Rezko's "intense" discussions with feds

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Just weeks before he is to be sentenced, political fund-raiser Tony Rezko is in the midst of intense discussions with federal investigators, sources close to the investigation confirmed to the Chicago Sun-Times.
There's no question federal authorities are interested in Rezko, a former top adviser and fund-raiser to Gov. Blagojevich, as a federal witness. But one source who spoke on the condition of anonymity, warned it's too early to call the discussions full-fledged cooperation.
But already, Rezko has provided information to the feds who are in the process of vetting it, sources say.
The Chicago Sun-Times first reported the liklihood of Rezko's cooperation one month ago, following accounts from various sources who saw Rezko being brought into the federal courthouse from the Metropolitan Correctional Center. Rezko had no court appearances during that time. One source, who asked not to be identified, told the Sun-Times in the Aug. 28th report that Rezko was twice seen inside the U.S. Attorney's office following his conviction. Rezko's lawyer, Joseph Duffy, called that contention of Rezko inside the prosecution's office, "bogus."
On Friday, Rezko's lawyers could not be reached for comment.
The implications of Rezko's cooperation are innumerable. His reach as a businessman, political adviser, real estate mogul and political fund-raiser has the potential to take federal authorities from Springfield to Iraq. Rezko not only was privy to inside meetings with the governor, but engaged in numerous real estate dealings with his wife, Patti.
The governor's office has denied that the first lady's business dealings with Rezko had anything to do with his influence in her husband's administration.
Federal authorities have long sought Rezko's cooperation in their ongoing probe into the governor. A few months before his conviction, Rezko wrote a letter saying prosecutors were pressuring him
to give them information on Blagojevich and White House hopeful Barack Obama. At that time, Duffy told the Sun-Times Rezko had never met with, or spoken to prosecutors.
One source with knowledge of the investigation into the governor and into his wife, Patti Blagojevich's, real estate dealings say the probe is going "at top speed."
Rezko is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 28. He then faces two more trials, including another in Chicago federal court next year.
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Only the FACTS!!!!!!!

Politicians and fundraisers from both parties were involved with Rezko.

Unfortunately, unless Fitzgerald can find a reason to indict him, Obama will still win the the election. Kinda reminds me of the Clinton when he ran 2nd term. All the hubbub surrounding Whitewater. Procecutors couldn't make anything stick.

FactCheck is right in pointing out some Republicans are also involved in this mess. However, I believe Fitzgerald's going to go after Blagojevich this time, as he has the most evidence against him.

I would hope this is a legitimate, non-political prosecution. If it turns out that Karl Rove is behind this, then it could blow back on the Republican administration.
FactCheckRedux Editor

It amazes me just how many people think this was a republican ploy, all the Chicago democrats who refuse to read their local papers for the past four years are suddenly surprised to find out their local hero is corrupt, give me a break! This did not just happen, this has been going on for years and the media has ignored it, and the consequences of their lack of vetting is that we now have no legitamate democratic candidate for president.

Who are the Demorcrats going to run for President when Obama is under investigation???

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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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