Union official: Obama used me as a middleman to talk to Blagojevich about the Senate seat

posted at 7:03 pm on June 29, 2010 by Allahpundit

Nothing criminal about The One’s behavior here — to this day, there hasn’t been a single accusation that he considered a quid pro quo with Blago to appoint his candidate of choice — but this does suggest that Team Barry’s report on all this in December 2008 was a sham. The claim that Obama had spoken to a middleman about the seat had been made previously, but not until now did the middleman himself step forward to confirm it. Meet Tom Balanoff of — ta da — SEIU:

“Tom, I want to talk to you with regard to the Senate seat,” Obama told him.

Balanoff said Obama said he had two criteria: someone who was good for the citizens of Illinois and could be elected in 2010.

Obama said he wasn’t publicly coming out in support of anyone but he believed Valerie Jarrett would fit the bill.

“I would much prefer she (remain in the White House) but she does want to be Senator and she does meet those two criteria,” Balanoff said Obama told him. “I said: ‘thank you, I’m going to reach out to Gov. Blagojevich.”

That call was made the night before the presidential election; that’s how important it was to Obama, evidently. I highlighted the last bit just to emphasize that he was under no illusions whatsoever that Balanoff was acting as a conduit to Blagojevich. Why does that matter? Because the “internal audit” conducted by Obama’s then-lawyer, Greg Craig, in December 2008 conveniently neglected to mention any of this in the report that came out, er, two days before Christmas. Here’s the entire section on contacts between Obama himself and Blago’s team:

The President-Elect had no contact or communication with Governor Blagojevich or members of his staff about the Senate seat. In various conversations with transition staff and others, the President-Elect expressed his preference that Valerie Jarrett work with him in the White House. He also stated that he would neither stand in her way if she wanted to pursue the Senate seat nor actively seek to have her or any other particular candidate appointed to the vacancy.

After Ms. Jarrett decided on November 9, 2008 to withdraw her name from consideration as a possible replacement for him in the Senate and to accept the White House job, the President-Elect discussed other qualified candidates with David Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel. Those candidates included Representatives Jan Schakowsky and Jesse Jackson, Jr., Dan Hynes and Tammy Duckworth. The President-Elect understood that Rahm Emanuel would relay these names to the Governor’s office as additions to the pool of qualified candidates who might already be under consideration. Mr. Emanuel subsequently confirmed to the President that he had in fact relayed these names. At no time in the discussion of the Senate seat or of possible replacements did the President-Elect hear of a suggestion that the Governor expected a personal benefit in return for making this appointment to the Senate.

No mention of the conversation with Balanoff, even though Obama allegedly knew full well that Balanoff was just a messenger for Blagojevich’s staff. Either he lied to Greg Craig flat out when asked if he’d contacted Blago about the seat or that sly, vague reference to “others” in the blockquote is supposed to be sufficient disclosure of the Balanoff phone call. Balanoff actually is mentioned elsewhere in the report, in the section on Valerie Jarrett’s contacts with Team Blago — but there’s no reference to any conversation with Obama there either.

The obvious question: If no one’s alleging a quid pro quo, why didn’t Obama want his contact with Balanoff disclosed in the report? The obvious answer: Because, in December 2008, they were still in the full flush of Hopenchange and eager to sell the public on how this would be the most transparent, ethical, fantastic administration evah. A description of back-channel contacts between The One and America’s dirtiest governor (involving union cronies, no less) wouldn’t have fit that narrative. So — assuming Balanoff’s telling the truth — they simply covered it up. They were lying before the guy was even sworn in.


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As the foundation crumbles, Obama will end up in a heap of debris of his own lies & corruption.

portlandon on June 29, 2010 at 7:06 PM

He USED somebody? I’m shocked!

leftnomore on June 29, 2010 at 7:06 PM

As the foundation crumbles, Obama will end up in a heap of debris of his own lies & corruption.

portlandon on June 29, 2010 at 7:06 PM

We can only hope.

bopbottle on June 29, 2010 at 7:07 PM

Obama needs to stop acting stupidly.

Notorious GOP on June 29, 2010 at 7:07 PM

He USED somebody?

