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Witness: Rahm Emanuel asked me to call Blagojevich to say President Elect Barack Obama wanted Valerie Jarrett

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Reporting with Natasha Korecki


When Valerie Jarrett was still in contention for the Senate seat in early November 2008, Rahm Emanuel called longtime Rod Blagojevich friend John Wyma.

Emanuel wanted Wyma to deliver a message to Blagojevich.

Wyma, a state lobbyist, just testified that Emanuel told him to call Blagojevich and express something on behalf of the President-Elect.

"He said the President-Elect would value and appreciate Valerie Jarrett in the Senate seat," Wyma said.

Wyma said he then tried to call Blagojevich at home but "missed him."
He then called Blagojevich chief of staff John Harris.

Wyma said he passed on Emanuel's message.
"I told him it would make sense to have Valerie as a pick," Wyma said.

Harris told him he would give the message "unabridged and unedited" to the then-governor.

The significance here is Wyma had been cooperating with the government for several weeks. He made a call on Emanuel's behalf at the time that the then-Governor was hoping to get something in return for the Senate seat. The week before that phone call, Blagojevich had expressed his interest in a cabinet position in exchange for the Senate seat.

While the prosecution played a recording of Robert Blagojevich's call to Wyma asking for funds from Children's Memorial Hospital, Wyma admitted to attorney Michael Ettinger that he didn't know whether Robert Blagojevich also knew that the hospital was at the same time seeking state monies.

Now Blagojevich's lawyer, Sheldon Sorosky is questioning Wyma: "You don't mind if I call you John, do you?

Wyma: "Do you mind if I call you Shelly?" He says to much laughter in the courtroom.

Sorosky: "Not at all."


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I enjoyed reading this blog post! Keep up the great work.

I will be funny to see if one moron can bring down the entire executive office. Its hard to have faith in our elected officials when they trip themselves up on stupid things while our children are dying in wars overseas, unemployment is tearing us apart and the global economy is faltering. God help us!

You people are acting like fools. Wyma was not on Blago's staff at the time, and no one from the administration asked him to do anything illegal, or offered anything for the seat. It's not a crime to make your preference known, and it sure pissed Blago off when he couldn't get anything for it.

Obama is just a douche...don't you all realize that yet?

Because of the discovery issue, Blago goes free.

regarding xerakis's post on July 13, 2010 3:07 PM, who said:

"Obama is done... a moron would'nt vote for him at this point."

Don't be so sure, xerakis. Look how many morons voted for him in 2008!

obama is a bonified incompentent LIAR. Kill the banking bill until the freddi-fannie0banking scandal is fully investigated under oath. schumer, obama, rahme emmauel, raines. dodd, frank, reid and pelosi would be an excellant start to uncover the corrupt elcrap going on by the above cause the rape of the taxpayers. I can see Nov from my House and obama and the obama crats are going to get the politically geister kickin they have had comiong for the last 40 years. Defeat reid, sachumer, murrray, pelosi and the rest of the obamas crats.

this trial not only continues to reveal the shocking corruption that is the O, but just as shocking is how the MSM continues to ignore it. While we had our fill of lindsay lohan and lebron james on the front pages, the left-stream media of msnbc, cnn, abc, cbs, and nbc completely continue to ignore the Blago trial, the Black Panther case, the NASA outreach comments, the Sestak bribery, the Waltrip firing, and the host of other whitehouse problems. This is jounralism at its saddest, they shoudl all be ashamed. This type of suppression of news is equitable to the propaganda machines of North Korea and precold war USSR.

shame, shame, shame.

The only way we would impeach this "man" would be if he were suddenly to turn into a white American. Otherwise, he's here for good. In fact I can see that these stupid people are totally afraid to ever tell the truth about this criminal. Good luck, you elected him because, it, ahhh, it made you feel good. Well, good luck. :)

Mr. Obama's pants are on fire again.

Is it 2012 yet? It is increasingly clear that's our only chance of unseating this community organizer. And people voted for him because? Just to get Bush out of office? Bad, bad reason. After all, there were other candidates. Maybe any one of them had more executive experience than our current orator-in-chief.

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I feel like Blago is like a D-lister who is trying to pick on an A-lister, to get some sort of attention or fame by proximity. Of course, I'm not fan of President Obama's left-wing policies either...but let's be serious. They had discussions, and President Obama knew when to keep quiet, and Blago didn't!

