I am convinced that the governor has a very thoughtful process that he has put in place and is wrestling and weighing a number of issues in this enormous decision that he has to make," Jackson said. "Today, I leave confident that the governor has put in place processes and that his interview process for this position is thoughtful."

UPDATE 12/8 12:50 P.M.

Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Monday that he will meet with U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. about Obama's Senate seat later today. Jackson spoke recently with Blagojevich confidante John Wyma about the post, according to the Tribune.

Blagojevich called Jackson a "very strong" candidate, according to the AP.


Dec 9 2008 Rod Blagojevich is arrested and Axelrod changes his claim to say he was mistaken.

"I was mistaken. ... They [Rod and Obama] did not then or at any time discuss the subject."

Obama claims:

"I had no contact with the governor or his office, and so I was not aware of what was happening" concerning any possible dealing about Blagojevich's appointment of a successor.

""Let me stop you there because it's an ongoing investigation. I think it would be inappropriate for me to, you know, remark on the situation beyond the facts that I know. And that's the fact that I didn't discuss this issue with the governor at all,"he said.

Dec 10 2008 taped conversation with Gov Blagojevich show him saying:

Blagojevich himself, in taped conversations cited by prosecutors, suggested that Obama wouldn't be helpful to him. Even if the governor was to appoint a candidate favored by the Obama team, Blagojevich said, "they're not willing to give me anything except appreciation."

Prior to Nov 2008:

[Rahm] Emanuel stated that Obama and he "participated in a small group that met weekly when Rod was running for governor. We basically laid out the general election, Barack and I and these two."

This statement went unchallenged for months until corrupt Chicago politician Blagojevich was indicted and Chicago politician Obama denied even knowing who the governor of Illinois was. At that point, Chicago politician Rahm Emanuel (an advisor to both Obama and corrupt Chicago politician Blagojevich) suddenly remembered that he was mistaken.

One side fact that is of interest in light of the comments from Gov Blagojevich asking to get his wife put on a highly paid board is Obama's own wife and her job situation from 2005 soon after Obama being elected to Senate.

According to the couple’s tax returns, Mrs Obama earned $51,200 (£25,700) for her work as a non-executive director on Treehouse’s board last year, on top of the $271,618 salary she was paid as a vice-president of the University of Chicago Hospitals.

She also received 7,500 Treehouse stock options, worth a further $72,375, as she did the previous year, when she banked a $45,000 salary from the company.

This more then doubled her salary from prior to his election.

Also consider with this, she had no prior experience...

...a position she took up two years ago to gain experience of the private sector.

And then there is the Rezco land deal...

A British-Iraqi billionaire lent millions of dollars to Barack Obama's fundraiser just weeks before an imprudent land deal that has returned to haunt the presidential contender, an investigation by The Times discloses.

The money transfer raises the question of whether funds from Nadhmi Auchi, one of Britain’s wealthiest men, helped Mr Obama buy his mock Georgian mansion in Chicago.

A company related to Mr Auchi, who has a conviction for corruption in France, registered the loan to Mr Obama's bagman Antoin "Tony" Rezko on May 23 2005. Mr Auchi says the loan, through the Panamanian company Fintrade Services SA, was for $3.5 million.

Three weeks later, Mr Obama bought a house on the city's South Side while Mr Rezko's wife bought the garden plot next door from the same seller on the same day, June 15.

Mr Obama says he never used Mrs Rezko's still-empty lot, which could only be accessed through his property. But he admits he paid his gardener to mow the lawn.


It is unclear how Mrs Rezko could have afforded the downpayment of $125,000 and a $500,000 mortgage for the original $625,000 purchase of the garden plot at 5050 South Greenwood Ave.

In a sworn statement a year later, Mrs Rezko said she got by on a salary of $37,000 and had $35,000 assets. Mr Rezko told a court he had "no income, negative cash flow, no liquid assets, no unencumbered assets [and] is significantly in arrears on many of his obligations."

Draw your own conclusions folks!