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Report: Rahm Emanuel Urged To Resign

From Australia’s Herald Sun:

Barack Obama chief Rahm Emanuel urged to resign

December 15, 2008

BARACK Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, was under pressure to resign last night after it was revealed he had been captured on wire taps discussing candidates for the US president-elect’s Illinios Senate seat.

Mr Emanuel’s presence at the heart of the scandal threatens to roil Mr Obama’s administration as a Chicago prosecutor builds his corruption case against Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, The Australian reports.

The Chicago Tribune did not suggest any dealmaking in the conversations Mr Emanuel had before the election with the Blagojevich administration, and Mr Obama has strongly denied anyone on his team committed any wrongdoing….

This article highlights something that has thus far gotten very little press stateside.

Namely that Mr. Emanuel was actually recorded by the FBI’s wiretaps discussing Obama’s Senate seat.

This is a detail mentioned in passing in the Chicago Tribune’s story on Emanuel’s contacts from the other day:

Rahm Emanuel talked with governor’s office about who should fill Obama’s Senate seat

Chief of staff for Obama had list of names

By Bob Secter
December 13, 2008

One source confirmed that communications between Emanuel and the Blagojevich administration were captured on court-approved wiretaps.

Another source said that contact between the Obama camp and the governor’s administration regarding the Senate seat began the Saturday before the Nov. 4 election, when Emanuel made a call to the cell phone of Harris. The conversation took place around the same time press reports surfaced about Emanuel being approached about taking the high-level White House post should Obama win.

Emanuel delivered a list of candidates who would be “acceptable” to Obama, the source said…

Also, as far as we know, the Herald-Sun is also the first to suggest that Mr. Emanuel is being pressured to resign.

If true, why should such a scoop be coming to us from half way around the world?

  Update!

Reader Andrew Griffin has noted that the Herald Sun article has now been replaced with an article from the AFP:

Barack Obama chief Rahm Emanuel drawn into Rod Blagojevich corruption investigation

By Jitendra Joshi in Washington

December 15, 2008 08:00am

BARACK Obama’s chief of staff is under pressure over reported contacts with Illinois’s corruption-tainted governor, who faces impeachment proceedings this week.

Rahm Emanuel, a combative congressman from Illinois who will serve as Obama’s political gatekeeper in the White House, was reported to have been in touch with Governor Rod Blagojevich about  Mr Obama’s Senate seat.

The Chicago Tribune and New York Times did not suggest any wrongdoing by Mr Emanuel, citing sources as saying he had presented suggested names to take over the seat without offering any inducements to Mr Blagojevich.

But the reports could present a distraction to the president-elect, as the Republican Party released a new advertisement declaring that “questions remain” over Mr Obama’s links to the disgraced governor…

In this new article there is no mention whatsoever about Mr. Emanuel being urged to resign.

Indeed, this scandal is now described, using Mr. Obama’s favorite euphemism, as a “distraction.”

Shocking, eh?

(Kudos to Icarus for spotting the UK’s Times earlier version of this news. — See the comments below.)

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, December 14th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

31 Responses to “Report: Rahm Emanuel Urged To Resign”

  1. Icarus says:

    Time for Rahm to resign?????????????

    He’s one of the birds on the wire… maybe this is why he’s gone missing.
    What a way for Obama to start his Presidency.
    Wait… he hasn’t officially taken office yet.

    This is going to be a fun (scary) 4 years!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Check out this article!!!!

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article5337807.ece

  2. proreason says:

    Our watchdog press seems to have missed one.

    They must be exhausted from their superhuman effort vetting Obamy’s allies and philosophies. One can only expect so much.

  3. wardmama4 says:

    If true, why should such a scoop be coming to us from half way around the world?

    Perhaps because the American msm has their collective noses so far up The One’s ™ backside – they can’t write a decent and unbiased story. Ever.

    Most of the inquiring, investigative and questioning stories re: The One ™ have been from foreign media.

    Bias I don’t see no stinkin bias.

