I received a tip that the verdict from the Rezko trial was about to be announced and was away from my office. Tony Rezko was convicted of 16 of 24 counts in his corruption trial. Rezko and Obama go way back, had many business dealings and Obama socialized with Rezko and his wife. Rezko has been a big financial supporter of Obama. In fact, Rezko hosted the social gathering attended by Obama and Iraqi born billionaire Auchi. Rezko is tied to many of the crime and corruption figures in Chicago and Illinois. Rezko, who is from Syria, has many connections to the Middle East.
The big question is
Will Tony Rezko talk?
Breakdown of Counts
• Guilty on 12 of 15 counts mail/wire fraud
• Not Guilty on 1 count attempted extortion
• Guilty on 2 of 6 counts corrupt solicitation
• Guilty on 2 counts money laundering
(Thanks Marielle for the breakdown.)
Money laundering…..hmmm…..some have described Obama’s “legal retainer” money trail from Robert Blackwell as money laundering.
I have many articles about Rezko and his ties to Obama, crime and corruption on this blog.