Hmmm: House Ethics Committee to get testimony from Robert Blagojevich

posted at 1:56 pm on April 13, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Looks like we may not have heard the last from the Rod Blagojevich corruption scandal after all.  The former Illinois governor got a 14-year prison sentence in December on federal charges, following the career path forged by more than one of his predecessors in the office.  His brother Robert, however, is still free to travel — and will apparently visit Washington DC to tell the House Ethics Committee what he knows about an alleged deal between his brother and Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. for Barack Obama’s then-vacant Senate seat:

As Rod Blagojevich serves a 14-year sentence for trying to sell a U.S. Senate seat, the former governor’s brother is headed to Washington to talk about who he says offered to buy it.

The U.S. House Committee on Ethics, which is investigating U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), is expected to interview Robert Blagojevich later this month, sources tell the Chicago Sun-Times. …

Rob Blagojevich — a former military man whose life was upended after being charged along with his brother — has said he has more to tell Congress about Jesse Jackson Jr.’s alleged involvement in the Senate seat sale. Some of the information about the case has not been made public, he has said.

Robert Blagojevich has been very public in attempting to get their attention.  The corruption case itself, as the Chicago Sun-Times recalls in its article, had evidence that the disgraced governor understood that Jackson would give Blagojevich $1.5 million to bolster his campaign coffers in exchange for the appointment.  Presumably, the governor’s brother has some dots that he can connect in this regard.

The Ethics Committee has had this case since 2009.  At the same time that Rod Blagojevich got convicted, the Office of Congressional Ethics reported publicly that they found “probable cause” that Jackson had either known of a pay-for-play proposal, or was directly involved in it.  Earlier, the Sun-Times also reported that one of Jackson’s donors told federal investigators almost two years ago that Jackson had told him to make an offer of $6 million, although Raghuveer Nayak might also be bargaining to get out from underneath a separate and unrelated federal investigation.  Testimony from the governor’s brother might tend to corroborate Nayak’s account of the proposal, which would put Jackson in rather deep trouble, and not just with the Ethics Committee.

Would the Ethics Committee take any action even if Robert Blagojevich could deliver those goods?  I’m skeptical.  They are still sitting on the probe of Maxine Waters and her actions to intervene on behalf of a bank in which her husband owned a substantial stake.  With a national election approaching, it would be remarkable to see the kind of ethics trial we saw with Charlie Rangel in 2010.


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RAAAAAAAAACIST!

wildcat72 on April 13, 2012 at 1:59 PM

This could get interesting because the web of people in Chicago never cease to turn up crazy angles of corruption.

RedSoxNation on April 13, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Jesse Jackson Jr to be wearing a Hoodie every day from now on in 3…2…1…

portlandon on April 13, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Would the Ethics Committee take any action even if Robert Blagojevich could deliver those goods? I’m skeptical.

Ditto. A better question is whether or not the ethics committee, given its horrific record on ethics, has any authority, moral or otherwise, to take any necessary action on,…..er…..ethics?

ted c on April 13, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Will Bobby Rush where a hoodie to the committee hearings?

Will that congresswoman where that pink hat and argue that Jackson is metaphorically being hunted down like a rabid dog?

BuckeyeSam on April 13, 2012 at 2:02 PM

OH dear, this won’t make j jackson sr, sharpton, or bho happy to hear this news? I doubt anything will come of this, but it is fun to think of what might be said by robert?
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letget on April 13, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Would the Ethics Committee take any action even if Robert Blagojevich could deliver those goods? I’m skeptical. They are still sitting on the probe of Maxine Waters and her actions to intervene on behalf of a bank in which her husband owned a substantial stake. With a national election approaching, it would be remarkable to see the kind of ethics trial we saw with Charlie Rangel in 2010.

I had forgotten about the Waters mess. What a facepalm that this hasn’t gone anywhere.

Bitter Clinger on April 13, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Jesse Jackson Jr to be wearing a Hoodie every day from now on in 3…2…1…

portlandon on April 13, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Don’t forget the Skittles and iced tea.

BuckeyeSam on April 13, 2012 at 2:03 PM

If a disingenuous,scam “reverend” race hustler had a son, he’s look just like Jesse Jackson Jr.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on April 13, 2012 at 2:03 PM

What happens if Obama is tied to this?

Tater Salad on April 13, 2012 at 2:04 PM

This could get interesting because the web of people in Chicago never cease to turn up crazy angles of corruption.

RedSoxNation on April 13, 2012 at 1:59 PM

I grew up in Indiana just 2 hours from Chicago. Because of this, I became a Cubs, Bears, and Blackhawks fan. I also always loved visiting there whenever I could. But what a cesspool that place is when it comes to government officials.