  4. Liberals Demise says:

    From the just established Office of the President Elect comes word of its’ first scandel. Man….the MSM should go ahead and start writing about who is pregnant by a alien, yeti sightings and Oprahs wieght problem. But by all means don’t report anything about the screw ups of the President in waiting. Their transparency is fogged up and getting duller by the incident. Pity the fools who bought into this HOG & PONY SHOW!! OOOPS…..my ale stein is empty. Now thats news!!!

  5. Colonel1961 says:

    Well, heck. I’ll go ahead and say it: Let the Impeachment proceedings begin!

    Yee-haaaw – it’s gonna be a wild ride, folks!

  6. Media_man says:

    Some of this has to blow back on Obama. Rahm was acting as his agent and it’s absurd to think he was dealing with Hot Rod without the full backing of his boss. Maybe the NY Post or WSJ will report the facts.

  7. Anonymoose says:

    I don’t think this will blow back on Obama—-yet. Right now the MSM/libs/Dems are still busy defending their new POTUS. The real Obama hasn’t emerged yet and may not for a while, at least not until he realizes the defense is of a Democrat President, not him.

    Obama is a classic passive aggressive, he is by no means this Zen Walking-On-Water perpetually calm persona we’re being force fed. People can hope and wait for him to blow up but it will never happen, I don’t think he’s even capable of showing his temper. Instead we’re probably going to get more silence and double talk when he does deign to address us. It will probably be his actions (or Michelle) that will bring it to the fore.

    And yes, I am feeling a very healthy bit of schadenfreude watching watching macho man Rahm squirm.

  8. DrTomVoter says:

    Moose, yes, but not only Rahm. Thousands of libs will be sweating this one out, no matter what they say publicly.

  9. Icarus says:

    I posted this (below) this morning……….
    But do I get a… “hey Icarus thanks for the heads-up”
    NO!
    I post this 5 hours before S.G and i get squat.
    everyoner else gets a “thanks for the heads-up”

    I’d expect this from a lib site but not on here.
    Goodbye S&L

    Icarus

    December 14th, 2008 at 11:02 am
    Time for Rahm to resign?????????????

    He’s one of the birds on the wire… maybe this is why he’s gone missing.
    What a way for Obama to start his Presidency.
    Wait… he hasn’t officially taken office yet.

    This is going to be a fun (scary) 4 years!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Check out this article!!!!

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article5337807.ece

  10. sheehanjihad says:

    Icarus…easy does it my friend. Similar things have happened to all of us at one time or another. Hell, I have had entire posts deleted for one reason or another, but SG sometimes misses a post or two, and it isnt done out of malice or trying to ignore you. I read your post when you posted it…and it was spot on. Try not to be offended by omissions that were not done on purpose. You deserve the credit, and this is S&L, and you are a part of it. So reconsider.

  11. Liberals Demise says:

    Yeah man, I predicted the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire and do you think I got a By-Page for it?
    NOOOOooooooo…….history says otherwise though. I ain’ t bitter….yet!!

  12. proreason says:

    These “disappearing ” news reports are becoming kind of eerie.

    Was this common before the Annointed One appeared on the scene?

  13. Landshark says:

    Icarus,

    I’ve known the host here since, oh, some time back in the Eisenhower administration or so. He’s a good guy and if he didn’t give you a hat tip, it’s because he didn’t see your posting.

  14. Steve says:

    “I posted this (below) this morning……….
    But do I get a… “hey Icarus thanks for the heads-up”
    NO!
    I post this 5 hours before S.G and i get squat.
    everyoner else gets a “thanks for the heads-up””

    Hopefully, you are kidding.

    Obviously, I missed your post or I wouldn’t have said:

    “Also, as far as we know, the Herald-Sun is also the first to suggest that Mr. Emanuel is being pressured to resign.”

    Sorry about that. But try as I might, I don’t always catch every comment.

  15. pinandpuller says:

    Is it too early for McCain to ask President Bush to pardon Rahm?