And one of his SEIU purpleshirts, no less. Shocking, indeed.

o_O

Spiny Norman on June 29, 2010 at 7:08 PM

to this day, there hasn’t been a single accusation

It’s only Tuesday.

RedRedRice on June 29, 2010 at 7:08 PM

liar liar pants on fire -the whole lot of them!!!!!

huskerdiva on June 29, 2010 at 7:09 PM

And it’s only been 18 months. Just think what we will find out about Obama in another 18 months.

Electrongod on June 29, 2010 at 7:09 PM

So — assuming Balanoff’s telling the truth — they simply covered it up. They were lying before the guy was even sworn in.

Is anyone else numbing to these scandals any longer? They are literally coming 1-2x per day. Knowing about not one, not two, but TEN Russian spies before Medvedev shows up and not saying jack nor squat over a burger about it? Now, a full up coverup with Blago–lying to a federal prosecutor–maybe? It is literally unsurprising anymore–I feel like pavlov’s dog, the bell rings, and I don’t even salivate anymore……i’ve been…reeducated.

ted c on June 29, 2010 at 7:09 PM

I believe Team Barry has been briefed by the prosecutors AND defense if there is anything too damaging coming. (All done in a legal manner of course)

rob verdi on June 29, 2010 at 7:09 PM

FIRED UP……..

READY TO GO………..

FOR IMPEACHMENT……..

canopfor on June 29, 2010 at 7:09 PM

The obvious answer: Because, in December 2008, they were still in the full flush of Hopenchange and eager to sell the public on how this would be the most transparent, ethical, fantastic administration evah.

Oh man, I remember those days. Things sure do change in a hurry.

forest on June 29, 2010 at 7:10 PM

pass the popcorn – one can only hope they’re saving the most damaging witnesses for last!!!!

huskerdiva on June 29, 2010 at 7:10 PM

Look. If Scooter Libby can get convicted of a crime because he “might” have lied in the course of an investigation. Then Obama certainly isn’t above reproach. And, it isn’t like he had a gulf of time between the incident and the interviews.

James on June 29, 2010 at 7:11 PM

So HOTAIR/SALEM demonstrates fairness and balance by now accepting anti-Jerry Brown ads! They don’t just take anti-Meg Whitman cash. I guess the money spends the same.
www,jerryfails.com

leftnomore on June 29, 2010 at 7:11 PM

pass the popcorn – one can only hope they’re saving the most damaging witnesses for last!!!!

huskerdiva on June 29, 2010 at 7:10 PM

Mr. Rezko, please raise your right hand…..

ted c on June 29, 2010 at 7:11 PM

FIRED UP……..

READY TO GO………..

FOR IMPEACHMENT……..

canopfor on June 29, 2010 at 7:09 PM

+1000 my good friend!

huskerdiva on June 29, 2010 at 7:11 PM

He has more Teflon on him than Bill ‘effin Clinton. Impeach and prosecute, I say. This happened before he was sworn in as President, no executive privelege.

Johnnyreb on June 29, 2010 at 7:11 PM

They were lying before the guy was even sworn in.

Does anyone expect……. ??

Robert17 on June 29, 2010 at 7:12 PM

+1000 my good friend!

huskerdiva on June 29, 2010 at 7:11 PM

huskerdiva:)

canopfor on June 29, 2010 at 7:13 PM

Mr. Rezko Preident Obama, please raise your right hand…..

ted c on June 29, 2010 at 7:11 PM

FIFY – (praying….)

huskerdiva on June 29, 2010 at 7:13 PM

And it’s only been 18 months. Just think what we will find out about Obama in another 18 months.

Electrongod on June 29, 2010 at 7:09 PM

Not where he was born.

davidk on June 29, 2010 at 7:13 PM

Pilate: What is truth?

Tav on June 29, 2010 at 7:14 PM

This happened before he was sworn in as President, no executive privelege.

Johnnyreb on June 29, 2010 at 7:11 PM

not only not before he was sworn in…..but before he was elected IIRC…

ted c on June 29, 2010 at 7:14 PM

Mr. President, What did you now & when did you now it?

portlandon on June 29, 2010 at 7:14 PM

That call was made the night before the presidential election; that’s how important it was to Obama, evidently

This happened before he was sworn in as President, no executive privelege.

