Okay, without getting too much into the background (the point of Assigned Reading is that you read it yourself, folks!), what you need to know is that yesterday, counsel for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich filed a motion asking to issue a trial subpoena to President Barack Obama in order to determine what he knew about what became of his former seat in the U.S. Senate.
The subpoena request was apparently improperly formatted, and the redacted parts were available for everyone to see. Thanks to people doing their job as journalists (at least it seems that way), we can now see what it was which was redacted.
Of course, while this president going back on his word is about as surprising as Ricky Martin’s recent announcement that he was batting for the other team, seeing these things in print is just fun. So, here’s a tease — for the rest, you’ll have to visit the linked NBC Chicago site.
1. Obama may have lied about conversations with convicted fraudster Tony Rezko
In a recent in camera proceeding, the government tendered a three paragraph letter indicating that Rezko “has stated in interviews with the government that he engaged in election law violations by personally contributing a large sum of cash to the campaign of a public official who is not Rod Blagojevich … The defense has a good faith belief that this public official is Barack Obama.
6. Obama had a secret phone call with Blagojevich
President-elect Obama also spoke to Governor Blagojevich on December 1, 2008 in Philadelphia. On Harris Cell Phone Call # 139, John Harris and Governor’s legal counsel discuss a conversation Blagojevich had with President-elect Obama. The government claims a conspiracy existed from October 22, 2008 continuing through December 9, 2008.6 That conversation is relevant to the defense of the government’s theory of an ongoing conspiracy. Only Rod Blagojevich and President Obama can testify to the contents of that conversation. The defense is allowed to present evidence that corroborates the defendant’s testimony.
That last part, of course, directly contradicts statements made by the president that he never contacted Rod Blagojevich with regard to the Senate seat. So, it’s another overt lie by this president and this administration — but, at this point, who’s counting anymore?