  16. artpa says:

    Are we going to have 4 years of insults to our intelligence? Of course Obama spoke to Blago about his replacement, most likely directly. If he had just came out in the beginning and said he’d made a couple suggestions and he had no idea that the governor was looking to sell the seat to the highest bidder, or he wouldn’t play, he’d be smelling like a rose right now. But no, not like I like the guy, but Rahm is going under the bus, the first in a long line of Clintonian style sacrifices, he’s lucky if there’s no trip to the park.

  17. Diane says:

    artpa – That’s been the pattern of Mr. Obama since he started campaigning, at least. The whole “sex education for kindergartners” thing. If he’d said at the outset “yes, I voted for it, but I didn’t realize that was in there” or “yes, I voted for it because I thought there were aspects of the bill important enough to overlook a provision I don’t think will be implemented”, then fine. One could agree or disagree, but there it is. Instead it was “I never voted for that bill” until it became painfully obvious that he had. Then it was “yes, I voted for it, but this is a distraction”, and everyone was happy to move on. If anyone with a loud enough voice (and, alas, blogs barely count there) had called him on it, we’d be in much better shape. I’m afraid that’s not going to happen any time soon.

  18. Icarus says:

    Thanks S.G

    Your gesture reveals a good character.
    … from sound principles!

    Not something you’d see on any lib site – or from any Lib!

    On with the show friend!

    Yes – I was somewhat kidding….lol

  19. Chinnubie says:

    You guys are all right on when it comes to this awaiting administration but not to change the subject entirely there is a movie that was released about 2 or so years ago called “Idiocracy” starring Luke Wilson. The idea is that I think it reflects today’s society not the future so if you guys/gals want a really good, I mean really good laugh check this movie out. It is the spittin image of this incoming administration. If anyone has already watched this movie, wouldn’t you agree??

  20. Reality Bytes says:

    Cut the Crap, I ! Like the Old Man said, “You want sympathy? It’s in the dictionary between Shit & Syphilis.”

    We’re in a dog fight & we’re outnumbered 4 to 1. With numbers like that, no one cares about the shoot down.

  21. Colonel1961 says:

    Quit? I didn’t know we could quit S&L?!?!

    Analogy: S&L is like smoking crack (so I’ve heard) – once is all it takes…

    lol

    Col.

  22. Reality Bytes says:

    OK back on issue! Last week it was Rahm. This week will be Billy Richardson. I think I smell smoke & I think it’s coming from the inner thighs of a wool pantssuit. Who’s next – good ol’ pal Craig?

  23. artboyusa says:

    RUB OUT Part Two! Danger! Suspense! Profanity! The gangland saga that’s as gritty and real as tomorrow’s headlines!

    “Honey? Where’s the f***in’ toothpaste?” queried Governor Blagojevitch, with his customary eloquence.

    “That kinda information’s worth somethin’, pal” answered his devoted spouse. “You gotta pay ta play, motherf***er”.

    “Just tell me where the f*** it is, okay?”

    “Pay me, a**hole”.

    “Nevvamind, I f***in’ found it. Thanks anyway”.

    “And all I get’s appreciation? F*** you, Rod”.
    **

    Earlier that day, at the luxurious mansion of Big Barry Obama, Boss of Bosses, a top secret meeting was held.

    “I’m here for the top secret meeting” whispered Rahm “The Racoon” Emanuel (so called both for the dark circles beneath his eyes and for his habit of rooting in other people’s garbage). “Hope I’m not late”.

    “C’mon in, Racoon” said Big Barry, always the gracious host. “Mi casa es su casa” he said in the fluent MexAmerican he wants us all to speak. “Wanna smoke?”

    “Um, thanks, Boss” said the Racoon, who didn’t smoke but knew better than to argue. “Mmmm…smooth” he gagged.

    The chain smoking ganglord ushered the frail poilitico into the meeting room, with its pool tables, pinball machines and gun rack. “I tink youse knows all my top advisors: Vito, Gino, Benny, Master Yoda…”

    “Troubled be your heart, young Obama” croaked the green dwarf. “Wise counsel do ye seek”.

