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Rezko Trial: Obama May Be Witness (For Rezko!)

ABC News: Obama: Witness for the Defense?
Chicago Lawyers Say Sen. Barack Obama Could Be Called to Testify in the Rezko Trial

By BRIAN ROSS and AVNI PATEL
March 3, 2008—

Sen. Barack Obama could be called as a witness for his longtime friend and accused Illinois fixer Tony Rezko, according to Chicago lawyers following the case.

“I think it’s realistic that that could happen during the trial,” said Zach Fardon, a former Chicago federal prosecutor who was part of the team that convicted former Illinois Gov. George Ryan on corruption charges.

Jury selection for Rezko, accused of bribing public officials and taking kickbacks, began this morning in a Chicago federal courtroom.

Although contributions Rezko steered to Obama’s 2004 Senate campaign are cited in pretrial motions, he is unlikely to be called by prosecutors to testify about them.

From the Times UK today, “Court case makes life difficult for Barack Obama“:

Buried on page 59 of the indictment is a reference to one of many alleged kickbacks on a state contract that appears to have ended up as a $10,000 donation to an unnamed “political candidate”.

The kickback was allegedly arranged by Antoin “Tony” Rezko, a Syrian immigrant who became a powerful political fixer in Chicago. The “political candidate” who benefited from the $10,000 has been identified as Barack Obama, the Democratic contender calling for “change we can believe in” in the presidential race, who is said to be a longtime friend of Mr Rezko. …

Read all of the Times’s story.

There is a LIST of questions — all sourced — that the Obama campaign must answer about his relationship with Tony Rezko, indicted by U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald. (Jury selection begins today; opening statements are expected tomorrow or Wednesday).

To: Interested Parties

From: Clinton Campaign

Date: Monday, March 03, 2008

Regarding: Questions Sen. Obama Should Answer About Tony Rezko

The trial of indicted influence peddler Tony Rezko – longtime friend and political patron of Sen. Barack Obama — starts today . Sen. Obama’s name has already surfaced in pre-trial documents submitted by the prosecution and, according to media reports, is likely to surface again as the trial progresses. Democrats deserve the answers to these questions as they consider their votes:

1. Will Sen. Obama release all documents related to his relationship with Tony Rezko, including all documents related to his controversial land transaction?

Howard Wolfson asked top Obama strategist David Axelrod this question on ABC’s This Week and the campaign has yet to respond. [ABC's This Week, 3/2/08]

2. When, specifically, did Sen. Obama become aware of Mr. Rezko’s legal problems?

On national television this January, Sen. Obama said “no one had an inkling” of Rezko’s legal troubles during the course of their relationship. Actually, it was already widely reported that Mr. Rezko was under investigation for participating in a kickback scheme prior to their controversial land transaction. [CBS, 1/23/08; Chicago Sun-Times, 9/16/05]

3. Sen. Obama has returned money from several individuals who are publicly associated with Mr. Rezko. How much money did Mr. Rezko bundle for Sen. Obama’s campaigns in total, including people who are not business associates of Mr. Rezko? How many fundraisers did Mr. Rezko hold for Sen. Obama? Has there been an internal investigation to determine how many straw donors Mr. Rezko used to funnel money to Sen. Obama?

The Obama campaign has returned money from people who are publicly associate with Mr. Rezko. But they have not revealed who much Mr. Rezko bundled for Sen. Obama in total. The Chicago Sun Times reported that the Obama campaign “declined to say” whether they maintained a list of the money that Mr. Rezko raised for Mr. Obama over the course of his career. [Chicago Sun Times, 1/23/08]

4. Much of the upcoming trial involves Mr. Rezko’s efforts to control state boards as a means to defraud the state government. Have Sen. Obama and Mr. Rezko ever communicated about potential appointments to Illinois boards and commissions? It’s been publicly reported that Sen. Obama lobbied these same state boards to secure contracts for campaign donors. Did Sen. Obama ever confer with Mr. Rezko concerning how to successfully lobby state boards?

