Barack Obama,  Rod Blagojevich,  Valerie Jarrett

The Blagojevich Private Conference Call, Valerie Jarrett and The Obama Transition Team


Barack Obama and Valerie Jarrett

Fox News is reporting this story as breaking news but the Wall Street Journal had this piece last night: Blagojevich’s Big Conference Call and Valerie Jarrett’s Clean Break

Among the hundreds of hours of conversations involving Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich secretly recorded by the FBI since Oct. 22, one phone call is drawing particular scrutiny among politicos, journalists and others in Washington. It was a marathon conference call on Monday, Nov. 10.

The call lasted about two hours. On the phone were Mr. Blagojevich, his wife, his general counsel, an unnamed adviser, and John Harris, the governor’s chief of staff and his co-defendant in this week’s case.

But what’s drawing the most interest is who was on the line from Washington, and the sequence of political events that followed that same night and in the ensuing days regarding Barack Obama’s close friend and adviser, Valerie Jarrett.

According to the FBI, there were “various Washington, D.C., based advisers” on the call with Mr. Blagojevich & Co., although the Washington callers are not named. The FBI also said participants popped on and off the line throughout the conversation.

Ok, so who from the Obama Transition Team was on THAT call? Did they report to Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s Chief of Staff?

In other words, who in the Obama operation knew what was transpiring with “pay to play” and warned off Obama’s friend, Valerie Jarrett?

Obama needs to come clean about this and NOW.

Who will “The One” throw under the bus?

Stay tuned…….

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  • Dan Mosqueda

    While none of should revel in the Illinois governor’s fall, we have to sit back and wonder if the concerns about Obama and “the company he keeps,” as O’Reilly put it, were even more important than we originally thought. The fact that David Axelrod, a known Daley operative, was the brains behind Obama’s campaign leads one to think we could see Chicago-style politics infect the White House itself. I guess that’s already happening.

  • Vinny

    The Obama campaign had shunned Blagojevich for months. I suspect that they decided long ago that making any deal with Blagojevich on any subject was too risky. I think that everyone on the transition team was probably instructed to tell anyone who reached out from Blagojevich which candidates Obama liked, but that the governor should use his best judgment in filling the seat. I think that is why Obama is so confident that no one on his team was involved in any deal making even though he can’t say for sure who might have had contacts.