UPDATE: Say There, Why did Obama Pick Rahm Emanuel as his Chief of Staff?December 11, 2008
UPDATE: SOURCE SAYS RAHM EMANUEL SPOKE WITH GOV. BLAGO ON “MULTIPLE OCCASIONS” (you don’t say?!!)
The attempt by President-elect Barack Obama to distance himself from the scandal erupting in Illinois took a big hit last night with this exclusive report from Chicago’s Fox affiliate. Sources within the investigation say that Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s chief of staff, spoke with Governor Rod Blagojevich on “multiple occasions” about the Senate seat that Blago had wanted to sell to the highest bidder — and that Emanuel will likely be on the FBI wiretaps:
If Emanuel continued meeting with Blagojevich, that indicates some kind of negotiating was happening, and that would strongly suggest that Emanuel was working on Blagojevich’s terms.
It’s still possible that Emanuel was working with the feds, but why stay silent about it now? They’ve already arrested Blagojevich. Emanuel could now say, “I helped Patrick Fitzgerald when I saw something wrong and worked with them to get him to make explicit statements,” rather than spend this week ducking reporters. NOT GOOD FOR OBAMA WHO STATED (TWICE) NO ONE FROM HIS CAMP SPOKE TO BLAGO.
Where there is smoke there is fire. If anyone believes there was no communication between Blago and the Obama camp regarding the Senate seat then you must have a fridge full of Kool-Aid. This is the cast of characters that have brought Chicago-style politics to Washington. Change and a new kind of politics – sure, but not for the better. This Blago-saga is like a teaser episode – we have four years with this cast of characters & Obama has not even been inaugurated.
– Polymath 3