You people are all freaks. Do you really think that Obama is going to get impeached over this? Because he mentioned to Rahm that he would like a certain person in the seat. Really? That is going to get him impeached??! You fear mongering freaks need to get a life. This really isn't big news at all. Not one bit. Worry about stuff that matters. This does not matter. And if anyone thinks he is going to get impeached over this, please send me your phone number and I'll bet you any amount of money you want that he won't. You guys are like a bunch of Joe McCarthy's of the 21st century.

Obama on the witness stand.
What was your involvment in the getting Jarret appointed to the senate.
Answer - "ah ah ah ah ah you know ah ah ah ah ah ah. Where is the teleprompter?

Looks like the Messiah is nothing more than a Chicago Thug. We need to fight to get our Country Back in November...then impeach this leftist radical.

So...now we know that the Obama White House tried to bribe TWO Democrat candidates to get out of races so the "preferred" candidate could run unopposed in the primary...offering them jobs...and yet we're to believe that Obama/Emmanuel never tried to make any offers to Blago.
Right. That sulphurous smell is not Bush...it's Obama.

Oh, I'm SURE that Obama lapdog at CNN, Roland Martin will be all over this story tonight on Wolf's show, eh?

How's that "Dope & Strange" working for you?

Hey kctex @ 3:04 pm: There's wiretap evidence of Blago admitting to the quid pro: He appoints Jarrett to Obama's empty Senate seat in return for Obama appointing him to the H&HS Secretary gig. Get it?

Valerie Jarrett was still in contention for the Senate seat until this video was posted on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7Nlq80DVpo
and it was picked up by Drudge.

After this statement on Meet the Press, any chance she had of "ruling" in the Senate were over.

Day by day this administration is exposed for what it really is by the light of truth.

I thought I was the only one that loved that tune...Obama's Gonna change the Woooooooorld!

"Only a moron would vote for him now"?? Well, there are still millions of morons that will vote for their fellow moron. They are like lemmings....they like to run together. Thank God there are not enough morons left that will vote for him to get the moron elected!

I am so surprised that no one is talking about the first ladies speech yesterday at the NAACP. Man, are we ever going to get past race in this country, all she talked about was how african americans have it so much harder than everyone else. I can't imagine what would happen if white people talked that way!!!!

It doesn't matter if Obama expressed preference for cookie the clown in the senate seat, all that is relevant in this matter is Blog shopping the senate seat around like lady in the night for a john. Enough with the smoke and mirrors about who isn't on trial.

Hearsay evidence is usually inadmissible in a court of law. Statements such as..so and so told me that Obama said yada yada are generally considered crap.

Is lying to the FBI a crime?

Bam-Bam, Rahm, and scam seem to fit together don't they!!

Duh, Duh, Duh!

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Wyma did not walk into the fbi offices unannounced...they have somthing on him, somthing big..

OBAMA- One Big A** Mistake America

I suspect this guy is just the first in a series of witnesses, one after another, that will expose Obama's involvement. Could that be why the judge is trying to keep all of the other witnesses from testifying?

What a crooked bunch. They all should be brought up on charges, but it won't happen. The fox is guarding the hen house. The only thing we can do is vote them out, but even that process is overseen by crooks.

Just in time for the elections.

IMPEACH

Obama is the most inept, deceitful and narcissistic buffoon to slide down the garbage chute in decades.

November -- and 2012 -- can't come soon enough to rid ourselves of this con man Obama.

What do BHO, JFK and MLK have in common???

NOTHING YET!

This should say it all... "The President-Elect had no contact or communication with Governor Blagojevich or members of his staff about the Senate seat. In various conversations with transition staff and others, the President-Elect expressed his preference that Valerie Jarrett work with him in the White House. He also stated that he would neither stand in her way if she wanted to pursue the Senate seat nor actively seek to have her or any other particular candidate appointed to the vacancy." Liar in Chief!

The obvious and easy question is WHY DOESN'T OBAMA HAVE TO ANSWER THESE SIMPLE QUESTIONS ON THE STAND?

Hmmm, lots of Obamayomama bashers here! GREAT!! sad part for me as a native son now living elsewhere is that the state is so freaking liberal. his lowness was voted in overwhelmingly by the population of Illinois. glad to see some of you have sense or are at least now coming to your senses. vote this individual out along with Durbin and the rest of the liberal freaks! PLEASE!!!!!

Mmm Mmm Mmm...Barack Hussein Obama! He said that all must lend a hand to make this country strong again. Mmm Mmm Mmm...Barack Hussein Obama!

Don't get too far ahead of yourselves folks.

If they are not going to persue Barry for doing this on his own to remove senatorial candidates from the proimaries, why would you expect them to persue him in what can be made to look like an arms length legal issue with plausible deniability?

Focus on '10. Cut the purse strings and then boot him out in '12.