Bitter Clinger on April 13, 2012 at 2:06 PM

This has been a hot topic of discussion locally for a few days now. What I want to hear, though, are the tapes that xGov Rod Blago claims will damn the whole bunchof’em.

stukinIL4now on April 13, 2012 at 2:07 PM

What happens if Obama is tied to this?

Tater Salad on April 13, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Blago’s brother better enter witness protection if so.

Bitter Clinger on April 13, 2012 at 2:07 PM

I’d really love to see the Jackson family go away. They are all race baiters IMO. The other day I was listening to Hannity and Jesse’s daughter, Tina(?), was on the show and refused to condemn the New Black Panthers putting a bounty out on Zimmerman. Disgusting. She also announced that she was now a Fox contributor. (I could only shake my head.)

KickandSwimMom on April 13, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Jesse Jackson Jr in trouble?

Probably since he spoke his first word…

Valkyriepundit on April 13, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Jr. looks so belligerent.

I’m so sick of seeing belligerent “African-Americans” in Congress. They hate everything about our country, yet take the time to slime the hallowed halls of the Congressional cesspool that they helped to create.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 13, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Disgusting. She also announced that she was now a Fox contributor. (I could only shake my head.)

KickandSwimMom on April 13, 2012 at 2:08 PM

I will turn the channel if I ever see her on FOX.

UltimateBob on April 13, 2012 at 2:12 PM

That picture of jr looks as if he was told they had video of his actons and he’s trying to think of how to say, ‘it wasn’t me you saw’?
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letget on April 13, 2012 at 2:12 PM

With his dads reputation for honesty,humbleness,and love for all of mankind how could anyone think this man would do anything to tarnish that good family name./

docflash on April 13, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Jr. looks so belligerent.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 13, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Belligerent is not the word I was thinking of.

The words that come to mind are not racial, but could still get me banned.

UltimateBob on April 13, 2012 at 2:14 PM

What happens if Obama is tied to this?

Tater Salad on April 13, 2012 at 2:04 PM

His poll numbers will go up…at least on the South Side…

PatriotRider on April 13, 2012 at 2:15 PM

What happens if Obama is tied to this?

Tater Salad on April 13, 2012 at 2:04 PM

One thing to be said about people like Obama is that they know how not to leave fingerprints.

Happy Nomad on April 13, 2012 at 2:15 PM

I will turn the channel if I ever see her on FOX.

UltimateBob on April 13, 2012 at 2:12 PM

I rarely even watch it, anymore. Half of the time, it’s nothing but a bunch of America hating Commies, that are far more suited for MSNBC.

When those pissants are on Fox News, mouthing their angry, America and white hating brand of Communism – in essence, you’re doing nothing but watching MSNBC.

I’m getting very sick of Fox News.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 13, 2012 at 2:16 PM

That picture of jr looks as if he was told they had video of his actons and he’s trying to think of how to say, ‘it wasn’t me you saw’?
L

letget on April 13, 2012 at 2:12 PM

“I know 3 people named Jesse Jackson, Jr. Couldn’t be me.”

Bitter Clinger on April 13, 2012 at 2:17 PM

One thing to be said about people like Obama is that they know how not to leave fingerprints.

Happy Nomad on April 13, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Or voting records…..”present”

PatriotRider on April 13, 2012 at 2:17 PM

This is just hearsay. Won’t amount to a hill of beans, unless it came from a friend of my uncle.

timberline on April 13, 2012 at 2:18 PM

He should’ve followed daddy’s footsteps and stayed in the family Race Baitin’ Shakedown Bidness. But then maybe that very association is why the Ethics Committee won’t do anything.

cartooner on April 13, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Another case of Whitey trying to keep a brutha down!

TugboatPhil on April 13, 2012 at 2:19 PM

After the events of this week, I know how Aragorn felt as looked out over the Orc hord outside Helms Deep, just as the sun began to rise…

“Look to my coming, at first light, on the fifth day. At dawn, look to the East.”

BobMbx on April 13, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Blago’s brother better enter witness protection if so.

Bitter Clinger on April 13, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Worst place to hide in. Witness Protection is managed by Holder and his ilk, the Justice Department.

timberline on April 13, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Would the Ethics Committee take any action even if Robert Blagojevich could deliver those goods? I’m skeptical.

I’m not so skeptical. Maxine Waters has a lot more seniority and clout, I believe, compared to JJJ who is still rather junior both in name and reputation. If — and I emphasize if — brother Blago really does deliver the goods, I would not be surprised to see JJJ take the fall.

jwolf on April 13, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Shepard Smith will be thrilled.

iurockhead on April 13, 2012 at 2:25 PM

What happens if Obama is tied to this?

Tater Salad on April 13, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Rezko and Blago are never heard from again…

Fallon on April 13, 2012 at 2:26 PM

I hear Jesse Jr. already has an excuse formulated in case things go badly.

rogerb on April 13, 2012 at 2:30 PM

This is a joke. I personally know 74 people named Jesse Jackson, Jr. who are Congressman from Illinois’ 2nd CD. Any one of then could have been angling for that Senate seat.

