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Eric Holder Omitted Blago From Answers

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

Eric Holder (right) appears at a March 24, 2004, news conference with Gov. Blagojevich.

Holder omitted Blagojevich link from questionnaire

Announced as a ‘special investigator to the Illinois Gaming Board’ in 2004

December 17, 2008

BY CHRIS FUSCO Staff Reporter/cfusco@suntimes.com

Before Eric Holder was President-elect Barack Obama’s choice to be attorney general, he was Gov. Blagojevich’s pick to sort out a mess involving Illinois’ long-dormant casino license.

Blagojevich and Holder appeared together at a March 24, 2004, news conference to announce Holder’s role as "special investigator to the Illinois Gaming Board" — a post that was to pay Holder and his Washington, D.C. law firm up to $300,000.

Holder, however, omitted that event from his 47-page response to a Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire made public this week — an oversight he plans to correct after a Chicago Sun-Times inquiry, Obama’s transition team indicated late Tuesday

Holder signed the questionnaire on Sunday — five days after Blagojevich’s arrest for allegedly putting Obama’s U.S. Senate seat up for sale. The Judiciary Committee asked him to provide lists and "copies of transcripts or tape recordings of all speeches or talks delivered by you" and "all interviews you have given to newspapers, magazines or other publications."

The March 2004 Chicago news conference where Holder and Blagojevich spoke was widely covered because of a controversial 4-1 Gaming Board vote earlier that month to allow a casino to be built in Rosemont. That vote defied the recommendation of the board’s staff, which had raised concerns about alleged organized-crime links to the Rosemont casino’s developer.

Besides that, the Gaming Board’s staff had been concerned that the governor had named his close friend and fund-raiser, Christopher G. Kelly, as a "special government agent" to be involved in official state negotiations about the casino. Kelly, the Sun-Times later learned, was a business partner of Tony Rezko, another Blagojevich fund-raiser who had held an option to lease a hotel site next to the proposed casino site in Rosemont

The Sun-Times disclosed Rezko’s interest in the Rosemont hotel site about three weeks before the news conference announcing Holder would be involved in the casino case. Holder was not aware of the story when he opted to get involved, a source said.

In an interview Tuesday, the Gaming Board’s chief investigator in 2004 said the timing of Blagojevich’s appointment of Holder raised the staff’s suspicions.

"The concern was Holder had a bias to do whatever Blagojevich wanted, which was to give the casino to Rosemont," said Jim Wagner, who was a top Chicago FBI agent before he joined the Gaming Board, from which he retired in December 2005. "We all believed the only reason Holder was coming in was to fashion an investigation that would manipulate the casino into Rosemont."

Wagner also said the matter should be explored by the Senate Judiciary Committee. "It ought be brought up and vetted totally as to what motivated him to leave it off" the questionnaire, Wagner said…

A former Deputy Attorney General, Holder has faced criticism about his role in President Bill Clinton’s controversial pardon of fugitive Marc Rich. His confirmation hearing is to begin Jan. 15.

What an incestuous bunch these Chicago thugs are.

Aren’t we glad we have given them the keys to the country for the next eight years?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, December 17th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Eric Holder Omitted Blago From Answers”

  1. proreason says:

    How can a guy as busy as Holder remember pesky details like a $300K job with Blago.

    This upright citizen deserves a break from the cutthroat media.

  2. curvyred says:

    I think we are into the beginning of an administration full of scandals and “distractions” that will make the Clintonian years pale in comparison. Hold on folks it is about to get very bumpy.

    • 1laidbackRN says:

      A very bumpy ride indeed. And if you think this is bad, just wait until the mob war breaks out between the Clintoon’s “Southern mafia” and the Obambi’s “Chicago mafia”.

  3. 1sttofight says:

    How in the world do yall expect The One to save the world with all these “distractions” being thrown up in his face all the time?

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