Johnnyreb on June 29, 2010 at 7:11 PM

ted c on June 29, 2010 at 7:16 PM

Not where he was born.

davidk on June 29, 2010 at 7:13 PM

I would give the guy a pass on that if in 18 months Obama is a private citizen.

Electrongod on June 29, 2010 at 7:16 PM

So what’s it going to take to impeach this toolbag.

TimTebowSavesAmerica on June 29, 2010 at 7:17 PM

So, Obama told us that he didn’t have any involvement and he told the FBI in his interview that he did so he wouldn’t commit a crime. But we didn’t know that until now because the judge won’t release the transcript of Obama’s interview with the FBI to defense attorneys.

I wonder what else Obama told the FBI that is being covered up by DOJ.

Dusty on June 29, 2010 at 7:18 PM

And it’s only been 18 months. Just think what we will find out about Obama in another 18 months.

Electrongod on June 29, 2010 at 7:09 PM

Not if he kills the Internet, we won’t!

Write to your Senators, people.

Mary in LA on June 29, 2010 at 7:18 PM

I would give the guy a pass on that if in 18 months Obama is a private citizen.

Electrongod on June 29, 2010 at 7:16 PM

You betcha.

davidk on June 29, 2010 at 7:19 PM

it might not be the crime that does ya in, it just might be the coverup…..

ted c on June 29, 2010 at 7:19 PM

TimTebowSavesAmerica on June 29, 2010 at 7:17 PM

The 2010 election.

Mr Purple on June 29, 2010 at 7:20 PM

TimTebowSavesAmerica on June 29, 2010 at 7:17 PM

The 2010 election.

Mr Purple on June 29, 2010 at 7:20 PM

The Internet kill switch bill allows the President to shut down the Internet for up to 4 months without Congressional review. Golly, what’s scheduled to happen in 4 months? July, August, September, October… hmm…

Mary in LA on June 29, 2010 at 7:22 PM

this does suggest that Team Barry’s report on all this in December 2008 was a sham

…i just felt compelled to bold that a bit …

ted c on June 29, 2010 at 7:22 PM

Dear ACME ROPE Company,I’m writing in support of
adding another shift to your already stressed and
overtimed workload!

Do to the overwhelming use of your rope product,
Liberals have been hang’n themselves,Left,right,
and centre,and in so doing,they could use a lot
more rope!!

Thank-You/Sincerely,Canopfor———-(snark).

canopfor on June 29, 2010 at 7:23 PM

Either he lied to Greg Craig flat out when asked if he’d contacted Blago about the seat or that sly, vague reference to “others” in the blockquote is supposed to be sufficient disclosure of the Balanoff phone call.

sufficient disclosure to stay one perp walk step ahead of the law.

ted c on June 29, 2010 at 7:24 PM

BO: “Awe don’t sweat it, I’ll just play through”.

jbh45 on June 29, 2010 at 7:24 PM

Oh, I think that the video interview here is far more da*ning re ObaMao and his intentions for America, the West, and Israel. The interviewee is an exceptional scholar, not a conspiracy nut.
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/5538352/obama_to_correct_the_historic_mistake.html?cat=47

onlineanalyst on June 29, 2010 at 7:24 PM

this does suggest that Team Barry’s report on all this in December 2008 was a sham

…i just felt compelled to bold that a bit …

ted c on June 29, 2010 at 7:22 PM

ted c: I like the colour of the cut of your jib!!:)

canopfor on June 29, 2010 at 7:24 PM

But we didn’t know that until now because the judge won’t release the transcript of Obama’s interview with the FBI to defense attorneys.

Dusty on June 29, 2010 at 7:18 PM

There is a whole bunch of transcripts about Obama that haven’t/won’t be released.

Johnnyreb on June 29, 2010 at 7:26 PM

Mr. President, what did you know, and when did you know it?

portlandon on June 29, 2010 at 7:26 PM

So what’s it going to take to impeach this toolbag.

[TimTebowSavesAmerica on June 29, 2010 at 7:17 PM]

I don’t know but I’ll be happy to suggest the refrain:

“We have to impeach him to find out what’s in the articles of impeachment.”

Dusty on June 29, 2010 at 7:26 PM

I would give the guy a pass on that if in 18 months Obama is a private citizen.