    “Shut up, Yoda. Now, I called youse guys here because of dis problem wid Rod. His big potty mouth could derail all my plans to expand Our Thing nationwide. He needs getting’ rid of!”

    “But Boss” stammered Gino. “Da Feds have got him on ice. He’s untouchable”.

    “Nobody’s untouchable!” cried Big Barry. “Nobody! And I ain’t going ta jail – I’m too pretty ta do hard time”.

    “Um, if I may…?” stammered the Racoon, holding up his hand. “There is someone who may be able to help us; a disposal specialist. You know of whom I speak”.

    “Youse mean Hilly 3 Fingers? Yeah! Dat’s great! D’youse tink she’ll take da contrack?”

    “She makes Frank Nitti look like Mr Rogers” said the Racoon. “If anyone can do it, she can”.

    “Okay. Get her on da phone” commanded Big Barry. “And try ta make sure it ain’t tapped dis time”.
    **
    At the Georgetown townhouse she shared with her “body woman” Huma, the telephone rang and Hilly 3 Fingers (so called because, well…you know) our nation’s Secretary of State Designate, answered.

    “What? Oh hi, Racoon. Yeah, I heard. Uh huh. Yeah, I’ll take it. How much? Double it. That’s better. Okay; gimme the details…uh huh. No sweat. Bye.”

    “Who was on the phone, baby?” asked Huma, looking especially alluring in that little French maid outfit Hillary liked her to wear around the house.

    “Nobody. I’ve gotta go out of town on business. Pack my overnight bag and my ninja pantsuit, okay?”

    “But what about our special time?” asked Huma, holding up the handcuffs, the shackles, the battery powered accessories with their curious attachments and the enormous wooden pizza paddle. “You promised”.

    “There’ll be plenty of time for deviant loveplay later, my little Amazon” said Hillary. “Now get my work stuff ready”.

    “Oh poo” pouted Huma.
    **
    As darkness fell over Chicago a shadowy figure shrouded in black crept toward the luxurious mansion of Da Governor, with its marble floors, crystal chandeliers and paintings on the richest velvet.

    Eluding the dozing guards and with many an “ooof” and a “whoa” the shadowy figure, who appeared somewhat heavy in the seat, eventually made its way up the side of the building and toward the open bathroom window. Silently, an arm slid over the window frame and fastened its talons upon the tube of Crest which lay adjacent to the golden, swan-shaped taps. A needle flashed in the moonlight and the tube, now pumped full of deadly cyanide, was returned to its place.

    “Hehehe” snickered the lesbian ninja, before dropping awkwardly yet noiselessly into the rose bushes.
    **
    “Rod? Are youse f***in’ comin’ ta bed or what?” called Mrs Blago.

    “In a f***in’ minute. I came here ta clean things up” he said, brushing vigorously. “Hey, thish stuff tashtes pretty f***in’ funny” he spluttered. “Is thish (cough) our ushual (choke) brand…?”

    Thud.

    “Rod? Rod? What’re you doing on the f***in’ floor? Quit kidding around. Rod? ROD!”

  24. proreason says:

    Priceless Artboy, priceless.

    By the way, did you write any of Obamy’s self-indulgent autobiogs?

  25. BillK says:

    From the Wall Street Journal:

    Emanuel, Blagojevich Aides Discussed Senate Seat

    After Election, Obama Team Relayed List of Acceptable Candidates; No Evidence There Was Any Illegal Quid Pro Quo

    By Jonathan Weisman, Naftali Bendavid and Cam Simpson

    Barack Obama had begun thinking about his Senate successor even before the presidential election, and dispatched Rahm Emanuel days after the vote to contact aides of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to begin talking up Mr. Obama’s preferred candidates, associates of Mr. Emanuel said this weekend.

    Mr. Emanuel, a congressman from Chicago, had been approached about being Mr. Obama’s White House chief of staff the week before the election, though he hadn’t yet officially decided to take the post. Nonetheless, the issue of Mr. Obama’s Senate replacement was sensitive enough that senior Obama aides wanted to keep the matter within the circle of Illinois political figures, according to people familiar with campaign deliberations at the time.