The indictment alleges that Mr. Rezko manipulated state government boards to defraud the people of Illinois. At the same time, “Mr. Obama met with three state pension boards,” urging them to give contracts to specific firms. Later, employees of these companies “donated more than $300,000 to help Mr. Obama win his seat in the United States Senate in 2004 and set fund-raising records early in the 2008 presidential race.” [New York Times, 10/01/07]

5. The New York Times reported that Sen. Obama attended a business meeting on behalf of Mr. Rezko to impress potential investors for his business schemes. How many events did Sen. Obama attend on behalf of Mr. Rezko to impress investors? What was his role? Why did Sen. Obama agree to attend?

The New York Times reported in June that “Former Rezko associates said that Governor Blagojevich attended one of the dinners, and that at Mr. Rezko’s request, Mr. Obama dropped in at one for Middle Eastern bankers in early 2004, just as he was starting to pull ahead in the Senate primary. The visits, Mr. Rezko’s partners said, helped impress foreign guests.” [New York Times, 6/14/07]

6. How many times did Senator Obama visit Tony Rezko’s house? What was the purpose of these visits?

The Times of London reports that “The court is also expected to hear from John Thomas, an FBI mole, who reportedly witnessed Mr Obama and Mr Blagojevich making frequent visits to Mr Rezko.” [The Times, 3/3/08]

7. Did Sen. Obama intercede on behalf of Mr. Rezko in any governmental capacity?

The Chicago Sun Times reported that “As a state senator, Barack Obama wrote letters to city and state officials supporting his political patron Tony Rezko’s successful bid to get more than $14 million from taxpayers to build apartments for senior citizens.” They have not said whether there were any other actions that Obama took for the benefit of Rezko. [Chicago Sun Times, 6/13/07]

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  • fribbles

    Jeralyn over at Talk Left doesn’t think it’ll happen.

    But that doesn’t matter. The thing the average person who doesn’t follow politics closely will take away from hearing Obama’s name coupled with Rezko’s is that he’s a crook from Chicago. Even if he was innocent. Even if he was pleading with Rezko to turn himself in. Even if all he and Rezko were doing was collaborating on a plan to help homeless kittens find good homes with God-fearing pet lovers.

    Rezko=Obama.

  • grlpatriot

    Regarding question #1 – “controversial land transaction”. I think this LT article is very troubling for Obama.

    “A British-Iraqi billionaire [Auchi] lent millions of dollars to Barack Obama’s fundraiser [Rezko] just weeks before an imprudent land deal that has returned to haunt [Obama] the presidential contender, an investigation by The [London] Times discloses.

    The Times goes on to report that:

    Mrs Rezko’s purchase and sale of the land to Mr Obama raises many unanswered questions.

    It is unclear how Mrs Rezko could have afforded the downpayment of $125,000 and a $500,000 mortgage for the original $625,000 purchase of the garden plot at 5050 South Greenwood Ave.

    In a sworn statement a year later, Mrs Rezko said she got by on a salary of $37,000 and had $35,000 assets. Mr Rezko told a court he had “no income, negative cash flow, no liquid assets, no unencumbered assets [and] is significantly in arrears on many of his obligations.

    Show me the money!

    • Simon

      Show me the money!

      The implication being Auchi paid for Obama’s house, which is revolting, given Auchi’s conviction for bribery, and his other…activities.

      • grlpatriot

        I should have said “Mrs. Rezko, show me where you got the money”. Yes, the implication is very troubling. Auchi has also been implicated in the Iraq oil-for-food scandal.

  • Gregoryp

    No one has mentioned this but I think that if Obama testifies it could be very bad for both him and the democratic party. The first thing is that Obama looks about as dirty as one can get. I hope he only appears dirty but really isn’t; however, if he takes the stand then he is at a very high risk to either perjur himself, inadvertently admit to committing a crime or take the 5th. His options appear very limited at this point. Since Rezko was under scrutiny for some time they may know exactly what Obama’s involvement in Rezko’s nefarious conduct and are looking for an opportunity to expose everything and expand the criminal prosecution. Don’t think for a minute that Bush and his cronies wouldn’t love to get some payback for Scooter Libby. Hopefully for the democratic party brand and for Obama’s sake he was just a stupid dupe and is completely innocent of any wrong doing. He still shouldn’t be president, but at least he won’t be in jail. Right now, I think he has a better chance of being in jail next year than he does of being president. Of course, this is America and anything can happen.