Obama is probably implicated in so many Chicago style political deals - he probably can not even think straight. Instead of spending his time studying to learn economics, management techniques - he was studying thugology - and those uninformed, disinterested voters who decided to elect him are to blame for the mess we are in - all across America.

I've said it before, but frankly, it won't matter to the brainwashed Obamatons what comes out. Obama could eat a live infant on national TV and they'd just genuflect and say "my, what lovely table manners he has!"

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The big question is why the Feds took down the wiretap prematurely? There was no violent crime being committed. No one was in danger?

Well well. Let's now see the judge in the case deny a little Barry on the stand. Blago is a bull in a china shop/political hack, but still has the right to present a defense (unless Holder changes that during the trial).

Rahmbo, Jarret (the high-roller in Chicago slums) and Barry O himself need to be interviewed or testify - I don't see how Team Blago is denied thier testimony.

This is a black on white crim so Obama is safe.

All of you calling for impeachment; it ain't gonna happen. The current democrat congress won't turn on their Kenyan messiah and any future repubic congress wouldn't have the cojones to do so.
Besides that, Eric "the racist" Holder's DOJ has a standing policy to not prosecute any blacks; only crackers. Also, the media will run interference and circle the wagons to provide cover.

Don't forget both house and senate may flip come November.. a lot of stuff here for investigation regardless of how the jury decides it. That's the nightmare for the Administration.

Watch this get ignored big time by the lapdog media. The country is in huge trouble with this bunch in power. It may have to get ugly.

Wyma also tipped off Emanuel about the wire taps and John Chase as well...What a tool

October 2008—Wyma begins cooperating with feds.

Nov. 3—Rahm Emanuel tells Blagojevich Chief of Staff John Harris that Obama’s preference for his soon-to-be-vacated Senate seat is Valerie Jarrett.

Nov. 4—SEIU Midwest President Tom Balanoff returns Barack Obama’s call and vows to deliver message to Blagojevich about Obama’s preference for Jarrett.

Nov. 5—Obama elected president.

Nov. 6-8—According to WH report, Emanuel has “one or two” conversations with Blagojevich expressing his preference that Blago pick Jarrett.

Nov. 7—Balanoff meets with Blagojevich and delivers the message that Obama wants Jarrett.

Nov. 7—Balanoff discusses Senate seat with Jarrett, who still is interested.

Nov. 9—WH report says Jarrett withdraws her name from consideration for WH seat.

Nov. 10—Wyma, acting as an emissary for Emanuel and Obama, tells Harris that all that Blagojevich can expect from a Jarrett selection is “thanks and gratitude.”

Wyma also tipped off Emanuel about the wire taps and John Chase as well...What a tool

October 2008—Wyma begins cooperating with feds.

Nov. 3—Rahm Emanuel tells Blagojevich Chief of Staff John Harris that Obama’s preference for his soon-to-be-vacated Senate seat is Valerie Jarrett.

Nov. 4—SEIU Midwest President Tom Balanoff returns Barack Obama’s call and vows to deliver message to Blagojevich about Obama’s preference for Jarrett.

Nov. 5—Obama elected president.

Nov. 6-8—According to WH report, Emanuel has “one or two” conversations with Blagojevich expressing his preference that Blago pick Jarrett.

Nov. 7—Balanoff meets with Blagojevich and delivers the message that Obama wants Jarrett.

Nov. 7—Balanoff discusses Senate seat with Jarrett, who still is interested.

Nov. 9—WH report says Jarrett withdraws her name from consideration for WH seat.

Nov. 10—Wyma, acting as an emissary for Emanuel and Obama, tells Harris that all that Blagojevich can expect from a Jarrett selection is “thanks and gratitude.”

"Obama is done... a moron would'nt vote for him at this point."

Ummmmm a whole lot of them did in 2008.

Wha?? Hey Youse guyz scratch my back an I scratch yourz... Chicago style politics what's da problem?

Barry Hussain Soetoro, MMM....MMM....MMM!
Impeach barak Soetoro, MMM....MMM....MMM!

This comes as a surprise to no one.

If Blago's claims are determined true and if government officials have found a way to circumvent "Government by the People", then they need to be punished and those holes in our government system need to be sewed up tight.

This administration has caused me to lose (all) respect and trust for the Federal Government. I want conservatives back in office and if those conservatives continue with taxation over reduction of the size of this (wasteful)(useless)Federal Government, then they need to go too! Not "go" to another public servent job, but "go" be thrown out of any position where they have some connection requireing the trust of American Citizens.

Fed's you stink of spoiled garbage, and we Americans are having a dificult time keeping our food down when we see your trash dispositions.

