Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Breaking: Illinois Governor Blagojevich arrested

Just in from CNN: The FBI has arrested Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich (Democrat) today "on federal charges in part related to the selection of President-elect Barack Obama's successor, the U.S. attorney's office said." The Governor's Chief of Staff was also arrested.

The corrupt Chicago political machine that produced our President-elect is apparently still very much alive and kicking. (Hat tip: Kevin).

UPDATE: There are no allegations that President-elect Obama knew anything about the crimes with which Governor Blagojevich is charged (CNSNews).

UPDATE: I was just listening to radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt. He played a clip of Barack Obama saying he had no contact with Governor Blagojevich or his office. The next clip was of Obama's sernior advisor David Axelrod talking about Obama's conversations with the governor.

The person Mr. Hewitt was interviewing was trying to parse Mr. Axelrod's words saying that Mr. Axelrod didn't mean to say that Obama had no contact with the governor whatsoever, just no contact regarding the sale of his U.S. Senate seat.

Not everyone is convinced. Some people on the radio today were already asking the same question that was asked of Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal: "What did the President [or President-elect] know and when did he know it"

UPDATE: According to the Associated Press, it sounds like Blagojevich had contacted Obama's advisors to no avail. On taped conversations, Blagojevich said about Obama's advisors, "they're not willing to give me anything except appreciation."

UPDATE: The New York Times had the Blagojevich indictment (via Hugh Hewitt).


Jason said...

I just read an article saying that he is the 4th governor in Illinois to be arrested.

You know, at some point the Feds need to just create marshal law and clean house. Everyone will be investigated from the Mayor on down to the janitors. Because as far as I am concerned the Mafia owns Chicago.

professor ed said...

If this were a republican governor and a republican president-elect, print and non-print media would be all over this. Investigations would be demanded. Reporters would be camped outside the president-elect's current abode; as well as the governor's mansion. Ah, but wait, this is a democrat governor, and a democrat president-elect--end of story!

Patrick Roberts said...

what's all this talk about calling for Blagojevich to "resign?" ... "throw him in prison" sounds a lot more fitting

it gives me chills to see how calm and collected he continues to act