    • Andy

      There is a piece at TalkLeft by Jeralyn kind of trasjing the ABC piece and where she claims Obama will never take the stand or even be a realistic request…

      I would like Susan or someone here to debunk that piece if possible….

      • Andy

        The TalkLeft piece that is…

    • TeakWoodKite

      if he takes the stand then he is at a very high risk to either perjur himself, inadvertently admit to committing a crime or take the 5th.

      Considering the Judge is a Bush appointee, it would be interesting to see how he’d quash a subpoena. If he testifies, at a minimum he would have to be to the letter, as it pertains his depositions. Fitzgerald is the only one to make Rove do the “frog dance” 5 times down to the court house…
      (Sorry,no “March” yet Amb. Wilson)

      On the other hand the lawyer might be floating a “trial ballon” in advance of the trial much like they did with Scooter ‘Aspen’ Libby and Cheney.
      Hell of a Pelican Brief.

  • demfromphilly

    Doesn’t this story cut right the question of judgement? Obama would have all believe that he hadn’t the slightest idea that Rezko was at the very least ethically challenged. And I’m to trust him to look into the eyes of Putin and know what to do! Not a chance!

    • Simon

      Doesn’t this story cut right the question of judgement? Obama would have all believe that he hadn’t the slightest idea that Rezko was at the very least ethically challenged

      Any sane person with judgement skills at this point knows Obama is a scam, was meant as a scam.

      This again, builds, layers a perfect strategy for the GOP to use against Obama in the GE, and they’d be right, because it is true.

      That is if Obama makes it that far, and knowing the GOP, he will, simply so he can be demolished in November.

      BUT, if the democratic leaders can recognize the liability Obama represents, they may still be able to salvage the election, if they get behind Clinton.

      But we’ll see, again, just understanding what rezko and auchi represent is half the battle in removing the cancer. It is my impression a man like Auchi, and his stable, are removed from the political scene, and a small dent in terrorism is made, to the benefit of civilians, everywhere.

      Do you see that, if the Auchis and Rezkos and Obamas go to jail, those rings broken up, terrorism begins to be addressed, for real(money, and weapons), no Constitutional take down, necessary.

      At all.

  • grannyhelen

    My initial reaction to this: O good lord!

    I read when this stuff was first coming out that the trial process was going to take around – I think – 8-10 mos. This puts us right in the middle of the general election.

    At this point I care less about who gets the nomination. I just want us to win in the GE. And I don’t think I’m alone – I think many Dems are just sick of losing and want to vote for someone who they think has a chance to win.

    However, stuff like this puts a tailspin on the chance of doing exactly that.

    Obama has mishandled this whole thing from the get-go. It’s been trickle, trickle, trickle, contradiction, contradiction, contradiction. Don’t do that: if there’s no “there” there, don’t make it seem like there is.

    Sigh.

    This is the stuff that just gets me down about the prospects of Obama as our candidate.

    • TeakWoodKite

      My Apologies grannyhelen, But like you said It’s been trickle, trickle, trickle. like an IV of sorts.

      • grannyhelen

        IV…life support..bad metaphors to have going into a general election…

        • grlpatriot

          LOL. Indeed, those are bad metaphors.

  • TeakWoodKite

    If Senator Obama is called to the stand as a defense witness it will be taken that he is defending a crook. Yes “innocent until proven guilty”, I agree, But the MSM has never seen it this way. What Stikes me is what would the Prosecution do on cross? I am sure that he would be questioned on many things…hostile witness your honor?

    What state has Obama passed the Bar in?

    • http://noquarterusa.net/ SusanUnPC

      Illinois for sure. But he didn’t practice law much. He was on the phone too much schmoozing.