The racist Republicans are just doing this because JJJ marched in Selma to Montgomery march 4 days before he was born.

mankai on April 13, 2012 at 2:31 PM

What happens if Obama is tied to this?

Tater Salad on April 13, 2012 at 2:04 PM

There’s a surprisingly high suicide rate in Chicago. Sometimes they commit suicide by shooting themselves in the back three times and then jumping into the Chicago River.

slickwillie2001 on April 13, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Uh hoh please….this will go no where.

If you belong to the CBC you could rob a liquor store and the Ethics Committee won’t do a damn thing.
When was the last time a Democrat actually got in trouble over something….?

It all just goes away.

NeoKong on April 13, 2012 at 2:35 PM

The Chicago thugs, including Obama, are not going like this at all. Jesse Jr better hope his daddy can get the Black Panthers to do their thing and just shut this honkie racist up.

volsense on April 13, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Hell, 173 Jesse Jackson, Jr’s., voted for Obamuh, in the last election.

It’s going to be impossible to sort them out.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 13, 2012 at 2:35 PM

The Chicago thugs, including Obama, are not going like this at all. Jesse Jr better hope his daddy can get the Black Panthers to do their thing and just shut this honkie racist up.

volsense on April 13, 2012 at 2:35 PM

I can easily see a Wanted: Dead or Alive bounty on Robert before long.

a capella on April 13, 2012 at 2:40 PM

You know the old saying about Illinois politicians, they always serve three terms. Two in office and one in prison.

MJZZZ on April 13, 2012 at 2:41 PM

When was the last time a Democrat actually got in trouble over something….?

It all just goes away.

NeoKong on April 13, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Charlie Rangel would beg to differ. Granted, he should have been thrown out of Congress instead of just reprimanded but they actually did something.

Happy Nomad on April 13, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Disgusting. She also announced that she was now a Fox contributor. (I could only shake my head.)

KickandSwimMom on April 13, 2012 at 2:08 PM

I’m still disgusted with Fox for having the racist Sharpton on as a regular contributor for years. He should not be seen in respectable company.

juliesa on April 13, 2012 at 2:46 PM

What happened to the Members Of The Black Caucus Are Immune From Ethical Violations rule?

pat on April 13, 2012 at 2:47 PM

The House Ethics Committee is where allegations against congressmen go to die. It’s split 3-3 between the parties no matter who has the Majority, so the default position is a deadlock. You let one of ours off for tax fraud, we let one of yours off for bribery, now let’s order lunch.

People notice the slow pace of investigations. That is by design. A lot can happen in three years – the guy might retire or lose reelection, in which case all is forgotten because they only have jurisdiction over sitting congressmen.

Also, the charges need to ferment a while, like kim che or elderberry wine, to see if the public forgets about them, in which case the HEC can, too. Only those things which don’t go away on their own must be addressed.

Baby Daddy Jr. should be happy his case languishes in Ethics. Real judges and prosecutors aren’t quite as accommodating.

Adjoran on April 13, 2012 at 2:52 PM

What happens if Obama is tied to this?

Tater Salad on April 13, 2012 at 2:04 PM

JJ Jr paid off the Mooch, when he kissed her wide load in Spain.
JJ Jr will be found –not guilty

burrata on April 13, 2012 at 2:53 PM

The words that come to mind are not racial, but could still get me banned.

UltimateBob on April 13, 2012 at 2:14 PM

mouthbreather?

askwhatif on April 13, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Jesse Jr. is golden. Nothing will ever happen to him. At worst, he’ll end up with another Budweiser distributorship in Chicago (probably on the south side as his brother has the one for the north side).

Special Forces Grunt on April 13, 2012 at 3:01 PM

It took only a mere one year to investigate and indict Congressman William J. Jefferson (D-LA) for sixteen felony counts related to bribery and corruption in 2007. He was convicted on eleven counts in 2009 and he appealed. Congressman Money Freezer was sentenced to 13-years in prison — and he got his Congressional pension.

Just a few weeks ago, on March 26, 2012, the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed Jefferson’s conviction and sentence on ten of the eleven counts on which he was convicted. He still receives his Congressional pension.

The wheels of justice — for American politicians — turns especially slowly and certainly not justly.

He wasn’t even the son of the good Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr. — so there’s that — but he eventually got what he had coming to him. Aside from the Congressional pension that is.

FlatFoot on April 13, 2012 at 3:02 PM

With a national election approaching, it would be remarkable to see the kind of ethics trial we saw with Charlie Rangel in 2010.

So WHO is paying WHO off, and WHY?

GarandFan on April 13, 2012 at 3:06 PM

(Illegitimate – Secret)Baby Daddy Jr. should be happy his case languishes in Ethics. Real judges and prosecutors aren’t quite as accommodating.

