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Witness: Giannoulias at meeting with union leader and Valerie Jarrett

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Reporting with Natasha Korecki

Union leader Tom Balanoff just testified that right after the Presidential election, he met with both Valerie Jarrett and Alexi Giannoulias about Jarrett's possible appointment to the Senate by Rod Blagojevich.

Balanoff said he asked Giannoulias to set up the meeting. The three met at the Aon Center on Nov. 7.

Balanoff said at the meeting he told Valerie Jarrett about his meeting the day before with Blagojevich.

"I said: 'He said some goofy stuff ... he could be Secretary of Health and Human Services.'" Balanoff testified. "I told her I told him that wasn't going to happen. We both laughed."

Balanoff said he planned to tell Blagojevich that if he didn't appoint Jarrett then the governor couldn't expect future help from the union, a major Democratic contributor.

"I was going to use our union's influence to make a good decision," Balanoff said.

Balanoff said he tried meeting with Blagojevich that Saturday to have coffee. Blagojevich told him he'd be out of town.

"I really felt that he blew me off," Balanoff testified.

He then called Jarrett, he said.

"I'm really sorry, I thought you'd be a really good Senator for the state of Illinois," Balanoff said he told Jarrett in the phone call.

In the courtroom, Blagojevich adjusts his watch, purses his lips and shifts considerably in his chair during Balanoff's testimony.

Giannoulias revealed on Sunday the defense subpoenaed him in the case.

Also in his testimony, Balanoff revealed Jarrett knew Obama called him the day before the election about her being named senator.

The morning of the election, Balanoff said he had a discussion on the phone with Jarrett in which he talked about her wanting the Senate seat.
"Didn't Barack call you last night?" Jarrett asked, according to Balanoff. "Well, I am interested." He said she told him.

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59 Comments

The problem with congenital liars is that they have a lot of lies to keep track of, plus, the more fantastic the lie, the more difficult would be the defense of it, and , debate is impossible.

The single greatest labor saving device, known to man, is the unaltered truth. Say, I have an idea, let's try it.

@Spawnomite.

Er, "AT LEAST" an 8 year president? Maybe you didn't get the memo, but the 22 Amendment was ratified in 1951.

REELECT NO ONE

Hey Doug,
Last I checked Obama was half white and half black... His dad left him and he was raised with his WHITE mom and later by his WHITE grandparents...

It has already come out that members of Obama administration offered jobs to candidates in Pennsylvania, Colorado and elsewhere to stay out of races so incumbents, or Obama favorites, could win primaries; it is not stretch to think that Blago was on course in supposing a job would be his if the right candidate were chosen. The current media inspection and scrutiny of a President would raise the shame of Woodward and Bernstein if they weren't so invested in also only bringing down GOP pols.

"Everyone is dancing around this but is this an impeachable offense?"

Hold your horses. Obama is not on trial here. Blago is. Save that question for when it's Obama's turn.

If you want to know the truth about these people,it is important to
know who they are, and what their true agenda is.Google "Georgia Guidestones", this is their way of telling us what they believe and want to do to"US".Bill Gates, Henry Kissinger,the Rockefeller's,Ted Turner, and many others have publicly stated their intentions, many times. Their ultimate goal is,to DEPOPULATE the earth. don't believe me, check it out for yourselves at "Georgia Guidestones". Printed in eight languages. Bitterly unbelievable. The real scary part? The numbers they quote to kill off,are supported by the book of Revelation. check it out for yourselves. 3 billion plus "will" be killed off. Think Wars,Vaccinations,disease,and flat out MURDER. What is Obama Planning,with stopping the internet,no communication as
such as this here.When we are blinded and cut off, no one will
know what is going on.

Doug! Wake up! Obama was raised by a white woman, Obama was raised by two WHITE grandparents. Blacks did nothing for him except to blindly elect him. He is an affirmative action POTUS with no executive qualifications except being a commie, marxist and socialist. He deals with union thug leaders--who have ruined Chicago big time and yet you can't figure this out.

REPORTERS ARE MISSING THE GREAT WHITE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM!!!
WHAT IS BALANOFF DOING DETERMINING IF BLAGO CAN BE SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES!?!?!?
Are special interests like the Unions really operating with that much power under this President? Now that really is scary - dangerous stuff!!! Everything accussed of President Bush is actually being acted out with President Obama: Special Interest powers within the admin.; secret dealings with others like Blago, Sen. Spector and in CO; avoiding the press at all costs with no full press conferences in over a year (never heard of even with Nixon), supporting Petraus (known as "be-tray-us" when Pres. Bush supported him and now a "genious" under Obama) and the inability to deal with foreign leaders like in Isreal, France, England, Germany, etc. is being shown with every day actions and no reply from our lap-dog media? It really is a shame simple reporting of the facts has been lost...

@Mary Kelly - where's your proof that Fitz was a registered Dem? Funny that he was appointed by Bush Jr. Funny that he went after both a Republican Gov and then a Dem Gov. Seems pretty unbiased to me.