    • Gregoryp

      I never look at it like that. It is his civic duty to truthfully testify in court as it is for all Americans. This whole deal seems like a perjury trap to me. I don’t see how Obama’s testimony could possibly help Rezko unless they have a concerted fabricated story to explain their actions. Theoretically, Obama wouldn’t be in any position to defend Rezko’s actions because if he knew that Rezko was circumventing election laws he’d be complicit. Right now, Obama’s best defense is ignorance.

      • Simon

        Right now, Obama’s best defense is ignorance.

        Apparently, it is also his election platform.

  • Kathleen
  • Kathleen

    Susan you may be glad to hear that I have made my decision…will vote for HIllary (you have been witness to some of my process) based on I would very much like to witness the debate continue. I want Obama and Clinton to explain their stances even more. I want to hear something new. Like taking on Edwards (they have both taken on many of Edwards talking points) NO LOBBYIST IN HIS ADMINISTRATION. NO INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS EVER LOBBIED FOR A FOREIGN NATION. Have we heard MCCain, Clinton or Obama say this as Edwards said on many occassions.

    We have not heard any of them address the Israeli Palestinian conflict. And of course, Russert, Matthews, Olberman and Fox will not ask the candidates about this critical issue.

    Not much discussion of Iran either.

    I want to hear more

    Did anyone notice that on “This Week” (Stephanapoulous Sunday program) Obama’s campaign Manager Axelrod brought up Obama’s tough stance on Condi Rice’s nomination. Pure hogwash. I watched those hearings Obama played softball with Condi Rice and then voted for her nomination. Axelrod actually used this as an example of Obama standing up to the Bush administration. I don’t think so.

    Will look up how Hillary voted on condi Rice..if I were working for the Clinton Campaign I would pick these statements by Axelrod

    Clinton voted “yea” so did Obama. Obama did not play hardball with Condi “mushroom cloud” Rice during those hearings. Kerry, Biden, Dodd and Kennedy did

    • Simon

      Susan you may be glad to hear that I have made my decision…will vote for HIllary (you have been witness to some of my process) based on I would very much like to witness the debate continue.

      A well reasoned choice, Kathleen.

      Keep writing, I enjoy reading your work.

      • alexei

        I also enjoy your writing Kathleen!

    • http://noquarterusa.net/ SusanUnPC

      Thank you, Kathleen. I had great faith that you, with your rational mind and your openness (what a characteristic), would arrive at that decision. I wish everyone studied the issues and read as much as you do.

      (Still MISS John Edwards in the campaign. Still wish he had not dropped out. He lent so much to the discussion. And I never had a moment’s worry that he could sit in the Oval Office. Obama worries me to death.)

    • apishapa

      I thought Wolfson did a good job of trying to smack Axelrod for never answering a question. He pointed out every time that Obama’s campaign was dodging any kind of accountability and that the media was letting him get by with it.

      Of course Stephie never follows up on anything. But Wolfson tried to get this stuff out.

  • Andy

    MUST WATCH: this is an awesome video of Bill describing all of Hillary’s life-work.

    Does anyone knows whether this is new/old or whether thisis it playing anywhere? It’s over 4min. long.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNTXQwUlOBU&NR=1

    • Andy

      PS : Sorry it was so off topic…

    • anniethena

      It’s relatively old – I saw it posted in a diary on My Left Wing last year and I was the only poster who recommended it.

      It’s too bad it’s too long to run as a TV ad – it really shows the experience she has and her dedication.

      I am so glad to find some blogs fighting back against the Obamamania.

    • Frostback

      I love Bill. I don’t want to…but I do. :)

      (I watched his speech in Toronto on Saturday night. He’s so….natural.)

      • Andy

        Yeah Frostback, I know how you feel… Too bad is so long; even if old is prettry effective, I think.

  • foxx

    Auchi is the real issue here. I sure hope there is someone out there gathering the evidence about where is money to REzko went and where else his money goes.

    • grannyhelen

      That’s true. Auchi seems to give Rezko magic money just at the points when he needs it.

    • Simon

      http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=25282

      This author says “Rezko is thought, by some, to be a money handler for unsavory agents in Damsacus.”