Adjoran on April 13, 2012 at 2:52 PM

FTFY. One wonders how many Kids both Senior and Junior have fathered. I guess the women they’ve been seeing couldn’t afford birth control.

oldroy on April 13, 2012 at 3:40 PM

With a national election approaching, it would be remarkable to see the kind of ethics trial we saw with Charlie Rangel in 2010.

Yep, and just as hard to get rid of the vermin, too. (With all due respect to ratus rati everywhere)

Regarding his feelings on Rangel’s congressional seat being regarded as a black Harlem seat: “It doesn’t matter what you call it. Irrespective of the designation that one gives it, this area will be represented by Charles B. Rangel in the future.”

from “Charlie Rangel: Health Woes Won’t Sideline Me”

BY Celeste Katz, NY Daily News 4/10/12

Now I’ve witnessed it all. We can now rely on the fact that as the Demonrats stack the voting booths with dead people, they are now going to have Cholly around to run things in Harlem from now on.

Hey Cholly, stand up, Cholly.
*lies in state*

OkieDoc on April 13, 2012 at 4:09 PM

This has been a hot topic of discussion locally for a few days now. What I want to hear, though, are the tapes that xGov Rod Blago claims will damn the whole bunchof’em.

stukinIL4now on April 13, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Oh, they’re in the same bunker way below ground as Obama’s school records, voting record in the Illinois Senate, the birth…ooops sorry. (I’m really not a birther; I am just pretty sure something ain’t right there)

Portia46 on April 13, 2012 at 4:43 PM

What happens if Obama is tied to this?

Tater Salad on April 13, 2012 at 2:04 PM

…it’ll be Bush’s fault…or the Parrot Press won’t report it.

KOOLAID2 on April 13, 2012 at 4:48 PM

“I know 3 people named Jesse Jackson, Jr. Couldn’t be me.”

Bitter Clinger on April 13, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Haha!

Not only did Jay Carney really step in it, but he created a meme that’s going to live on around here for years. I love it.

gravityman on April 13, 2012 at 5:08 PM

What happens if Obama is tied to this?

Tater Salad on April 13, 2012 at 2:04 PM

I know at least 3 people named Barak Obama and……..

congma on April 13, 2012 at 5:28 PM

KungFu McStaples is going to have to play the race card yet again. But the race-victim/Dem-mob State of Illinois will rally to his defense with all hands on deck.

Jaibones on April 13, 2012 at 5:35 PM

I love it.

gravityman on April 13, 2012 at 5:08 PM

I know three guys named Jay Carney … I honestly don’t even know which one you are claiming said this. There’s no way to verify the quote.

Jaibones on April 13, 2012 at 5:36 PM

his brother has the one for the north side

Special Forces Grunt on April 13, 2012 at 3:01 PM

No, they were too corrupt and ignorant to run a beer distributorship and they sold it. Who could have seen that coming?

Jaibones on April 13, 2012 at 5:38 PM

FTFY. One wonders how many Kids both Senior and Junior have fathered. I guess the women they’ve been seeing couldn’t afford birth control.

oldroy on April 13, 2012 at 3:40 PM

I wouldn’t care to guess. The illegitimacy rate for blacks in general is horrifying – you can thank the welfare state for that – and with an influential black politician it could easily be worse.

They have the power to shuffle off their partners to secret abortions and hush up anyone who threatens to blab. And if they leave someone’s daughter with a broken heart and a baby…well, you just can’t meet someone like that at their front door with a preacher and a shotgun.

MelonCollie on April 13, 2012 at 6:11 PM

No, they were too corrupt and ignorant to run a beer distributorship and they sold it. Who could have seen that coming?

Jaibones on April 13, 2012 at 5:38 PM

LOL, I could. Bet they kept sampling their own products to the point where daddy made them sell the place. Loose lips sink more than ships…

MelonCollie on April 13, 2012 at 6:12 PM

I know at least 3 people named Barak Obama and……..

congma on April 13, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Well, considering his father’s multiple ‘marriages’ and general depravity…

slickwillie2001 on April 13, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Looks like more people are going to get paid off either to shut up or spill their guts. Either way this could get interesting seeing who comes out on top. Forget the truth because it won’t matter with the double standard some can legally get away with the crimes depending who’s who but lets see what happens when all the dust settles.

mixplix on April 13, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Jaibones on April 13, 2012 at 5:38 PM

I still recall one of the Jackson sons was in the MBA program at Northwestern and was busted for drugs in the 90′s. Somehow that whole matter was dropped.

It’s good to be connected.

Special Forces Grunt on April 13, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Still trying to figure out why Blago is in prison, for just wanting a taste of what Mooch had…a machine provided make work job.

MNHawk on April 14, 2012 at 8:18 AM