Blago-Rahma: Immunity grant sought by Jackson fundraiser

posted at 10:12 am on December 22, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

The Chicago Tribune gives both Rod Blagojevich and Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr some bad news.  “Individual D”, the person pressured by the Illinois governor to cough up some cash for Jackson’s appointment to the Senate, has requested immunity from Patrick Fitzgerald in return for cooperation:

A key figure in Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s alleged scheme to sell a U.S. Senate seat has sought immunity from federal authorities in return for his cooperation in their ongoing probe, the Tribune has learned.

Raghuveer P. Nayak, an Oak Brook businessman and political fundraiser, is the unnamed “Individual D” who prosecutors say was being squeezed by the governor for campaign cash in return for appointing U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. to the Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama, sources said.

Investigators appeared at Nayak’s Oak Brook home the morning the FBI arrested Blagojevich, the sources said. Nayak was among a number of people connected to the case who were contacted by federal agents that day.

Nayak has not been accused of wrongdoing and declined to comment. It is unclear what information he can provide to authorities, who said they had more work to do after moving quickly to interrupt the governor’s alleged scheme.

When a witness wants immunity, it’s usually because they’ve committed some crimes.  They get immunity by providing information that convicts others of bigger crimes.  Nayak must know that Fitzgerald has enough on him to make life very uncomfortable over the next several years, and his request signals that he’s willing to cut deals to minimize that as much as possible.

Jackson has been named by sources as Candidate #5, the one Blagojevich considered most willing to play ball but unsure of whether he could provide the cash Blagojevich sought.  Ten days ago, the Tribune reported that Nayak and other fundraisers close to both Blagojevich and Jackson arranged a fundraiser for Blagojevich as a means to prove Jackson’s value and get him the nomination.  Nayak, Blagojevich aide Rajinder Bedi, and backer Harish Bhatt held the fundraiser on December 5th, just three days before the feds nabbed Blagojevich.

If Nayak has suddenly decided to talk, Jackson and Blagojevich may have a lot more explaining to do themselves.  Jackson’s brother Jonathan attended the event and had been a former business partner of Nayak.  Blagojevich also attended, perhaps to evaluate Jackson’s value to him before settling on the Senate appointment.  That’s an odd coincidence, under the circumstances, and I’m betting Fitzgerald doesn’t believe in coincidences — at least not in Illinois politics.


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What’s the sound of one shoe dropping?

Long John Silver getting ready for bed?

- The Cat

MirCat on December 22, 2008 at 10:17 AM

Wait I thought that Jesse Jr was conducting his own investigation into Blago’s crimes… sarcasm off.

Illinidiva on December 22, 2008 at 10:20 AM

But J-Cubed is a Democrat. What possibly could have been done that might be considered illegal?

Yoop on December 22, 2008 at 10:26 AM

Rep. Jackson can start waving goodbye to that Senate seat now. That’s the least of his worries, though. Looks like a good time to figure out which lawyer can spin a good defense against what Nayak is spilling.

This thing is going to taint a pretty big crowd o’ Cubs fans.

perroviejo on December 22, 2008 at 10:27 AM

The more Democrat politicians whose careers get destroyed in this mess, the better.

Although the Democrats do have a deep bench of corrupt incompetents, so unfortunately, there will always be more.

NoDonkey on December 22, 2008 at 10:40 AM

JJJ is such a bonehead.

I remember once sending him an email to rip him about one (Marxist) policy position or another, and since I always give my full name, email address and phone number when eviscerating a politician – you just never know – he called me within hours. On my cell phone. And we went back and forth for at least 10 minutes – I couldn’t believe how thin-skinned he was, and how little, apparently, a sitting congressman has to do on a given day.

Epic lesson from my congressman, Jesse “Staples” Jackson, Jr.

Jaibones on December 22, 2008 at 10:42 AM

Jaibones on December 22, 2008 at 10:42 AM

Typically liberals–particularly elected representatives–tell themselves that they’re smarter than those with whom they disagree. Either he gets credit for engaging you, or he didn’t get the memo that liberal ideas are superior, hence “go away fly.” I’ll bet someone has filled him in on option B by now.

perroviejo on December 22, 2008 at 10:48 AM

There is an old saying. Whoever gets on the Federal Protection bus first gets the best seat.

Expect this to be just one of many folk who will soon be stepping forward with all sorts of exciting information to share about Governor Blago and Jesse Jetstream Jr.

pilamaye on December 22, 2008 at 10:52 AM

Time to have some of the popcorn left over from the campaign…buttery garlic…yum.

HawaiiLwyr on December 22, 2008 at 10:54 AM

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Yoop on December 22, 2008 at 10:57 AM

B. Hussein Obama must be wetting his nappies right now.

Democrats remain proud of their party. That says quite a lot, doesn’t it!

DannoJyd on December 22, 2008 at 10:58 AM

but, but, jesse’s sister is proud of him

kelley in virginia on December 22, 2008 at 11:15 AM

I don’t get the chain of logic whereby this kind of wrongdoing supposedly taints a democrat in any way.

Maybe in the eyes of civilized folks who believe in right and wrong, but we’re a shrinking minority. The democrat party doesn’t see these sorts of shenanigans as moral failings, just strategic ones, equivalent to the mistake of scheduling your travel itinerary with your flights too close together. When a democrat says “you shouldn’t have done that” he means it in that practical, amoral sense, not in the sense of personal failing.

Don’t overestimate the soul of a democrat.

jeff_from_mpls on December 22, 2008 at 11:33 AM

JJJ’s sis is clueless then.

BTW, NO Immunity for these lousy crooks. Giving immunity to anyone usually proves to be a huge mistake.

DannoJyd on December 22, 2008 at 11:36 AM

perroviejo on December 22, 2008 at 10:48 AM

It was interesting in that he wanted to go through a list of his positions to see which ones I agreed with him on. There weren’t any obvious ones, but then he pulled out what he obviously thinks is his “big crossover” position – his support for the far south suburban Chicago area airport, the so-called Peotone Airport.

Did I support that? Yes, actually, at the time I did. Hooray, a point of agreement! I have since changed my view on that, not least because I have learned more about this ambitious little crook’s involvement and entrenchment. It’s not in his district – it’s not even in his county – and yet he seems to think that he is going to exercise control over the development and management of the airport. He is at odds with Will County over it, and with the U.S. Rep whose district encompasses the area, a fellow lib-Dem.

He suffers from delusions of grandeur.

Jaibones on December 22, 2008 at 11:46 AM

I’ve always thought that most politicians suffered from delusions of adequacy, not grandeur.

MarkTheGreat on December 22, 2008 at 12:00 PM

Raghuveer P. Nayak, Rajinder Bedi, and Harish Bhatt.

Is this Chicago or Mumbai?

grdred944 on December 22, 2008 at 12:14 PM

I would never talk to the authorities, even about the weather, without first receiving full immunity. Nobody knows how many laws and regulations are on the various books. I must have broken hundreds over the years, most without even being aware of doing it.

Laurence on December 22, 2008 at 12:15 PM

What’s the sound of one shoe dropping being thrown?

FIFY

dmh0667 on December 22, 2008 at 12:33 PM

Raghuveer P. Nayak, Rajinder Bedi, and Harish Bhatt.

Is this Chicago or Mumbai?

grdred944 on December 22, 2008 at 12:14 PM

Nope, it’s affirmative action compliments of Dunken Donuts and 7-11.

Knucklehead on December 22, 2008 at 12:54 PM

anyone who saw last night’s Brotherhood know how badly this ‘rush to immunity’ can go.

DrW on December 22, 2008 at 2:24 PM