      The link is from rezkowatch.blogspot.com.

      • TeakWoodKite

        This is the same guy they “busted out” of a cell in the Green Zone.
        I really would to know how he ended up in chicago..never mind getting on a flight out of Bagdad.

        Armed men broke him out of jail in the Green Zone. He escaped without his U.S. passport to Amman, Jordan, where he hid in the U.S. Embassy, and then to Turkey, where he called us up and bragged he had pizza and a cold beer in his hotel room.

        Turkey…go figure.

        • Simon

          This is the same guy they “busted out” of a cell in the Green Zone.

          And Auchi has a long history of bribing government officials, how can anyone think Obama is anything BUT another horse in his political stable?

          Auchi: Baathist, Saddam’s bag man, convicted felon, arms dealer and who knows what else, just an all around great guy, right?

          And they want to put Obama in the American presidency?

          WTF is wrong with the democratic leaders?

          A lot of the Baathists went to Syria after Iraq fell, they operate from there now, I wonder if Tony has connections to them, being Sryian and Auchi’s political pimp in America?

          Wasn’t Syria involved in this latest Israeli dust up?

          • TeakWoodKite

            Simon,
            Somehow, Auchi, Rezko and the fugitive Mr. Alsammarae are part of the bigger Siebel Edmonds deal, From what I have read that is where the wind is sending me.
            What keeps knocking at my door is why is this fugitive, Mr. Alsammarae, in the first attempt to escape reportedly had a Chinese passport and on the second attempt he wisked out of Baghdad on a private jet via Jordan,hides out at US Embassy is given papers to enter Turkey and is now roaming free in the Windy City. He knows both Rezko and Auchi. We have an extradition treaty with France and when Auchi flys in to Chicago in 2004, he’s not extradited to France ASAP. Instead he meets Rezko and Obama at a hotel to get together.
            Simon from the link you posted.

            Mr.Alsammarae was photographed with the president in the Oval Office on September 22, 2003

            .

            Two months later it was reported in Chicago that as early as 2004, while Mr. Alsammarae was a minister with authority to approve contracts, he had joined with Mr. Rezko and the London-based General Mediterranean Holdings, headed by the billionaire British investor Nadhmi Auchi, in a contract to construct a 250-megawatt plant in the Kurdistani city of Chamchamal

            Mr. Alsammarae’s daughter appealed directly to the office of U.S. Senator Barack Obama.

            What is most striking about this Pentagon report is that it is from the year 2004, when Mr. Auchi traveled by private aircraft to Midway Airport in Chicago and then to a fete at the Four Season Hotel, where he met with his business partner in Chicago real estate, Mr. Rezko, as well as with Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Also present that night, according to a fresh report by James Bone and Dominic Kennedy of the London Times, was State Senator Barack Obama, who had recently won the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate seat that next fall. Bone and Kennedy report that Mr. Auchi and Mr. Obama shook hands. Mr. Obama’s aide does not now recall the handshake but does agree that Mr. Obama was present in the hotel that evening.

            http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=25282

  • Andy

    Has anyone watch the 2 minute TV Ad Obama is ruing tonight in Texas and Ohio with a “Closing Argument” to voters? It is called “Leader” .
    I got the link from TalkLeft but here it is
    http://tpmelectioncentral.talkingpointsmemo.com/2008/03/obamas_closing_ad_i_will_take.php

    Does Hillary have a counter-punch to this? Anyone?

    • Frostback

      I read at Taylor Marsh that Hillary has some heavy ad time coming….

      “The pro-Clinton 527, American Leadership Project, written off as dead last week, now plans to air about $500,000 worth of advertising in Texas.

      The group is “buying ads in Texas today, “emails spokesman Roger Salazar, who said that the “lion’s share of the funding is from AFSCME,” the government workers union that supports Hillary.”

      Back OT…

      FINALLY this Rezko story is getting some play…nevermind O testifying, the mere idea that he had a 17-ish year relationship with R will dull down his shine. And, sorry to say it, but once voters get a boo at Rezko’s thuggish mug, they’ll wonder why in hell O would go near him. He just reeks of ‘crooked’.

