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Chicago, IL - Illinois Gov. Scandal Deepens: Rahm Emanuel Gave Blagojevich List Of 'Acceptable' Senate Candidates

Published on: December 12, 2008 11:23 AM
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Chicago, IL - President-elect Barack Obama’s chief of staff Rahm Emanuel had direct conversations with Gov. Rod Blagojevich about Obama’s replacement in the US Senate, FOX News Chicago reports .

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Citing “a source familiar with the investigation,” Fox says that Emanuel had “multiple conversations” with Blagojevich and his chief of staff John Harris, who was also arrested Tuesday on federal corruption charges, about the seat and that they we’re “likely recorded and in FBI possession.”

Fox’s source said that Emanuel gave the governor’s office a list of “candidates that would be acceptable to President-elect Barack Obama” but no “quid pro quo” or “dealmaking” is suspected.



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 Dec 12, 2008 at 11:50 AM Anonymous Says:

Possible gulit by association???

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 Dec 12, 2008 at 11:49 AM robroy560 Says:

Can we send Rahmbo a dead fish?

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 Dec 12, 2008 at 12:15 PM Anonymous Says:

Watch out! He's gonna come after you with a steak knife! Dus hut inz oisgefehlt. A yid in a high-profile position. It usually does not end well...

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 Dec 12, 2008 at 12:24 PM deepthinker Says:

"no "quid pro quo" or "dealmaking" is suspected"

..and I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell!

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 Dec 12, 2008 at 12:24 PM agezuntheit Says:

So are we finally going to see our dear president elect tied in to this scandal or will turn a blind eye until after the inauguration

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 Dec 12, 2008 at 11:54 AM GottaHaveEmunah Says:

I wonder how far or how deep this will go?

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 Dec 12, 2008 at 12:29 PM monseyer Says:

and even if he did, so what? it would only make sense for Obama to follow up who will replace him.

you think Hillary is not following closely and has a saying on who will replace her?

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 Dec 12, 2008 at 12:47 PM robroy560 Says:

It's the Chicago Way! Obama rose to power with these thugs. Jesse Jackson, Jr. is tangled up too. Where is Upchuchk Schumer with his rapid dog like calls for a special prosecutor? What did they know and when did they no it. C'mon, Upchuch! You slobber all over the microphone every weekend. Step up to the plate! Put these guys in front of a grand jury, and let us see where the chips fall.

Look, it's obvious Reszko is singing like a canary. Blago will do so too

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 Dec 12, 2008 at 12:43 PM Anonymous Says:

Barak Obama is too smart to let this effect him. Rom Emmanuel may go down with the Gov. But Barak--no he will find a way to wash himself off of all guilt.

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 Dec 12, 2008 at 12:34 PM Askipeh Hanidreses Says:

Reply to #4  
deepthinker Says:

"no "quid pro quo" or "dealmaking" is suspected"

..and I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell!

Politics as usual. If not money, then other favors are involved. In politics nobody does anything for nothing.

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 Dec 12, 2008 at 01:21 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
Askipeh Hanidreses Says:

Politics as usual. If not money, then other favors are involved. In politics nobody does anything for nothing.

Exactly. My friends, we have a crises of confidence in our leaders and political system. I hope I'm wrong, but this may be the beginning of the end...

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 Dec 12, 2008 at 01:20 PM Anonymous Says:

I see no problem at all wirh rahm saying whom he'd prefer

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 Dec 12, 2008 at 01:14 PM Anonymous Says:

what is wrong with what emanuel said?

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 Dec 12, 2008 at 01:29 PM M.E. Says:

Who’s leading the investigation Fox news, VIN and its posters or the US attorney Patrik Fitzgerald? If it’s Patrik Fitzgerald he said Obama is not part of the investigation.

Sarah Palin has spoken to Ted Stevens and there are pictures of the two shaking hands. Does that make her part of his corruption? Guilt by association right?


It’s funny or sad I should say the same people that defend molesters before they are guilty are the same ones that rush to convict Obama and Co. before he is even proven guilty let alone accused by the authority of any wrong doing.

Why don't you all wait to find out before accusing him of any wrong doing even though Fitzgerald said he isn't part of it?

Every Conversation of Blago was recorded it's very easy to find out If Obama was part of it.