Zagel better turn over the FBI interview with Obama, now! Balanoff, and now Wyma -- make the request again, defense, and resubmit the request to subpoena Obama, while you are at it. If Zagel refuses the request for the interview after two witnesses, then I am calling "foul."

Good thing the Feds arrested Blago before he could appoint Jarrett and then go looking for his cabinet position....all on FBI phone tap recordings. BO will slide on this, but a few days later and he was toast. I hope the Federal Prosecuter who made the call to arrest Blago early gets a few rounds of golf with the President at Camp David, he deserves it.

Remember Obama met with Blago on December 5th even Axelrod said so on National TV and then when Blago got arrested on the 8th all the sudden it never happened?
Come on People who still believe Obama is not knee deep in this! You got to wake soon and realize we have ALL been had!

Sorry folks, but even though all of this is probably true, I think Obama will get out of it without any punishment. I hope that I am wrong, but the way things go these days, the criminal almost always gets away with it. I think Obama and Rahm will get off scott free.

Will he be a one term or a half term president?
Maybe he can Bow Wow out of the job to help the country
revive from the damage? Maybe he could be appreciated
for Bow Wowing out in the best interest of the nation?
Does he even care?

If anyone really wants to get to the truth, all they need do is ask John Chase (Chicago Tribune) who told him the feds had a wiretape on Blago and who told him John Wyma was cooperating with the feds. Why is no one asking ?

obama liar strikes, again

There can be no impeachment unless democrats lose big in november. If they do (God willing), we may not need to wait til 2012 to excise this clown and his cronies.

Wow, can't wait to watch ABCCNNCBSABCMSNBC to see how this will be covered! Oh wait...darn....

Wow. I wonder why Wyma would start lying and making stuff up? :) After all, the WH said there was no contact. How could there have been contact when they said there as none?

Makes me wonder the process whereby Barack Obama just kind of volunteered to run for US Senator and all the Il Demo machine members just said, "Hey, Great Idea! Why didn't we think of that?"

Oh, Praise God! Maybe we can get OBONGO and BLAGO too!

Obama lie? Say it ain't so? As for

"i smell the beginning of impeachment if the ball starts rolling."

Don't tease up who could see what he was from the get go. :0

Nothing will come of this.....The DOJ doesn't care they are in on it too.

Obama is done... a moron would'nt vote for him at this point.

The Democrats want this idiot of a President out as much as the Republicans... looks like this will be easier then what they did to JF'nK

The Democrats want this idiot of a President out as much as the Republicans... looks like this will be easier then what they did to JF'nK

Impeach the criminal Obama

IMPEACH Obama ! ! ! Save the country ! ! ! Turn the country around and away!

Impeach. This. President. Now.

uhm, implicated in what? telling someone that the president-elect would like to see a particular person appointed to the senate seat isn't a crime. there's no evidence of quid pro quo. you kids are grasping at straws.

Impeach the criminal Obama

will go no where. the media will sweep this under the table as not relevant, no proof hearsay, etc. there is no way the media will take down Obama. they don't have the journalist integrity any longer.

If this doesn't start talk of recall or impeachment, nothing will.

Damaging but only if it is verified to be true.

Obama should be impeached! This is illegal!!!

LOL! Obama is a f'n criminal!

Obama and Emanuel are as guilty in this mess as Blago. They are all the same except for the fact that Blago will go to jail and Obama will get a free pass as will Emanuel. The usual MSM talking heads will either leave this story alone as much as possible or their mantra will be; "What is the big deal? This is just politics and how things get done".

It is a felony and America should no longer tolerate this behavior. Politicians steal our money to distribute it to their friends and supporters. Illegal backroom deals in Illinois have been the norm for many years and it must stop. Illinois is a laughing stock except it shouldn't be funny or no big deal to anyone that cares.

Obama is obviously knee-deep in this, and he said he wasn't. He is a corrupt, Chicago politician. If Blago is a crook (and he is) then how can he be one for being one-half of a two part deal?

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oh my ...

"If you haven't got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me."
- Alice Roosevelt Longworth

Wow! What a shocker!!! Not.

Obama's gonna change it. Obaaaaaama's gonna change it.
Mmm Mmm Mmm he's gonna change the world!

Rahm is now completely implicated. He and Jarrett and it appears Obama knew that Blago was dealing for the seat, and they did not report this information. It now seems that Obama either lied to the FBI, or he lied to the American people when he had his attorney (soone to be WH counsel) issue his December report about Obama camp contacts with Blago.

i smell the beginning of impeachment if the ball starts rolling.

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