Sunday, June 27, 2010

Remember when the White House denied discussing Obama's senate seat with Gov. Blagojevich?

The corruption trial against former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) has been chugging along, with the highlight this week being testimony from Blago's former chief of staff about Rahm Emanuel and President Obama's Senate seat.

Blagojevich's former COS, John Harris, testified that Emanuel sent him a list of people Obama would find acceptable to replace him in the Senate, according to news accounts from the Chicago Tribune and Sun. Blago reportedly called the list "B.S."

Blago, as governor, had the power to appoint a replacement. Some of the most explosive charges against him are that he tried to sell Obama's seat for a lucrative job or other rewards.

Blago's office was expecting Obama to ask him to appoint his aide, Valerie Jarrett, according to the Tribune. But on Nov. 12, Harris heard from Emanuel, who said Jarrett was taking a job at the White House instead. Emanuel gave him a list of four names that the president had would find acceptable: U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., Illinois Comptroller Dan Hynes and Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq War vet who now serves in the VA.

I guess they lied.

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