      • Andy

        Question is whether any of this will matter before
        Hillary is pushed out and he becomes the nominee.
        That would be…whether it will matter *today*…?
        What ‘s your impression?

        • Frostback

          I’d say the Clinton camp better giddy-up. If they manage to get (good) ads out today with their surrogates hustling ass, that, combined with (hopefully) continued national press on Rezko and NAFTA should do it. It may be an eleventh hour scene which, on the plus side, would mean all is fresh in voters’ minds.

          Again, it may all be moot, ‘cuz I think the Republican “cross-over for a day” is going to seriously skew the votes anyway. What a stupid decision THAT was.

          • Andy

            Hard to understand why would Reps. were allowed to vote in Dems. primaries… I agree with Independents voting in either primary but not affiliated party members…It makes no sense to me.

            About the cross-overs you are right about all the spoilers that just want to kick Clinton as hard as they can. On the other hand
            I naively think that maybe, maybe, the more serious indep&rep. voters might think twice about
            National Security before checking Obama’s box.
            The 3am Ad seems to me might be useful to make these voters think twice…. (?).

          • Simon

            And what happens if Obama does win the primaries, but it comes out he is unelectable, due to revelations from the Rezko trial?

            Would they replace him with Hillary, what is the protocol?

            • Andy

              Excellent question: what happens then?

              Hey, I don’t even know what I will do if he ends up the nominee….

              • Simon

                Hey, I don’t even know what I will do if he ends up the nominee….

                Keep investigating,so to speak, until he ends up in jail.

                It’s terrorsim, it’s the health, the integrity of the US government, and it’s people.

                It’s Bush and Cheney, too.

                I think their relationships with the men like Auchi, or Auchi, certainly crippled their adminstration, their goals.

                I would look to the English, and French governments, for comparison.

            • joe

              The Rezko story would peak before the convention, so if it really damages BO, she could get the nom on the floor. I think that is a big reason she will stay in even if she loses Texas. She isn’t going anywhere because they know party leaders will have some serious buyers remorse.

              • TeakWoodKite

                And they thought Deans “Yeehhaaa” was over the top?

      • http://noquarterusa.net/ SusanUnPC

        We need to watch ABC World News and Nightline, on the off-chance they’ll let Brian Ross report all this. I watched Friday night, after Ross published his “cesspool” story on Rezko. Nothing.

        Brian Ross should do a fuzzy piece about Obama, and then he’d get on the air.

        • Andy

          TalkLeft has a very critical piece of ABC…I don’t get it…

          They will keep the lid until Wednesday at the very least.

          This is what I call sheer power at work….

          • Andy

            Just posted in the NAFTA thread about the CNN machine at work having Goolsbee all over trashing the memo as
            the canadians min-interpreting what he said…

            Clinton gets no oxigen at all.

            Still no-one has reported on the flag officers endorsements. NADA….

      • Simon

        And, sorry to say it, but once voters get a boo at Rezko’s thuggish mug, they’ll wonder why in hell O would go near him. He just reeks of ‘crooked’.

        And he looks like Axlerod, too, did you notice?

        • Frostback

          hmmmm, yes, yes he does. Rezko looks more mob-like, tho.

          I just saw a clip of Obama explaining himself away on Rezko or NAFTA or something…and man, he looked bagged, and a tad freaked. I felt sorry for him. I did.

      • ChrisXP

        —————————————————————————————————-
        The pro-Clinton 527, American Leadership Project, written off as dead last week, now plans to air about $500,000 worth of advertising in Texas.
        —————————————————————————————————-

        Wondered when they’d FINALLY get involved.

        Sorry, but pissed that it comes so close to the wire.

        Seems like they want to give the nomination to O-Bomba, not fight the fight to win.

        Got to go in and kick butt!!

  • Andy

    Susan, Larry and others;

    Could someone give me a sense of whether the Nafta-Gate and or Rezko are being played in the Media TODAY and whether you honestly think could have any impact?