Electrongod on June 29, 2010 at 7:16 PM

I would prefer he became a private citizen, say…tomorrow?

No two sweeter words that I would love to hear from this clown…

I resign!

lukespapa on June 29, 2010 at 7:27 PM

there is no controlling legal authority….

-Al “Pervert” OricalGorical-Quote

canopfor on June 29, 2010 at 7:27 PM

What Valerie wanted, wasn’t necessarily what she got, but this all just reeks of corruption. Will Obama be held accountable? Doubtful!!!

capejasmine on June 29, 2010 at 7:28 PM

Scooter knew about the Russian Spies and he knew about this. What else does he know about?

kingsjester on June 29, 2010 at 7:28 PM

Just politics.

Speakup on June 29, 2010 at 7:29 PM

I wonder what else Obama told the FBI that is being covered up by DOJ.

Dusty on June 29, 2010 at 7:18 PM

Dusty:Here ya go!!:)
========================================================

Blagojevich Wiretap Transcripts and FBI Charges in Plain English
————-

http://www.scribd.com/doc/28376910/Blagojevich-Wiretap-Transcripts-and-FBI-Charges-in-Plain-English

canopfor on June 29, 2010 at 7:32 PM

If I read the article correctly, it was CANDIDATE Obama that discussed this, not President-elect… So their full disclosure was “factually” accurate, yet able to cover up the actual middle man activity.

Truly a top-flight nuance! One normally has to play the game of Bridge to see such a finesse!

/sarc

Khun Joe on June 29, 2010 at 7:34 PM

They were lying before the guy was even sworn in

slick weasels from day one!

cmsinaz on June 29, 2010 at 7:35 PM

any comment from greg craig…hmmmmm

cmsinaz on June 29, 2010 at 7:36 PM

No two sweeter words that I would love to hear from this clown…

I resign!

lukespapa on June 29, 2010 at 7:27 PM

And the speech that Nixon gave will fit well here too.

“Therefore, I shall resign the Presidency effective at noon tomorrow. Vice President Bite Me will be sworn in as President at that hour in this office.”
Blah..Blah..Blah..
“By taking this action, I hope that I will have hastened the start of the process of healing which is so desperately needed in America.”

Electrongod on June 29, 2010 at 7:36 PM

Obama’s Council and Robert Gibbs on Blago Report

http://www.scribd.com/doc/9398947/Obamas-Council-and-Robert-Gibbs-on-Blago-Report

canopfor on June 29, 2010 at 7:36 PM

That call was made the night before the presidential election

The President-Elect had no contact or communication with Governor Blagojevich or members of his staff about the Senate seat.

The day before the election there was no President-elect. The split of that hair probably covers Obama on this one. But this trial keeps isn’t over yet. More popcorn, please…

pldew on June 29, 2010 at 7:36 PM

Mr Purple on June 29, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Not good enough. If W did one-tenth of what Obama has done so far, the networks would have their impeachment countdown clocks going right now.

TimTebowSavesAmerica on June 29, 2010 at 7:36 PM

Oh, and I might add on the Scooter Libby matter (a total political hatchet job) he was hauled before the Grand Jury 5 times and basically entrapped.

Obama on the other hand. He is worse than Bill Clinton. At least Clinton believed what he said.

Obama knows he is lying and has an agenda he won’t share with the American people.

James on June 29, 2010 at 7:36 PM

Khun Joe on June 29, 2010 at 7:34 PM

I like how you put it better.

pldew on June 29, 2010 at 7:38 PM

Once again, pants on fire.

Mason on June 29, 2010 at 7:39 PM

Obowma, using someone? No tell me it isn’t so ‘Bite Me’.

tarpon on June 29, 2010 at 7:39 PM

I just can’t believe that Obama, who received his political training in corruption-free Chicago, could be accused of doing anything wrong.Next you’ll be accusing him of incompetent management in the Gulf oil spill. And just look at the millions of new jobs he has created thanks to the joint efforts of honest brokers ACORN and SEIU Why this is the most ethical, honest, competent, and skillful White House evah!!!!

MaiDee on June 29, 2010 at 7:40 PM

Blagojevich Defense Team Subpoena Obama

http://www.scribd.com/doc/30358114/Blagojevich-Defense-Team-Subpoena-Obama

canopfor on June 29, 2010 at 7:43 PM

So — assuming Balanoff’s telling the truth — they simply covered it up. They were lying before the guy was even sworn in.