All you Obama bashers and birthers are conveniently forgeting about the tape where Blago is angry at Obama because he wasn't willing to give Blago anything execept "appreciation." Obama did nothing illegal, and you're all just trying to smear him because of your own political views.

@Mary Kelly - where's your proof that Fitz was a registered Dem? Funny that he was appointed by Bush Jr. Funny that he went after both a Republican Gov and then a Dem Gov. Seems pretty unbiased to me.

All you Obama bashers and birthers are conveniently forgeting about the tape where Blago is angry at Obama because he wasn't willing to give Blago anything execept "appreciation." Obama did nothing illegal, and you're all just trying to smear him because of your own political views.

What's the issue with Obama? Hey Doug have you watched the news lately? Yeah you watched MSNBC or some other state run media BS. Time to wake up, Obama is President, black and enormously unqualified.

I would like to know how Axelrod is going to try to cover "this one up for Obama!" Obama is really in deep shitzooo now! Finally, he gets caught red handed. Not even george money bags Soros can buy him out of this mess. Blago is going to tell all! Next trail will be Rezko's tell all on Obama because he wants out of jail! What a joke his president and his clowns are...chicago clowns!

Why do I get the feeling that this article was not speech approved by journ-o-list?

Can you imagine the uproar there would have been had Republicans been the actors in this shameless fiasco?

"Conservatives are such poor loooooosers!"

Conservatives? Everyone involved in this case are Democrats. Where do you see the Conservative or Republican influence? Blago? Union Leader? Jarrett? Federal prosecutor (who was once a registered democrat - now "independent" and who went after Libby and Rove as well)? Democrat aides to Blago?

Well?

The color of Obama's skin is not the problem. Law breakers come in all colors.

The media will cover for Obama.
Obama will be AT LEAST an 8-year president.
Cry about it all you want, this is what America wanted when they voted for Barak Hussein Obama.

Hey Doug, we're ALL losers with this administration. You go right on thinking it's just the conservatives.

Hey Doug, your red, hammer, and sickle are showing!

Doug, Mr. Obama is an absolute dunce who hates this country and its citizens. He is an obnoxious, nasty, pathological liar. And he's a communist. That's the "issue" with Obama.

Soooooooo much more to come. Fitzgerald knows a lot more. He is protecting Obama. He knew more evidence against Obama would be coming if he let this continue.

@Bessie...my bet is on Celleni and I believe the recommendation happeneed on a plane ride.

What's the issue with Obama? He's black, he's a democrat, and OMG! HE IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!!

Conservatives are such poor loooooosers!

His name is Barry Soetoro and he's an illegal alien from Indonesia that was born in Kenya. Wake up you brainwashed mind controlled sheep.

http://911essentials.com

This is WRITING? My God! How did any of you even understand what this story is trying to articulate? It's as if it was written by a 10 year old.

No wonder journalism is dead.

And why would Simon & Schuster have been interested in Obama's "Memoirs" back in the early to mid 90s? Why? And when Obama blew their deadline, why did Time pick it up?

The man was a community organizer and barely a Jr. Senator when he became the POTUS in 2008. Why would he write that book in 1995?

Doesn't make sense.

Osama bin Obama is the worst president in my lifetime. That is his his legacy as far as I'm concerned. He's simply a vulture in an eagles body. He and his kind are sooooo gone by 2013 if he isn't impeached before that!

Osama bin Obama is the worst president in my lifetime. That is his his legacy as far as I'm concerned. He's simply a vulture in an eagles body. He and his kind are sooooo gone by 2013 if he isn't impeached before that!

Kathy - you are right on! Fitz new if he did not go public that the Prez would be implicated. Until I read your post I thought I was the only one who thought this. I questioned the timing from the start. I think it is now obvious.

You elect a community organizer and you get a crook. Go figure. And liberals wonder why so many of us know unions are dangerous. Here's clue number one.

It is disgusting how big of a vile rat Obama and his Chicago based Tammany hall is.

Why has president Obama surrounded himself by hard left wing fanatics, marxists, leninists,maoists,afro-leninists and outright America-hater terrorists such as Bill Ayers,Van Jones,Rev.Wright,Anita Dunn, Cass Sunstein,Ron Bloom,Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod,Kevin Jennings and others ?!
Van Jones has openly expressed his desire for a communist revolution in America...
Bill Ayers has made the affirmation that in order to implement the communist revolution, about 10% of the american people will have to be eliminated...
Anita Dunn and Ron Bloom have said that their idol is Mao Tze Tung the chinese dictator who killed 60 million of his people...
Kevin Jennings has encouraged teenagers to experience homosexuality,in one of his devious books....
This Elena Kagan character is anti gun, anti military, anti free speech, anti religion, and anti everything that americans hold dear.
What do all these things say about president Obama ??!!

