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Emanuel Met With Blago Several Times

From a wondrously discreet Associated Press:

Obama, 2 aides met with Blagojevich investigators


WASHINGTON – President-elect Barack Obama and two of his top aides met last week with federal investigators building a corruption case against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, accused of trying to swap Obama’s Senate seat for cash or a lucrative job.

The interviews with Obama, along with incoming chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and adviser Valerie Jarrett, were disclosed Tuesday in an internal report produced for Obama on contacts with Blagojevich. Obama delayed releasing his report until those interviews were completed with U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald’s staff, incoming White House attorney Greg Craig said in the review he wrote for Obama…

Emanuel was the only Obama transition team member who discussed the Senate appointment with Blagojevich, and those conversations were "totally appropriate and acceptable," Craig said Tuesday. No one on Obama’s transition team discussed any deals or had any knowledge of deals, Craig’s report said.

Sources have said Emanuel is not a target in the case. Jarrett was never a target of the federal investigation, a transition official said…

During Emanuel’s interview with federal authorities, he listened to a taped recording of a conversation with Blagojevich’s office, according to a transition official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss information not included in the report.

Craig’s report states that Emanuel had "one or two telephone calls" with Blagojevich and four conversations with John Harris, the governor’s chief of staff who later resigned after being charged in the federal case. Craig told reporters Emanuel said he couldn’t be sure it was only one call.

Emanuel left for a long-planned family vacation in Africa on Tuesday and was not available for comment.

The report was released in Washington while Obama was vacationing in Hawaii. The president-elect did not make himself available for questions.

The report said Obama authorized Emanuel to pass on the names of four people he considered to be highly qualified to take over his seat – Illinois Comptroller Dan Hynes, Illinois Veterans’ Affairs Director Tammy Duckworth, Rep. Jan Schakowsky and Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

Obama later offered other names of what he thought were qualified candidates, including Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Chicago Urban League Director Cheryle Jackson, the report said…

The report said that earlier, Emanuel recommended Jarrett for the Senate seat without Obama’s knowledge, and Jarrett later accepted a job as a senior White House adviser.

Craig revealed his findings into a memo to Obama. The memo was dated Tuesday, but a transition official said an initial copy was given to Obama on Dec. 15. On that day, Obama announced that the report was ready but that he was withholding it from public release for a week at the request of the U.S. attorneys still conducting their investigation.

But didn’t Mr. Biden (and of course our one party media) just assure us that Emanuel met with the governor only once?

But never mind. The Obama camp has thought all about and has decided to completely exonerate itself.

So let’s move on. It’s Christmas, don’t you know?

Anyway, it is reassuring to see that the Obama camp is perpetuating the time-honored Clinton practice of dumping bad news late on Fridays or just before holidays.

Even from the selfsame Greg Craig.

Some change.

(The Smoking Gun has the full “report.”)

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

23 Responses to “Emanuel Met With Blago Several Times”

  1. 1sttofight says:

    Emanuel left for a long-planned family vacation in Africa on Tuesday and was not available for comment.

    I figure he started planning his vacation just after Blago was arrested.

    Wow, Release the report just as everyone leaves town. How convient.

  2. pinandpuller says:

    And they shall call his name Emanuel, which means I’m going to Africa so sod off!

  3. Slightly OT, but is Emanuel missing part of the middle finger on his hand?

    • Steve says:

      “Slightly OT, but is Emanuel missing part of the middle finger on his hand?”

      Yes. He cut off a finger while working at a fastfood restaurant — an Arby’s to be exact.

      Somehow this got inflated into his having lost it while loading mortars for the IDF.

      Typical, is it not?

    • JohnMG says:

      Was this on one ot the self-aggrandizing web sites?

    • Steve says:

      It’s almost certainly a story started by Emanuel himself. In any case, he has allowed it to be perpetuated:

      US election: A profile of Rahm Emanuel | World news | guardian.co.uk

      emauel AND finger AND idf – Google Search

      The first article here, BTW, is also laughably wrong:

      “And his volunteer service in Israel during the 1990s Gulf War is no fiction…”

      It certainly is a fiction. At least there is no mention of same in either Emanuel’s own biography:

      :: About Rahm ::

      Or in his Wikipedia entry:

      Rahm Emanuel – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

      It’s safe to say that Mr. Emanuel is not the kind of person to hide that detail under a bushel.