OH.DEAR.GOD.MAN.

Are you telling me it has taken you 18 months to reach this conclusion? Never heard Wright spout off over a 20yr period, Ayers is just some guy in my neighborhood, Voting in favor of the warrantless wire tapping/immunity for telecoms that he promised he would filibuster, work with McCain on matching funds, on and on and on. None of the above tipped you off that most everthing that comes out of this man’s hole is a lie going back to long before 1/20/09?

Tell me sir you jest or I’ll be forced to abandon my AllahPundit fan-club membership.

Archimedes on June 29, 2010 at 7:44 PM

Files From FBI Case Against ROD BLAGOJEVICH Touch OBAMA

http://www.scribd.com/doc/9158306/Files-From-FBI-Case-Against-ROD-BLAGOJEVICH-Touch-OBAMA

canopfor on June 29, 2010 at 7:45 PM

The obvious answer: Because, in December 2008, they were still in the full flush of Hopenchange and eager to sell the public on how this would be the most transparent, ethical, fantastic administration evah.

Wrong. He was breaking campaign promises within the first few months, Allah. From no lobbyists in his administration to the passage of the stimulus without 5 days of it being on line. The Hope and Change melted as fast as cotton candy on my tongue.

Weight of Glory on June 29, 2010 at 7:49 PM

I wonder what else Obama told the FBI that is being covered up by DOJ.

Dusty on June 29, 2010 at 7:18 PM

Ask Eric Holder. Heh, another one who should lose his law license and be behind bars for obstruction of justice and legal malfeasance.

onlineanalyst on June 29, 2010 at 7:52 PM

Is anyone else numbing to these scandals any longer? They are literally coming 1-2x per day. Knowing about not one, not two, but TEN Russian spies before Medvedev shows up and not saying jack nor squat over a burger about it? Now, a full up coverup with Blago–lying to a federal prosecutor–maybe? It is literally unsurprising anymore–I feel like pavlov’s dog, the bell rings, and I don’t even salivate anymore……i’ve been…reeducated.

ted c on June 29, 2010 at 7:09 PM

ted c, I feel the exact same way. I don’t think there’s anything he could do now that I would even blink about with the daily onslaught we’ve had since day one. I kinda think that’s the point, don’t you?

silvernana on June 29, 2010 at 7:54 PM

Also, AP, how can you possibly think that Obama was acting out of fear of his “narrative” being shattered when the Press, to this day, is desperately trying to keep the image alive? If there was no “squid pro row,” then the Press would’ve gone to the mattresses in Dec. of 08. Nope, that dog don’t hunt (I’ve got a hankerin’ for colloquialisms and movie bits today).

Weight of Glory on June 29, 2010 at 7:54 PM

The “One” is not capable of lying! He is merely altering our reality.

chickasaw42 on June 29, 2010 at 7:55 PM

I believe Team Barry has been briefed by the prosecutors AND defense if there is anything too damaging coming. (All done in a legal manner of course)

rob verdi on June 29, 2010 at 7:09 PM

What is so said is how blatantly corrupt and incompetent our Federal justice system is on every level. If this were a Republican administration there would have already been several special prosecutors appointed and many people forced to resign. It seems to be systemic as it doesn’t matter if there are Republicans running the various departments or Justice department.
If a Republican had been president and this clean-up mess in the gulf was 1/10 as poorly run, we would already have a new FEMA director. As far as I know FEMA isn’t even involved yet, unbelievable.

whbates on June 29, 2010 at 7:56 PM

They were lying before the guy was even sworn in.

Classic. Put that one in the greatest hits vault.

Vigilante on June 29, 2010 at 7:58 PM

Hum…… Rezko might not be testifying. From the Tribune this a.m.”

“One big question hanging over the trial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been whether his convicted fundraiser, Antoin “Tony” Rezko, would appear at these proceedings to testify against his old friend. Rezko, now imprisoned at a federal facility in Wisconsin, has been cooperating with government agents since shortly after his 2008 conviction.