Obama and Blago are far from friends. Obama snubbed him at the Dem convention and Blago had some choice words for him and was upset that Obama wasn’t going to pay for the seat.

Here are Blago’s own words

"They’re not willing to give me anything but appreciation".

Can someone explain to me how this means Obama or anyone part of his team were willing to pay for the seat?

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 Dec 12, 2008 at 02:03 PM robroy560 Says:

Reply to #14  
M.E. Says:

Who’s leading the investigation Fox news, VIN and its posters or the US attorney Patrik Fitzgerald? If it’s Patrik Fitzgerald he said Obama is not part of the investigation.

Sarah Palin has spoken to Ted Stevens and there are pictures of the two shaking hands. Does that make her part of his corruption? Guilt by association right?


It’s funny or sad I should say the same people that defend molesters before they are guilty are the same ones that rush to convict Obama and Co. before he is even proven guilty let alone accused by the authority of any wrong doing.

Why don't you all wait to find out before accusing him of any wrong doing even though Fitzgerald said he isn't part of it?

Every Conversation of Blago was recorded it's very easy to find out If Obama was part of it.

Obama and Blago are far from friends. Obama snubbed him at the Dem convention and Blago had some choice words for him and was upset that Obama wasn’t going to pay for the seat.

Here are Blago’s own words

"They’re not willing to give me anything but appreciation".

Can someone explain to me how this means Obama or anyone part of his team were willing to pay for the seat?

Well someone did offer to pay, and we'll find out soon enough.

Fitzgerald also investigated Scooter Libby for 2 years, even though the leaker in the Valerie Plame case was Richard Armitage. Colin Powell knew it too, and that fool was silent.

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 Dec 12, 2008 at 01:47 PM Anonymous Says:

CHOB GEMINT ER HOT MAR SHIECHEL!!

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 Dec 12, 2008 at 01:46 PM anonymous Says:

This is change we can believe in.

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 Dec 12, 2008 at 02:51 PM M.E. Says:

Who’s leading the investigation Fox news, VIN and its posters or the US attorney Patrik Fitzgerald? If it’s Patrik Fitzgerald he said Obama is not part of the investigation.

Sarah Palin has spoken to Ted Stevens and there are pictures of the two shaking hands. Does that make her part of his corruption? Guilt by association right?


It’s funny or sad I should say the same people that defend molesters before they are guilty are the same ones that rush to convict Obama and Co. before he is even proven guilty let alone accused by the authority of any wrong doing.

Why don't you all wait to find out before accusing him of any wrong doing even though Fitzgerald said he isn't part of it?

Every Conversation of Blago was recorded it's very easy to find out If Obama was part of it.

Obama and Blago are far from friends. Obama snubbed him at the Dem convention and Blago had some choice words for him and was upset that Obama wasn’t going to pay for the seat.

Here are Blago’s own words

"They’re not willing to give me anything but appreciation".

Can someone explain to me how this means Obama or anyone part of his team were willing to pay for the seat?

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 Dec 13, 2008 at 06:31 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
agezuntheit Says:

So are we finally going to see our dear president elect tied in to this scandal or will turn a blind eye until after the inauguration

like turning a blind eye to
that rutweiller of a pastor that
filled his head for 22 yrs.
and ayers, the meshignah that
wanted to kill americans and blow-up govt. bldgs.
the mafia guy who helped him buy his house for mucho $
(sounds like olmert days in israel)...
turning a blind eye to all the false votes --i.e. micky mouse, and such
so what can one sayif 70% of
american jews voted for the man of their dreams... only the
frum community wanted mccain..... let's hope the man of their dreams doesn't turn into a nightmare..

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 Dec 13, 2008 at 07:29 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
monseyer Says:

and even if he did, so what? it would only make sense for Obama to follow up who will replace him.

you think Hillary is not following closely and has a saying on who will replace her?

yeah, but obama denied that he or any of his associates had had any conversations with oyr honest gov. If all that happened was natural but untainted intrest, there would be no denials or hiding .

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 Dec 13, 2008 at 07:32 PM anonymous Says:

Let us hope that he is Jewish Chief of Stafff did not become Oberchochim and foul it all up. Blago called the President elect some very unflattering names. Of course Republican candidates would never do such as thing

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 Dec 13, 2008 at 08:01 PM robroy560 Says:

As Rush correctly pointed out on Friday, Obama's media pals will spin this as "Obama walks a straight line in a crooked world." No, this is Obama's street thug agitator world.