    Among those in Mr. Obama’s inner circle, Mr. Emanuel had one of the closest relationships to Mr. Blagojevich, a Democrat. He had succeeded Mr. Blagojevich in 2002 to the House seat that covered Chicago’s near north side.

    Mr. Emanuel didn’t talk to Mr. Blagojevich directly about the matter, by phone or in person, according to people familiar with the matter. He spoke by phone with aides to the governor, those people say.

    Neither Mr. Emanuel nor representatives of the transition team would comment for this article.

    The Chicago Tribune reported Saturday that Mr. Emanuel relayed to Mr. Blagojevich’s team a list of candidates who would be acceptable to the Obama camp, and that these conversations were captured on a tape possessed by U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald. There is no evidence that this was part of a deal or quid pro quo.

    As these revelations emerged, Republicans on Sunday sought to take advantage of Mr. Blagojevich’s troubles by pushing for a special election to fill Mr. Obama’s Senate seat, which would deprive Democrats of the chance to name their own candidate. Such an election could cost upward of $30 million. But Republican Congressman-elect Aaron Schock of Peoria said on a conference call with reporters, “You can’t put a price tag on good government.”

    Meanwhile, leaders of the Illinois General Assembly have said they will begin impeachment proceedings Monday, as well as introduce bills to set a special election for the Senate seat and to strip the governor of his authority to fill the seat. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed papers Friday with the state Supreme Court seeking to strip Mr. Blagojevich of his powers.

    Mr. Blagojevich’s spokesman on Sunday denied rumors that the governor will step down Monday. “I’m sure that he’s not resigning,” Lucio Guerrero said. Instead, Mr. Blagojevich intends to be in his Chicago office Monday signing a bill to give tax credits to film makers if they come to Illinois.

    The conversations between Mr. Emanuel and Blagojevich aides on the Senate vacancy were the latest chapter in a long, if not particularly close, relationship between the Illinois governor and one of the state’s most prominent congressmen. As two rising stars of the Illinois Democratic Party — Mr. Blagojevich is now 52 years old; Mr. Emanuel is 49 — it was natural that they would have contact over the years.

    Now the conversations about the Senate seat may be central to whether Mr. Blagojevich’s legal and political problems will spill over and affect the president-elect before he even takes office. The discussions themselves don’t suggest anything improper, legal experts say. Obama advisers say it was natural for the president-elect to take an interest in his successor.

    Obama advisers also said they assumed that some of Mr. Emanuel’s conversations with Blagojevich aides were caught on tape, since it was widely known Mr. Blagojevich was under federal investigation and that likely meant his communications were being monitored.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122926660096904673.html

    But the Messiah said there was “no contact,” regardless of whether it was a quid pro quo or not.

  26. artboyusa says:

    “By the way, did you write any of Obamy’s self-indulgent autobiogs?” No, I didn’t pro – and neither did he.

    Reply

  27. BigOil says:

    If there were no quid pro quo type discussions between Emanuel and Blago, I am curious how they explain away this statement from Blago, reported last week:

    Blagojevch was caught on tape saying that he wanted the Obama advisor in question to know what Blagojevich wanted in exchange for the Jarrett appointment.

    Blagojevich said, “He asks me for the fifth CD thing, I want it to be in his head.” Emanuel represents the 5th Congressional District in Illinois.

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/obama/1326788

  28. Fascistfrog says:

    My god…I registered and joined this site to be amongst artboyusa, who has made me laugh aloud with his genius 7 times now.

    Great work, sir. I salute you.

  29. CGardner says:

    Michael Sneed of the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting this tidbit today:

    “Sneed hears rumbles President-elect Barack Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, is reportedly on 21 different taped conversations by the feds — dealing with his boss’ vacant Senate seat!”

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/sneed/index.html

  30. artboyusa says:

    Thanks for those kind words, Frog. That’s the kind of appreciation that makes my life worth clinging to in these dark, Obama-riddled times. Cheers!


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