It’s still not certain whether Rezko will testify, but at a hearing before testimony resumed today, U.S. District Judge James Zagel strongly suggested that Rezko would make a lousy government witness.

Zagel said there was a word to describe witnesses like Rezko who damage whatever side calls them to testify. That, said Zagel, “generally explains why they’re not called.” Zagel refrained from actually saying what the word was, leaving the suggestion it was less than polite.” And also from Judge Zagel, “There’s a word for witnesses like Rezko.” Hum…..

In this afternoon’s Chicago Sun Times, the headlines are about Blago calling democratic senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias “that mother f____!” And Hot Rod’s opinion on Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Robert Creamer) is not to be missed.

MayorDaley on June 29, 2010 at 7:59 PM

“We have to impeach him to find out what’s in the articles of impeachment.”

Dusty on June 29, 2010 at 7:26 PM

+1000

And let’s impeach him cloward-piven/obamacare style because his lies and violations of the law are overwhelming and LEGION.

The articles of impeachment should be at least 2500 pages.

Pray to God that what goes around will come around.

tigerlily on June 29, 2010 at 8:01 PM

A buddy of mine told me years ago: “If you feed a kid sh*t all of his life, that’s all he’ll want to eat.” Well, it seems there are enough people in this country that like the fertilizer they been fed by the MSM that that’s what they like and that’s what they believe and that’s what got us here. I don’t like sh*t sandwiches and never have and, consequently, I knew this Obama clown was a chiseler from the opening gate. This individual is just dripping with corruption and falsehood. Everything he does is predicated on achieving his goal of national destruction after which he must believe he will receive is well-earned crown. I think a box would be more appropriate but that is an opinion. Look at this :

http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/overwhelm.asp

LarryG on June 29, 2010 at 8:01 PM

whbates on June 29, 2010 at 7:56 PM

I was just reading somewhere around the blogosphere today that the Republicans gave Nixon two choices: resign or the Republicans would begin impeachment procedings. The issue during the Watergate proceedings wasn’t even about the break-in but the cover-up… and Nixon wasn’t even involved in the former.

onlineanalyst on June 29, 2010 at 8:05 PM

SEIU help doesn’t come cheap. What did Mr Balanoff get for being the conduit?

journeyintothewhirlwind on June 29, 2010 at 8:19 PM

The President-Elect had no contact or communication with Governor Blagojevich or members of his staff about the Senate seat.

Come on folks, remember this was written by a member of a profession that questions the meaning of the word ‘is’. So we have to question the term President-Elect.

The Electoral College did not meet and cast their ballots until December 15, 2008. So prior to that time there was no actual official President-Elect, only a presumptive one. Therefore Barak Obama could have have daily contact, discussions, and negotiations about his Senate seat and this report by his lawyer would still be factually correct.

meci on June 29, 2010 at 8:31 PM

liar liar pants on fire.

Terrye on June 29, 2010 at 8:36 PM

That call was made the night before the presidential election; that’s how important it was to Obama,

THAT is how he is weaseling out of it! He called the day before. He wasn’t President Elect, he was still Senator Obama, Presidential Candidate!

Interview him again!

journeyintothewhirlwind on June 29, 2010 at 8:44 PM

They were lying before so that the guy was even could be sworn in.

FIFY

parteagirl on June 29, 2010 at 8:53 PM

That call was made the night before the presidential electionThe President-Elect had no contact or communication with Governor Blagojevich or members of his staff about the Senate seat.
The day before the election there was no President-elect. The split of that hair probably covers Obama on this one. But this trial keeps isn’t over yet. More popcorn, please…

pldew on June 29, 2010 at 7:36 PM

this may be factually accurate, but it isn’t truthful. He had contact with him by proxy. This is very concerning.

Is this akin to a police officer asking you if you were just going 80 mph and answering “no”–because you were really going 85mph. This is ridiculous and absurd.

ted c on June 29, 2010 at 9:04 PM

I was just reading somewhere around the blogosphere today that the Republicans gave Nixon two choices: resign or the Republicans would begin impeachment procedings. The issue during the Watergate proceedings wasn’t even about the break-in but the cover-up… and Nixon wasn’t even involved in the former.

onlineanalyst on June 29, 2010 at 8:05 PM

Well I remember it well, and yes they did. Never believe that things have always been done a certain way.