    (I don’t have cable…and there is nothing significan on the internet sites of most of the MSM )

    I am asking for your assessment, seriously, thank you.

    • http://noquartersusa.net/blog/2008/03/02/live-from-new-york/#comments waldenpond

      No, not one mention. They are discussing Clinton though. Right now on MSNBC… they showed the SNL, Live from NY and per pundit review, she is showing anxiety, desperation and exhaustion. On Fox a report that she is being pushed on the Obama muslim rumors.

      • http://noquarterusa.net/ SusanUnPC

        CNN is covering that NAFTA AP memo. A little bit. If Hillary had done it, it would be their top story, practically non-stop.

        But the dopes keep playing yesterday’s video of Obama’s gross misstatements about Rockefeller, AUMF, etc. (In my story below.) The video just plays / they don’t point out his misstatements.

        • TeakWoodKite

          they don’t point out his misstatements.

          It matters to present correct facts, It makes me question what Karl said to Timmy at the moment. Not a shred of loyalty to their profession. I wonder what goes thru Wolfy’s mind. He knows it is not true and he can’t point that out?
          Both my parents wrote for a living. The only words that matter are the ones that “ring true”.

          • http://noquartersusa.net/blog/2008/03/03/what-does-universal-healthcare-mean%c2%a0a-canadian-physician%e2%80%99s-experience-of-the-current-healthcare-system-in-america/#comments waldenpond

            Here are a couple of the statements from CNN’s ticker….

            Both Obama’s campaign and the Canadian embassy immediately denied Goolsbee had ever made such a suggestion, and did not reveal Goolsbee had ever spoken with the Canadian government.

            But the Associated Press reported Monday it had obtained a memo from a Canadian diplomat essentially confirming CTV’s story and stating Goolsbee said Obama’s tough talk on NAFTA was “more about political positioning than a clear articulation of policy plans.”

            This looks like they are noting the inconsistencies to me.

        • Andy

          I emailed CNN.com and CNN TV about these. But I am not holding my breath….

    • Kathleen

      Heard it mentioned on C-span on Saturday. A bit of a piece on NPR’s All Things Considered.
      http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=87865558

    • joe

      Fox has been reporting the NAFTA and Rezko stories about twice an hour.

      There were somewhere between 10-15 stories in the major papers and news sites that reported on the Rezko trial.

  • TeakWoodKite

    Maybe not Vee. I am not sure what was in discovery from the Prosecuters office. But if there are and they are not part of discovery then Fitzgeralds office would use them for leads and develope other sources as Fitzgerald has been known to do. If there are tapes…and they just happen to leak….what then? (Sorry about the speculation.)

  • TeakWoodKite

    from times Online…

    The court is also expected to hear from John Thomas, an FBI mole, who reportedly witnessed Mr Obama and Mr Blagojevich making frequent visits to Mr Rezko.

    Wiretaps? I am sure they had warrents for this? mmmm If so I sure they won’t be deleted.

    • Simon

      Wiretaps? I am sure they had warrents for this? mmmm If so I sure they won’t be deleted.

      Considering Rezko’s Syrian connections, wouldn’t the FISA laws come into play, here?

      • TeakWoodKite

        Sneak and Peeks as well…

      • grannyhelen

        Considering his connection to Auchi it’s possible. It would surprise me if any multi-billionare with ties to Iraq wouldn’t be a “person of interest” to our govt at this time.

        • grannyhelen

          Clarifying – that person, of course, being Auchi. As Auchi is outside this country but had extensive bus dealings w Rezko it seems this is the very sort of thing FISA was set up to do.

          • Simon

            As Auchi is outside this country but had extensive bus dealings w Rezko it seems this is the very sort of thing FISA was set up to do.

            I agree.

            If it was utilized, it must be a nightmare for some, authorizing the use of wiretaps on themselves.

      • joe

        Thomas was wearing a wire, but according to news reports, he did not get Obama or Blago on tape. He taped Ald. Ed “Fast Eddy” Vrodolyack (sp?), a Republican alderman from Chicago. However, it has been reported that Thomas will testify that he logged “several” visits to Rezko by Blago and Obama and witnessed Rezko hand a Blago aid a handfull of cash.