    • JohnMG says:

      Thanks. I had heard or read the meat slicer story somewhere before, and Guppy mentioned it here also. I wasn’t aware of the sources to which you’ve linked.

    • Steve says:

      “Thanks. I had heard or read the meat slicer story somewhere before, and Guppy mentioned it here also.”

      We have mentioned several times before. Though, I can’t remember the context.

    • JohnMG says:

      I found this remarkable, although with politicians, nothing should surprise me.

      ……”As Chair, Emanuel led the Democratic Caucus in fulfilling its campaign promise to pass legislation reflecting the values and priorities of the American people. In the first 100 legislative hours, Democrats passed sweeping ethics reform…..”

      As one of Mark Twain’s characters would say, “He mostly told the truth, ‘though with some ‘streachers’ throwed in”.

    • GuppyNblue says:

      Thanks for that info SG.
      I’m hoping something comes out of Blago’s scandal that puts an end to Emmanuel. Besides being dishonest (just typical for a politician) he seems to have the personality of a tyrant.

  4. GuppyNblue says:

    When he was a kid he lost it using a meat slicer.

  5. AmericanIPA says:

    I think he’s just flashing a gang sign.

    It used to be a bit tiring playing the old “imagine if this were a republican” game when reading most msm reports, but now…dang, who has the energy to even point out such obviousness anymore?

    This is indeed the new era of liberal control: “why yes, I did just punch you in the face and take your purse madam, but you see…I don’t wish to be bothered with any sort of inconvenience to myself by accepting an arrest or anything.” The media will say what this ruling liberal class wants them to say when they want them to say it. But the real evil is of course Fox News.

  6. GuppyNblue says:

    I’ve never clicked on your username before but thats a very nice site (and glad to see a link to S&L). It brings back memories of my happier Catholic days.

    • Thanks.

      “Happier Catholic days”? There’s a story there, methinks… ;)

    • JohnMG says:

      Have a blessed and Merry Christmas, EQ. ;-}

    • GuppyNblue says:

      Lol – It’s a story and sometimes might sound a little too fantastic to believe. I’ll briefly mention the early years though because regretfully it’s too common with children today.

      I had to be brought up in foster homes from an early age. It’s not like adoption and you can be moved around every few months or so (trust me it’s very disorienting for a kid). I wasn’t a hard case but actually was desperate to please.
      Anyway, it was hard to stay with the Church where I was baptized. One otherwise nice family insisted that to be apart of their family I had to attend a Baptist church with them. That might sound reasonable but understand, it’s very hard to keep changing you’re golden rules every time you move into another home. I agreed to try it and then decide later. When I still wanted to go back to my church they gave me the boot (btw- it was against California law to force me into any religious services). I felt guilty for being stubborn at the time but now I just look back think, hey I was 13 years old. While repeating basically that same story over and over I was never confirmed or learned the formalities.

      This is not the right forum but I think it’s important for people to understand the realities of foster care, especially in urban areas. Some parents did it just for the money, some mothers wanted to get fresh with me and some just didn’t understand the more profound responsibilities.

  7. Steve says:

    Some further details about Rahm Emanuel to bear in mind as we cogitate about these innocent contacts with Mr. Blagojevich.

    From Congresspedia:

    Emanuel became known for his fundraising abilities in the mayoral campaign of Richard Daley. He would insist on donors giving more than they previously gave, even hanging up the phone on donors to convey his disgust. At the age of 30 he raised an unheard of $7 million for Daley. This helped win him a job as Director of Finance in the 1992 Presidential campaign of then-Governor Bill Clinton…

    He joined then Governor Bill Clinton’s presidential primary campaign in 1991 and worked as part of the original “War Room” with George Stephanopoulos, James Carville, and Paul Begala. Following the campaign, Emanuel became a senior advisor to Clinton at the White House (1993-1998). In the White House, Emanuel was initially Assistant to the President for Political Affairs but was fired for overstepping his bounds…

    Rahm Emanuel – Congresspedia

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