Even the Democrats under Carter couldn’t defend his incompetence, there were still honorable Democrats at the time, sadly there all gone now.

whbates on June 29, 2010 at 9:05 PM

Pilate: What is truth?

Clinton: It all depends on what your definition of “is” is.

The Monster on June 29, 2010 at 9:19 PM

but this does suggest that Team Barry’s report on all this in December 2008 was a sham

Coverup. These Articles of Impeachment just write themselves…

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on June 29, 2010 at 10:11 PM

I guess it depends on what the definition of “is” is. In this case replace “contact” for “is”.

katablog.com on June 29, 2010 at 10:31 PM

Canopfor,

Are you “The Magnificent Bastard” Karl Rove?

Just sayin’! ;D

ProudPalinFan on June 29, 2010 at 10:33 PM

They were lying before the guy was even sworn in.

xyz Republican lied/distraction/libtard

This guy had better be a one term president

aikidoka on June 29, 2010 at 10:34 PM

Hello Katablog!!! Scared Monkey whytegirl here. *waving*

ProudPalinFan on June 29, 2010 at 10:34 PM

That call was made the night before the presidential electionThe President-Elect had no contact or communication with Governor Blagojevich or members of his staff about the Senate seat.
The day before the election there was no President-elect.

The document was written in December when Obama was unfortunately the President-Elect.

katablog.com on June 29, 2010 at 10:34 PM

SEIU help doesn’t come cheap. What did Mr Balanoff get for being the conduit?

journeyintothewhirlwind on June 29, 2010 at 8:19 PM

The ability to beat up TeaPartiers and walk away free, the exemption from the Political Disclosure Law, the pushing of Amnesty…….

katablog.com on June 29, 2010 at 10:37 PM

not only not before he was sworn in…..but before he was elected IIRC…

ted c on June 29, 2010 at 7:14 PM

Why would that not lead me to believe that the elections could have been rigged? I know it’s a long shot, but…

ProudPalinFan on June 29, 2010 at 10:38 PM

“We have to impeach him to find out what’s in the articles of impeachment all the times he lied and what he’s hiding about his birth certificate and school records.”

FIFY

katablog.com on June 29, 2010 at 10:51 PM

Why would that not lead me to believe that the elections could have been rigged?

Does anyone believe it wasn’t? Let’s go back to that campaign site that was collecting “donations” without any verification as to whom the donor was.

katablog.com on June 29, 2010 at 10:53 PM

Obama needs to stop acting stupidly.

Not possible! I am SHOCKED that HotAir has not run out of material for its weekly Obamaturiesm polls. Not one week has passed where we were told: sorry, no material this week!

katablog.com on June 29, 2010 at 10:59 PM

katablog.com on June 29, 2010 at 10:34 PM

That’s a protection method- ie, I can say that as President Elect I didn’t have contact with Blago, because I didn’t, I contacted him the day before, when I was only Sen Obama, Presidential candidate. Therefore, since they didn’t ask me if I contacted him as Senator Obama, I am answering the question truthfully (but deceitfully)

journeyintothewhirlwind on June 29, 2010 at 11:15 PM

Obama’s not nearly as good at lying as Clinton was. He’s sort of pathetic in that way.

Jaibones on June 29, 2010 at 11:27 PM

There is a whole bunch of transcripts about Obama that haven’t/won’t be released.

Johnnyreb on June 29, 2010 at 7:26 PM

And people wonder why people don’t trust Obama when it comes to material he claim is private.

By the way, are the attorneys going to appeal the judge’s order to not to release the transcript? I hope this goes to the Supreme Court…

Conservative Samizdat on June 30, 2010 at 2:05 AM

There was a reason that I held my nose, and voted for Mclame.

Slowburn on June 30, 2010 at 6:37 AM

Obama…dancing with the devil in the pale moonlight.

scalleywag on June 30, 2010 at 9:01 AM

Dan Hynes is a decent guy. As Comptroller he has annually pointed out how Illinois has spent itself into third world status.

Jan Schakowsky, Jesse Jackson, Jr., and Tammy Duckworth? Wow, Jeapardy for $1,000 the question is “How do you make Roland Burris look like a good choice?”

MarkT on June 30, 2010 at 9:12 AM

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