Rod Blagojevich said he did and it sounds like everyone investigating the case bent over backwards not to find out if it is true.
An upcoming book about Rod Blagojevich says undercover recordings caught the former governor saying he had heard that convicted influence peddler Antoin “Tony” Rezko secretly channeled $25,000 in cash to Barack Obama, but federal authorities did not deem the claim credible.
The book, “Golden: How Rod Blagojevich Talked Himself Out of the Governor’s Office and Into Prison,” suggests Blagojevich was talking about an undisclosed payment to help Obama with his 2004 campaign for the U.S. Senate.
….Obama’s ties to Rezko were a nagging issue in the 2008 campaign. Rezko and Obama were friends, and Rezko raised as much as $250,000 for Obama for the first three political offices he sought. Obama also acknowledged a lapse in judgment over his involvement with Rezko in private real estate transactions related to the purchase of Obama’s home in the Kenwood neighborhood in 2005.
…The accusation of money paid indirectly to Obama is among many musings by Blagojevich that the FBI secretly recorded.
….According to the book, Blagojevich was repeating “a story that (he) had heard that he believed” when he spoke of the $25,000 in cash from Rezko. Talking to his then-chief of staff John Harris shortly after Obama’s election, Blagojevich said he had heard that Rezko had given the cash to Bruce Washington, who has held jobs with the state, Cook County and the city school district.
…Obama, according to previous reports, was interviewed by federal agents as part of their investigation into Blagojevich’s attempt to sell the president-elect’s Senate seat in exchange for a job. LaBolt said the investigators did not question Obama regarding Blagojevich’s claim about the $25,000.
In other words, a dirty governor who’s now in jail was heard claiming that Barack Obama received an illegal payment from Tony Rezko, who’s serving 100 years in the pokey, and the FBI, which is under Eric Holder’s jurisdiction, decided it wasn’t even worth seriously investigating. After all, if it was true, it could have brought down Barack Obama’s presidency. Better not to know, right?
Darrell Issa should open an investigation into this matter to see whether this claim was adequately investigated by the FBI and whether any political pressure was brought to bear to keep the FBI from looking into it. Nobody should be above the law, including Barack Obama.