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The already least popular governor in the US for attempting to inhibit the free press with authoritative coercion, pay-to-play, involvements with recently convicted Tony Rezko, and being an all-around ass-clown among other issues, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, was arrested early this morning for corruption.
The IL Gov. “allegedly” was auctioning off the vacant IL seat in the US senate, vacated by Pres.-elect Barack Obama.
US Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald spoke to the press earlier:
CNN reports after the press conference of the best attorney in America:
Fitzgerald said the government had bugged the governor’s campaign office and placed a tap on his home phone.
FBI agents arrested Blagojevich, a Democrat, on Tuesday on federal charges in part related to the selection of President-elect Barack Obama’s successor, the U.S. attorney’s office said….
Each was charged with a count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and a count of solicitation of bribery, authorities said.
The government says the two were “conspiring to obtain personal financial benefits” for the Illinois governor by leveraging his sole authority to appoint a U.S. senator to replace Obama.…
The government also accuses Blagojevich and Harris of threatening to withhold state assistance to the Tribune Company — the company that owns the Chicago Tribune — in connection with the sale of Wrigley Field baseball stadium. The company also owns the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field.
In exchange for assistance, the governor and his chief of staff wanted the newspaper to fire Chicago Tribune editorial board members who were sharply critical of the governor, the government said.
It alleged the two also sought to obtain campaign contributions in exchange for official actions.Blagojevich and Harris will appear later Tuesday in court, the attorney’s office said….
In a 76-page affidavit, federal authorities say wiretaps caught Blagojevich conspiring to sell or trade the vacant Senate seat in exchange for financial benefits for himself and his wife, Patti.
At times, he discussed obtaining a substantial salary for himself at a non-profit organization or an organization affiliated with labor unions, as well as placing his wife on paid corporate boards where she might make as much as $150,000 a year, the government said.
During one recorded conversation, Blagojevich said he needed to consider his family and said he was “financially” hurting, the affidavit said.
“I want to make money,” Blagojevich said, according to the affidavit.
The governor also often weighed the option of appointing himself to the Senate seat, saying he was “stuck” at governor and might have access to more resources as a senator than as a governor, the affidavit says. A Senate seat could also help him remake his image ahead of a possible presidential run in 2016. “If … they’re not going to offer anything of any value, then I might just take it,” he said in one conversation.
The intercepted phone calls also caught the the governor and Harris discussing the possibility of the Tribune Company’s obtaining assistance from the Illinois Finance Authority in efforts to sell the Cubs and the financing or sale of Wrigley Field, the government said.
Blagojevich allegedly directed Harris to tell Tribune officials that state assistance would be withheld unless members of the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board were fired. The Illinois governor saw them as “driving discussion of his possible impeachment,” the affidavit said.
“Our recommendation is fire all those [expletive] people, get ’em the [expletive] out of there and get us some editorial support,” the governor allegedly said in one phone call.
Federal authorities also allege the governor and Harris schemed with others — including convicted real estate developer Antoin “Tony” Rezko — to obtain financial benefits for himself, his family and others, including his campaign committee, Friends of Blagojevich.
Reports from the Chicago Tribune last week said federal authorities were investigating the governor and were secretly taping his conversations — with the help of his former congressional chief of staff, John Wyem.
“I don’t believe there’s any cloud that hangs over me,” Blagojevich told WLS-TV in Chicago on Monday, as he responded to the reports of wiretapping. “I think there’s nothing but sunshine hanging over me.”
He added, “By the way, I should say if anyone wants to tape my conversations, go right ahead, feel free to do it. I appreciate anybody who wants to tape me openly.”…
They taped you, sir.
After that, they cuffed you like the POS crook you are.
Because my fellow Illinoisans are too retarded to embrace freedom and democracy, the people of IL voted “No” last November to a Constitutional Convention where an amendment to the IL Constitution would be proposed to allow the people of IL to recall elected officials. For whatever reason, the people of IL trust the IL State Legislature — a branch of IL government that hasn’t voted once to impeach a governor under FBI investigation since 2003.
The governor who preceeded Blago, George Ryan, is confined to federal prison after being convicted on federal corruption charges.
The Feebs have an overwhelming amount of Blago quotes on tape that should land him in the same place and another notch on the belt of Mr. Fitzgerald.