Rahm Emanuel Possibly Implicated at Blago Trial
It seems Rahm will be shortly falling on his sword to save Obama. Obama claiming to be oblivious about whole senate seat for sale affair. Maybe this is why rumor is now out about Rahm leaving the WH?
Blagojevich trial: Rahm Emanuel pushed Valerie Jarrett two days before presidential election
Didn't Obama claim no one knew about the offer including himself? Now they are after the FBI tapes of Obama's interview. Sounds like the perjury trap is about to be sprung most belatedly.
Secret call: Blagojevich is heard plotting for perk after Emanuel call
Emanuel, Blagojevich Traded Favors, E-Mails Show
A track record of horsetrading since 2006 so the idea of making a trade for Obama's choice well within the norms of their relationship.
When it came to the Senate seat, Blagojevich seemed most interested in appointing Valerie Jarrett in the belief that Obama would reward him for the choice. Obama did, in fact send a message through Rahm Emanuel, who told a Blagojevich aide that the president-elect would like Jarrett to be his pick.
Harris testified he relayed the message, telling Blagojevich that the "president elect would be very happy if you appointed Valerie Jarrett to the Senate . . . he'd be thankful and appreciat[ive]," Harris told the governor, according to the recorded conversation.
An angry Blagojevich responded: "They're not going to give me anything but appreciation. F*** them."
In other words, contrary to Obama's claimed obliviousness, he knew via Rahm Emanuel that the seat was up for sale and that if he wanted Valerie Jarrett to have it then he would have to PAY for it. Notice that Blago at first thought Obama might want another person at first. So how did Blago then get to Valerie Jarrett? A conversation took place between Harris and Emanuel with the FULL knowledge of both power players at each end. Isn't the use of an intermediary exactly how Bill Clinton was used in an attempt to buy off Sestak?
And now the cover up.
Judge to Blagojevich lawyers: You can't see President Obama's interview with FBI
SEIU official under oath indicates Obama lied
Obama either lied to the FBI saying he didn't talk to Blago (directly or indirectly via intermediaries) OR the FBI lied by omission not contradicting Obama's false statement to the press that he didn't have any communication with Blago. I smell a cover up.