        The big revelation will be how many visits Obama had with Rezko, in Rezko’s office. If it was “several”, that would contradict Obama’s previous statements and the press will have a field day with him. If this comes on the same day as the cash to the Blago aid, it could look REALLY bad for Obama. It’s guilt by association, but its juicy and there is no way the media does not report the hell out of it.

        • TeakWoodKite

          but according to news reports
          Suntimes?

    • vee

      I believe I read once that Thomas said that there were no recordings of Obama or Blagojevich. The Road Runner, Obama, is still one step ahead of Wile E. Coyote. Obama is really shameless about his dirty activities. The mainstream media doesn’t seem to mind though. Obama is so full of “goodness.”

      • Simon

        I believe I read once that Thomas said that there were no recordings of Obama or Blagojevich. The Road Runner, Obama, is still one step ahead of Wile E. Coyote.

        I was thinking more FBI, or CIA, and Thomas wouldn’t be privy to that information.

        Very few people would, most likely need to know…

  • vee

    My guess is that Obama testifying would be a get out of jail free card for Rezko. If there is an African-American jurist, I doubt that person would ever be willing to decide a case against Obama. Rezko might not be found “not guilty,” but a chronically hung jury would be just as good for him.

    • Simon

      My guess is that Obama testifying would be a get out of jail free card for Rezko. If there is an African-American jurist, I doubt that person would ever be willing to decide a case against Obama. Rezko might not be found “not guilty,” but a chronically hung jury would be just as good for him.

      But what Obama is suspected of doing is very serious.

      This does not go away.

  • DCDemocrat

    Change we can believe in. Indeed. Have you heard the one about the princess and the pea?

  • JoeySky18

    How long the media will try to sell us the bad apple?
    My guess is they are trying to stretch it for another 48-72 hours until the Mar-5 primary concluded. Let’s give Obama all the chance to perform in this key state primary.

    US MSM is the most corrupted party in this election. They don’t report the truth to the public.

  • Eurogirl70

    So please explain to me why there is no mention of NAFTA-gate, or the start of Tony Rezko’s trial on the Washington Post, NYT, CNN, et all? Instead we get another snarky Op-Ed piece from Maureen “DuD” with the title “Wake up call for Hillary”.

    • http://www.despair.com/changewinds.html Smilin’ Jim

      The fix is in

      • Simon

        The fix is in

        Look beyond the fix, jeez, those people.

      • Patrick Henry

        Like a President Obama will have a PARDON List..??

        “FIX” as in Organized Crime..?

        “FIX” as in “DOPING UP.” ?

        Its an OBAMA~NATION..

    • Simon

      Check out rezkowatch.blogspot.com, today, there is a wonderful interactive map delineating the many loves (and lives) of Obama Gillis.

      Great great stuff….

      • TeakWoodKite

        Hey now! Knock it off with the Scotish names OK? :)

        • Simon

          No, no, Dobey Gillis, the old TV show, with Dwayne Hickman “The Many Loves of Dobey Gillis?”

          “The Many Loves of Dobey “Obama” Gillis?”

          Obama as Dobey?

          Sorry.

          All that money, those guys like to spread the love…

          • TeakWoodKite

            Oh Frostback got me .LOL
            I thought it was more like Obama said to Rezko during one of many trips to see him…

            “Dobby will have to punish himself most grievously for coming to see you, sir. Dobby will have to shut his ears in the oven door for this.

            • Frostback

              I didn’t git ya, Teak…that is, if you meant my comment just below…I was talkin’ about Maureen Dowd (MoDo).

              • TeakWoodKite

                Duhoo! Twice in one day..Lol

    • Frostback

      Ugh. MoDo…so slow on the uptake.

    • grlpatriot

      CNN has been reporting on NAFTA-gate hourly since 8AM EST. Susan has more here on NoQuarter and on MyDD

  • http://noquarterusa.net/ SusanUnPC

    Peddle it elsewhere. You are now being moderated.