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 Dec 13, 2008 at 08:10 PM Anonymous Says:

Smells like Obama is starting to sweat and studder over this one.

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 Dec 13, 2008 at 10:48 PM Anonymous Says:

It really doesn't matter whether Emanuel is guilty of any corruption or not. They'll make him into a real Jewish scapegoat & throw him under the bus. Personally, I don't have any rachmones for him as a person as I think he's a vicious, hard nosed cuthroat, but I don't want to see yet another Jew take the fall for other people. My rachmones is limited to the fact that he's a Jew. Other than that, I couldn't care less. You know the old saying...if you lie down with dogs you wake up with fleas.

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 Dec 14, 2008 at 09:22 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #18  
M.E. Says:

Who’s leading the investigation Fox news, VIN and its posters or the US attorney Patrik Fitzgerald? If it’s Patrik Fitzgerald he said Obama is not part of the investigation.

Sarah Palin has spoken to Ted Stevens and there are pictures of the two shaking hands. Does that make her part of his corruption? Guilt by association right?


It’s funny or sad I should say the same people that defend molesters before they are guilty are the same ones that rush to convict Obama and Co. before he is even proven guilty let alone accused by the authority of any wrong doing.

Why don't you all wait to find out before accusing him of any wrong doing even though Fitzgerald said he isn't part of it?

Every Conversation of Blago was recorded it's very easy to find out If Obama was part of it.

Obama and Blago are far from friends. Obama snubbed him at the Dem convention and Blago had some choice words for him and was upset that Obama wasn’t going to pay for the seat.

Here are Blago’s own words

"They’re not willing to give me anything but appreciation".

Can someone explain to me how this means Obama or anyone part of his team were willing to pay for the seat?

1) Yes, it would be natural for Obama or his people to have had some contact with Blago over who he prefers to get his seat. So why was Obama so defensive in insisting that neither he nor anyone from his staff had had any contact with him?

2) Maybe Blago knew that all he would get from Obama for appointing his choice was "appreciation" because he made some kind of demand for payment that was refused (i.e., he was soliciting a bribe) and which Obama or Emanuel or whoever talked to him FAILED TO REPORT TO AUTHORITIES.

3) Obama and Blago are not close cuddly pals -- they don't shoot hoops together at the gym, for sure -- but they are political allies of a sort (Obama endorsed Blago both times he ran for gov and Emanuel said that in the first time in 2002, he, Obama, Blago and a couple of other guys met every week around the "kitchen table" for strategy sessions.

4) Funny you should mention Sarah Palin -- libs loved to poke fun at her as uneducated (went to five colleges and finally got a degree from a no-name state university), provincial and ignorant. Yet, when she was confronted with an arrogant governor who thumbed his nose at the public, like Frank Murkowski did when he appointed his daughter Lisa to his just-vacated Senate seat, (the most brazen nepotism since JFK made Bobby his attorney general and pulled strings to get Teddy his old Senate seat), Palin knew the guy was a bum, directly challenged him and threw him out of office. Meanwhile, brilliant intellectual Obama with his Harvard Law degree was either the stupidest man in Chicago for not seeing Blago's corruption -- or he chose not to see it and did not denounce Blago as corrupt, just like he did not denounce Wright's racist statements, Rezko's criminality or Ayer's terrorist background until AFTER these guys became controversial -- only then did he toss his former friends under the bus.

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 Dec 14, 2008 at 01:26 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #24  
Anonymous Says:

It really doesn't matter whether Emanuel is guilty of any corruption or not. They'll make him into a real Jewish scapegoat & throw him under the bus. Personally, I don't have any rachmones for him as a person as I think he's a vicious, hard nosed cuthroat, but I don't want to see yet another Jew take the fall for other people. My rachmones is limited to the fact that he's a Jew. Other than that, I couldn't care less. You know the old saying...if you lie down with dogs you wake up with fleas.

Being made into a "real Jewish scapegoat" is a very unpleasant experience. If this happens to Rahm Emanuel (which I doubt it will) perhaps he can get some sympathy from Isadore "Scooter" Libby.

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