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Sam Adam Jr. accuses Barack Obama's transition team of negotiating with Rod Blagojevich

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Reporting with Natasha Korecki, Dave McKinney and Abdon Pallasch

Sam Adam Jr. has just accused President Barack Obama and his transition team of negotiating with Blagojevich.

The offer came from Rod to Tom Balanoff, Adam says. Balanoff brought it to Valerie Jarrett and word came back from Rahm Emanuel through John Wyma. It's a negotiation they were in, he said of Obama and Blagojevich.

"You start high and they come low," Adam said.

In another comical moment, Adam mocks the prosecution and judge for keeping him quiet. Adam is trying to explain extortion to the jury when prosecutor Reid Schar shoots up.

Adam is silent and puts his arm out pointing to Schar.

"Objection," Schar said.

Adam then leans over and looks right at Schar, who won't look up at him. Adam starts to speak again, saying each word slowly, waiting for an objection.


Zagel stops things to neutralize Adam. Adam, sweating pretty heavily, pauses to wipe his forehead with a tissue.

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Amen Phil,

I am not sure if what Katz, Balanoff, Emanuel, Obama etc did was illegal, but it is certainly questionable. Aside from the comment section in the Sun-Times, and your/my host publication, this story has not found any takers.

I am beginning to think that Andrew Brietbart is too busy painting Pres. Obama as a questionable character to actually present Pres. Obama as a questionable character. The story speaks for itself, but the story is in the last two comments and pretty much no where else.

Hat Tip to the Sun-Times for covering the trial rather than making a personality sketch.


I'd like to get a copy of Tape 149. Perhaps Marilyn will be distributing them as a market device. And why not?

The seat in question was won by Obama. Blagojevich had the power to appoint his successor. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out who the interested parties are.

Funny or sadly enough, Blair Hull missed his opportunity, but as Nixon would have said, "but that would be wrong". You can't "buy" a seat.

Well, I'd take it a step back to Marilyn Katz (tape 149). For the life of me I do not know why she has never been mentioned when she is clearly identified on that tape as the FIRST emissary, bearing gifts of fundraising assistance. The docs for Obama's subpoena lead me to believe that she may have taken the offer to Patti -- maybe that has something to do with why she has never been mentioned. As far as I am concerned from only that tape, the horse trading began with her, and exculated.

Bessie the bottom line is that the leak came from the DOJ, do not make the mistake of laying this at John Wyma's feet. More to come.

It makes you wonder why the feds' let Wyma get away with tipping off Emanuel and Chase, then reward him with immunity...

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