Blago: Obama's "Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is a co-conspirator"... ObaMedia Not interested
In an impassioned speech before the Illinois Senate Thursday, Democrat Governor Rod Blagojevich placed responsibility for one key impeachment charge just a door away from the Oval Office. Blagojevich said before the Senate vote that, if he's impeached, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel should be a "co-conspirator."
"If you're impeaching me," Blagojevich told lawmakers," ... let's demand that President Obama fire Rahm Emanuel, because Rahm Emanuel is the one who gave me this idea.".
Blagojevich insisted that the controversial program for which he was being impeached was the brainchild of Emanuel, who inherited Blagojevich's congressional seat before being named Obama's Chief of Staff.
"So we found a way, and I was the first governor to do it. The idea came to me, not from me, but from then-Congressman, Rahm Emanuel. ...
It's not the first time that Emanuel's name has been connected to allegations of wrongdoing by Blagojevich, who himself inherited both Emanuel's former congressional seat (Dan Rostenkowski) and the gubernatorial office (George Ryan) after his predecessors in both were thrown into jail on corruption charges.Don't expect to hear or see much of Blagojevich's potentially explosive assertions in the legacy media, though.
At Thursday afternoon's White House briefing, reporters took note of Blagojevich's live, nationally-televised speech by asking Press Secretary Robert Gibbs exactly zero--zip, nada, nothing--questions about the role the Chief of Staff, potentially the second most powerful person in the White House, may or may not have played in Blago's shenanigans.Of course, a thorough examination of Emanuel might also shed light on the political cesspool that also produced his new boss.... Oh, there was one question about controversy back in Obama's hometown.
Would, a reporter wanted to know, Obama throw out the first pitch of the season for the White Sox?
Wlliam Tate is an award-winning journalist and author.
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