LEVINE DROPS ANOTHER ANOTHER BLAGO BOMBSHELL

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Stuart Levine just testified that Rezko told him and Kelly that he made Blagojevich aware of the Rosenberg "situation."
Levine said the disclosure came at a May 11, 2004 meeting in Rezko's office in which Levine, Kelly and Rezko were trying to come up with a strategy to handle Rosenberg's threats to go to authorities over a shakedown scheme.
"Mr. Rezko indicated to me that he had made the governor aware of the situation and the things Mr. Rosenberg had said," Levine testified. There was no elaboration about to what extent Blagojevich allegedly knew of the situation.
"But he felt this (a $220 million state investment) was the last thing that Mr. Rosenberg should get from the state," Rezko told Levine that Blagojevich had related to him. "The governor indicated he doesn’t care what happens to Mr. Rosenberg. He feels he owes Mr. Rosenberg nothing."
This is the first testimony we've heard that Blagojevich knew about the Rosenberg scheme. The governor has repeatedly said he has nothing to do with this trial.

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The Godfather Part IV
Staring:
Jack Wartz as Rosenberg
Johnny Fontae as Blagojevich
Vito Corleone as Rezko
Fredo Corleone as Levine
Sonny "Santino" as Kelly
Tom Hagen as Cellini
"The Turk" as Dan Frawley
This Rezko trial is becoming a great read, who will write the movie?

Nothing will happen to these people. You'll see ONE fall guy go down, and that's it.

THE CHICAGO WAY!!

Tony Rezko had 3.5 million dollars wired from Lebanon... I am sure that all the millions he stole are safely kept in Lebanon and out of Uncle Sam's legal reach... Lebanon has bank secrecy laws and is considered the ideal place for US citizen with dual citizenships, Lebanese or Syrian, to transfer money made in the US in order to avoid taxation on interest earned from bank deposits and investments worldwide... In other words, once these funds leave the US, they are no longer listed on their income tax forms... And when these funds are needed, they are wired back to the US and no questions are asked by Uncle Sam... It's an old practice... Also wealthy Syrian citizens and politicians started using Lebanese banks heavily when the Lebanese civil war ended in 1990 and Syria took control of Lebanon, to avoid Syrian banking laws and taxation, not to mention the lucrative interest paid on deposits, Lebanon's central bank offered through commercial banks and which sometimes reached 35%... Now Lebanon's government can't even pay the interest on the 45 billion dollar national debt that piled up since 1990...
Also, Rezko's Iraqi billionaire pal Nadhmi Auchi, who is barred from entering the US, uses Luxembourg's financial institutions because of its banking secrecy laws and to avoid paying income tax to the British treasury... In November, 2003, Auchi was given a two-year suspended prison sentence for his involvement in the Elf scandal. A French court found him guilty of accepting £50 million worth of illegal commissions. He was also fined £1.4 million... Rezko and him share a history of corruption...
Go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nadhmi_Auchi and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Mediterranean_Holdings
for more dirt on this crook...
Rezko's loot is definitely stashed in Lebanon and with Auchi's General Mediteranean Holdings... I truly doubt that US federal authorities will be able to recover the millions he stole... The only way would be to take possession of the 62 acres in south loop estimated at $170 million which is most likely money embezzled by Rezko and invested in Auchi's financial empire... The next step would be to throw Rezko in jail for the reminder of his miserable life and throw the key away...
It's also obvious that Blagojevich was aware of Rezko's corruption and is definitely as guilty... It's the Watergate saga again but on a state level... And Blagojevich will fall just like "tricky dick" did before him along with his political entourage...
Now Senator Obama has to either be stupid or just playing stupid. Can you imagine what the white house would have been like if Rezko was not caught and Senator Obama ended up in the oval office ? Rezko would have been able to influence even US foreign policy... Don't forget his Syrian roots...Barak Obama owed him favors and there is no such thing as a free lunch in America... The governor of NY was forced to resign because of an extramarital affair with a call girl... He did not turn a blind eye to corruption nor did he lie about campaign funds... He did not directly or indirectly caused misery to countless low income citizens in need of public housing... And what adds insult to injury is that Obama still defends Rezko and praise him? If Obama has any sense of decency and ethics he should step down from office and drop from the presidential race... I truly think that he is as corrupt as both Rezko and Blagojevich...
Birds of a feather flock together...
I fear that more and more bombshells will be dropping...

Jim Ryan is sitting in jail for one/tenth of this guy's shenanigans. I hate it when whoever is lying to me smiles at the same time. I'll take Ryan anytime !

Just a clarification to the above comment -- George Ryan is sitting in prison right now serving a 6 1/2 year sentence.
Former Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan has not been charged with any wrongdoing.

Godfather IV

You forgot:

Nick Hurten as Carlo- the brother-in-law who set up Sonny.

His trial starts next week.

Big Windy, your right but I'm afraid the Rezko trial has more characters than the Godfather. Casting may be difficult.

LET'S GET A RECALL IN PLACE IN ILLINOIS - FOR ALL POLITICIANS. ITS ABOUT TIME TO MAKE OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS ACCOUNTABLE. IF THEY ARE NOT DOING THEIR JOB IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE TAXPAYERS AND VOTERS WE AT LEAST WILL BE ABLE TO GET THEM OUT! MAYBE IF THERE IS THE FEAR OF BEING BOOTED OUT OF OFFICE THEY MAY THINK TWICE ABOUT WHEELING AND DEALING AND WE TAXPAYERS WILL GET TO KEEP A FEW OF OUR HARD EARNED DOLLARS IN OUR OWN POCKETS INSTEAD OF THEIRS. T

Hey Renee Lee Greco -

Do you seriously think that if there were some truth to your theory about the Rezko-Obama link that the Clinton campaign would not have pushed it by now? As bad as Hillary wants the White House, she would not hesitate in using anything against Obama to weaken him. No one is giving Obama a free pass on this and if he is dirty the truth will come out.

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Natasha Korecki is the Federal Courts Reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, covering federal news, corruption investigations and trials.

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