Witness: 'Patrick Fitzgerald would be terminated'

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Tony Rezko associate Elie Maloof (pictured above, right) just testified that when he received a grand jury subpoena, Rezko told him not to talk to the feds. Why?

"The federal prosecutor will no longer be the same federal prosecutor," Maloof just testified that Rezko told him. What did Rezko mean prosecutor Chris Niewoehner asked? "That Patrick Fitzgerald would be terminated and Dennis Hastert will name his replacement. The investigation will be over."

Maloof, who once helped run some of Rezko's fast-food businesses, said Rezko told him of Fitzgerald's replacement: "That they will order the prosecutor to stop the investigation."
It is the first time jurors heard an accusation that Rezko worked behind the scenes to oust Fitzgerald.

Last week, prosecutors revealed that future witness Ali Ata will also testify that he knew of a plan by Rezko to eliminated Fitzgerald and replace him with someone who wouldn't go after Rezko.
On cross examination, though, Defense lawyer William Ziegelmueller asked whether he knew that it's President who appoints U.S. Attorneys.

Maloof also testified that Rezko told him not to bring up his name to prosecutors because it would only link to Gov. Blagojevich.
The conversation with Rezko, took place in February, 2004 inside of Rezko's Wilmette mansion. Only Rezko's housekeeper was there, aside from Maloof and Rezko.
Maloof said as they talked, Rezko had three cell phones in front of him.
"It was kind of weird, he had three cell phones in front of him," Maloof said.
When Maloof asked why, Rezko explained: "Just in case somebody’s listening," Maloof said.
What did he mean? “If the feds were listening.”
Was Mr. Rezko joking?
"No, it wasn’t a joke," Maloof said.

Maloof left the stand without ever invoking Barack Obama's name, despite previous allegations by prosecutors that he made a straw donation for Rezko to Obama's Senatorial campaign fund. It is clear that lawyers -- and the judge -- have been careful not to bring Obama's name into case, even outside the presence of the jury.

After Maloof left the stand, cameras chased him out of the federal courts building.
Newspaper photographers and television camera crews hustled to get in front of Maloof and, in what is a common scene in federal court, walked backwards, attempting not to run into one another while staying out of the rain.
Then Maloof asked something surprising: "You need me to slow down for you?"
Everyone nodded.
He did.

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What is there to prevent Obama from pardoning all these people and everyone else who is in the Chicago syndicate? What is the sense of this? They're all going to walk.

All of the politicians now in office are corrupt, including Obama. If Americans continue to sleep, they will wake up totally destitute. No politician in Washington even cares about the quality of life in the U.S. They certainly care about THEIR quality of life, but not ours. The shocking truth--Americans re-elected 96% of these crooks.

"It is clear that lawyers -- and the judge -- have been careful not to bring Obama's name into case, even outside the presence of the jury.

Why is that? Are they scared that Obama really was in on the plan to remove Fitzgerald? It's well known that Obama's team has a grudge against Fitgerald. The Sunday Times recently wrote: 'Fitzgerald is a much-resented figure among Obama’s advisers. David Axelrod, the Chicago mastermind behind Obama’s campaign, once complained: “He goes after fleas and elephants with the same bazooka. At some point there is a line . . . where you begin criminalising politics in its most innocent form.” '
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article5337807.ece

Neolibs like Obama and Axelrod are in the exact same vein as Neocons like Conrad Black and Scooter Libby, whom Fitzgerald also prosecuted. The corrupt two-party duopoly doesn't like Fitgerald because he is clean and has integrity, which is the opposite of their character.

I was in a family for more than 26 years who directly involved in the huge Combine in a way that will astound everyone when it finally surfaces. I can personally tell everyone that I know of "others" who were the target of these people to move them out of the way. In one case, they succeed for a few years when this person and family decided to come back. This first attempt was successful but there was another attempt made when this person got really close to something huge. I’m not allowed to talk about this but you can be assured that it holds another important key to what really has been going on not only in the State of Illinois, but also way up into our Federal level. This is because this person is near the same level as Fitzgerald is and it affects all of us.

There is so much going on that right now it’s impossible to talk about it partly because most of it isn’t out yet. Because of what I know, I sincerely feel that it’s only a matter of time before the story (and others) I’m talking about surfaces.

Marty Didier
Northbrook, IL

Hastert does not have clean hands

What exactly do "terminated" and "eliminated" mean in this context? Because, they don't sound the same as just having someone fired.

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Natasha Korecki

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

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