Why has president Obama surrounded himself by hard left wing fanatics, marxists, leninists,maoists,afro-leninists and outright America-hater terrorists such as Bill Ayers,Van Jones,Rev.Wright,Anita Dunn, Cass Sunstein,Ron Bloom,Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod,Kevin Jennings and others ?!
Van Jones has openly expressed his desire for a communist revolution in America...
Bill Ayers has made the affirmation that in order to implement the communist revolution, about 10% of the american people will have to be eliminated...
Anita Dunn and Ron Bloom have said that their idol is Mao Tze Tung the chinese dictator who killed 60 million of his people...
Kevin Jennings has encouraged teenagers to experience homosexuality,in one of his devious books....
This Elena Kagan character is anti gun, anti military, anti free speech, anti religion, and anti everything that americans hold dear.
What do all these things say about president Obama ??!!

I think the critical question here is: What did Obama know and when did he know it ?

The only thing Obama is knowledgeable about is how to hang around with thugs - tell me who you hang with and I'll tell you.............

What part of community organizing involved corruption and unethical behavior? Barry really learned that part well. But, it is all Bush's fault anyway.

Wonder if the SEIU union will get any oil spill cleanup work contracts in the Gulf? or will those go to Rahm Emanuel's or Jarrett's cohorts?

This is just a dog and pony show. Nothing is going to happen to anyone but maybe Blago. But then again this guy deserves all the crap that is coming his way, just on the fact that he is such a sleeze. The media in this country will fall on the sword to save Barry, we all know it, so don't think for one lousy moment that the disgusting Dems will take a hit, not going to happen. when this trial is over, you will never heard about it again, the Dems will rewrite history like they always do.

Everyone is dancing around this but is this an impeachable offense?

RR has it right

Funny how I didn't hear one word of this on the nightly news....

Not one whisper!

After reading this testimony, can any of us still doubt that the politcal elite play by a different set of rules than John Q, Public?

Vote out your encumbent office holder, regardless of party affiliation!

Obama is elected President..........anyone who thinks he was not going to name his successor is stupid. Offer all of the evidence, convict all of them or let Blago walk!

Nice to know the Mob is still running the show. Balanoff is the errand boy for which mobster _ _ _ _ ?

Now I am getting some clarity on what might be the answer to the following question:
"How did a completely inexperienced, part-time academic and full time community organizer suddenly win the Presidency of the United States?"

Bill Baar; I think the connection was Republican William Cellini, Stuart Levine (R) and of course Tony Rezko...I believe Frawley was good friends with Levine who introduced him to Mahru & Tony. I can't rememeber who in the Rezko trial was going to contact Cheney to have Fitzgerald fired but I think it's a pretty good guess that this was the same person who introduced Alsammarae to Bush. I will look it up but I think it might of been Cellini or Kjellander.

Bush and Cheney must be involved. They blame them for everything else!

Am I the only person who thinks that Fitzgerald abruptly halted the wiretapping and investigation on Blago because he knew if he waited long enough he would catch the newly elected President in a crime? One can see exactly where things were headed. If Blago was offered an administration job think of what the implications would have been. Fitzgerald covered for Obama

Come on people... Of Course Obama knew..

Wow, everyone looks bad here EXCEPT Blago!! I knew Obama was all tangled up in this mess.

Wow...I am loving this. It's so fun to watch the Democrats send another member of their caucus off to prison. It's even better to hear how butt-hurt they are about the Blago trial and that their golden boy barry is apparently involved. (to what extent no one will ever really know). If we could just get the state of Illinois to secede from Chicago us folks down state would be just fine.

p.s. The Cubs suck.

Funny how I didn't hear one word of this on the nightly news....

There MUST be a congressional hearing on this after the November elections (when republicans have the majority). This president is a criminal. His Chicago-style politics are becoming more and more detestful. I hope you morons that voted for him are finally beginning to see the light. Liberals have been in charge since the 2006 elections...any surprise our county is falling apart? Vote ALL of them out this year!

Steveinkc, you are absolutely right...and while they are at it Halliburton...I think they were using their influence also....and what abut the Bush Twins, I'm sure they wanted a job after all of this...

"By Bill Baar on June 29, 2010 1:19 PM
Regarding: "I was going to use our union's influence to make a good decision," Balanoff said.

If only he had used SEIU's influence to push for an election instead."

What? And have the little people choose? LOL Are you crazy?

@Stevinkc...somebody in Illinois told Bush Chenely Ayhim Alsammarae was a good pick to return to Iraq as part of the PCO... I suspect it was one of the names tossed about in this trial, and these guys don't do anything for nothing --that should be clear-- so yeah, broaden it to Bush Cheney and the Guv's part in Iraq reconstruction..the powerplant, training security guards in Savanna...yep...open up these whole mess.

Never a dull moment...

I think a formal inquiry should be made into Bush and Cheney's involvement in this scandal. Well why not???

...a lot of self-important people on these tapes and in DC... and that's all they are...they're sinking the United States.

Too bad the union thinks itself important enough to be in charge of a public office.

Regarding: "I was going to use our union's influence to make a good decision," Balanoff said.

If only he had used SEIU's influence to push for an election instead.

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