It’s all just a coincidence that the prosecutor who tried and convicted former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich just happens to join the law firm of Obama’s former White House counsel. It wouldn’t be a stretch to claim Team Obama offered Fitzgerald this position in order to keep Obama from testifying in the Blago fiasco. They have a long, documented history of offering job bribes to get what they want.
From Advance Indiana:
It’s business as usual in Chicago. After protecting President Barack Obama from criminal liability for hiscorrupt relationship with convicted political fixer Tony Rezko, former Chicago U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has been rewarded with a partnership in the Chicago office of New York-based law firm giant Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. The firm counts among its partners, Greg Craig, Obama’s first White House Counsel, who had to help navigate Obama through Fitzgerald’s investigation of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s attempt to sell Obama’s Senate seat, from which he resigned shortly after being elected President but before he was sworn into office.
Greg Craig is one of many Obama bundlers who received plumb jobs inside Obama’s administration for raising $500,000 plus for Obama’s campaign. Fitzgerald’s boss in another Obama bundler, Attorney General Eric Holder.
Interestingly, Skadden Arps represented The Tribune Company, the parent company of the Chicago Tribune, in a transaction that took the company private in 2007. Gov. Blagojevich was caught on wire-tapped phone conversations discussing an attempt to shake down The Tribune Company’s CEO Sam Zell for campaign contributions in exchange for his help in providing public financing for Wrigley Field, to aid the company in the sale of the Chicago Cubs baseball franchise to the Ricketts family. Fitzgerald has recently come under criticism after two reporters for the Chicago Tribune, who broke the story about Fitzgerald’s office wiretapping Blagojevich’s phone conversations, revealed in a new book that Fitzgerald is the one who tipped off the Tribune’s reporters of the wiretaps before Blagojevich could complete a deal on the sale of the Senate seat. Fitzgerald’s office closely protected potentially damaging phone conversations Blagojevich had with Obama and Rahm Emanuel discussing Obama’s replacement in the Senate.
Obama was tied deeply to the Blago Senate Seat Selling scandal but bribes kept him out of trouble. It also needs to be pointed out that the audio taped conversations between Blago and Rahm Emanual mysteriously “went missing” while the trial was going on. Blagojevich’s lawyers sought to subpoena Obama and actually subpoenaed Rahm Emanual and Valerie Jarrett. Jessie Jackson Jr was also tied to the case and offered Blagojevich a bribe for the Senate seat and offered a pardon from President Obama. Blagojevich also stated that convicted felon, and Obama buddy, Tony Rezko, channeled $25,000 to Obama.
It’s the Chicago-way.