Blagojevich sentencing, Patrick Fitzgerald sentencing memorandum reveals much, Blagojevich prosecution delayed, Obama protected, Live coverage

Blagojevich sentencing, Patrick Fitzgerald sentencing memorandum reveals much, Blagojevich prosecution delayed, Obama protected, Live coverage

“The citizens of Illinois deserve public officials who act solely in the public’s interest, without putting a price tag on government appointments, contracts and decisions.”…Patrick Fitzgerald

“I was not going to wait until March or April or May to get it all nice and tidy”  “I think that would be irresponsible.””…Patrick Fitzgerald

“Governor Blagojevich has been arrested in the middle of what we can only describe as a political corruption crime spree. We acted to stop that crime spree.”…Patrick Fitzgerald

“I just think it’s very, very disturbing that we have these pay-to-play allegations going on for years.”…Patrick Fitzgerald

“By way of comparison, Antoin Rezko,…received a sentence of 126 months imprisonment for corrupt activity that he
engaged in directly with Blagojevich or with Blagojevich’s tacit approval. Yet, Rezko:
(a) held no elected office of trust;”…Patrick Fitzgerald Sentencing Memorandum

The 2 day sentencing hearing for Rod Blagojevich begins in a few minutes. Patrick Fitzgerald and the US Justice Department have done their best to delay the prosecution of Blagojevich and protect Obama. This should be clear to anyone paying attention, even the House Judiciary Committee. If you watch closely and pay attention, Patrick Fitzgerald let’s the cat out of the bag on several occasions.

From the Government’s Sentencing Memorandum, signed by Patrick Fitzgerald and filed on November 30, 2011.

“Over the course of a relatively brief period of time, during his machinations
surrounding the appointment of a United States Senator, and the shakedowns of
hospital and racetrack executives, the defendant revealed his corrupt, criminal
character. But, as the evidence and Blagojevich’s conduct at his trials established, these were not isolated incidents. They were part and parcel of an approach to public office that defendant adopted from the moment he became governor in 2002. In light of Blagojevich’s extensive corruption of high office, the damage he caused to the integrity of Illinois government, and the need to deter others from similar acts, the government suggests a sentence of 15 to 20 years imprisonment is sufficient but not greater than necessary to comply with § 3553.”
“Blagojevich’s criminal activity was serious, extended, and extremely damaging.
Blagojevich was the sitting governor of Illinois when he committed his crimes. As the chief executive of the state, Blagojevich was in a special position of responsibility to the public. His abuse of office is particularly grave given the faith put in him by the citizens of Illinois.”
“Blagojevich agreed to use his official powers for personal benefit from the very
moment he became governor. On the heels of one corrupt governor and after running on a campaign to end “pay-to-play,” Blagojevich took office and immediately began plotting with others to use the Office of Governor for his personal gain through fraud, bribery, and extortion. Blagojevich and others committed a variety of criminal acts for several years before Blagojevich became aware of the FBI investigation into his actions and the actions of his administration. As the evidence demonstrated, Blagojevich continued his criminal acts through 2008 despite his knowledge of the FBI’s investigation. Indeed, the arrest and conviction of various members of Blagojevich’s
inner circle did nothing to dissuade Blagojevich from continuing his criminal activity until the day of his arrest.3”
“Blagojevich held up funding to every children’s hospital in the State of
Illinois.”
“Further deprecating Blagojevich’s appreciation for his criminal conduct is his
request for a probationary sentence. See Statement of Aaron Goldstein on Chicago Tonight, 9/28/11. By way of comparison, Antoin Rezko, who voluntarily surrendered immediately after conviction to start serving what he knew would be a prison sentence, recently received a sentence of 126 months’ imprisonment for corrupt activity that he engaged in directly with Blagojevich or with Blagojevich’s tacit approval. Yet, Rezko:
(a) held no elected office of trust; (b) was not involved in any of Blagojevich’s 2008 criminal activity; (c) provided some cooperation to the government that proved valuable; (d) endured harsh conditions of confinement; and (e) ultimately accepted full responsibility for all of his criminal conduct. Blagojevich engaged in extensive criminal conduct with and without Rezko, provided no cooperation, perjured himself for seven days on the witness stand, and has accepted no responsibility for his criminal conduct. A probationary sentence would be entirely inconsistent with promoting respect for the law, and the request in itself demonstrates Blagojevich’s continuing refusal to recognize the seriousness of his criminal conduct.13”
“Blagojevich repeatedly committed serious criminal acts that have done
enormous damage to public confidence in Illinois government.”

Notice above that Patrick Fitzgerald helps make the case for Blagojevich being prosecuted first.

“By way of comparison, Antoin Rezko,…received a sentence of 126 months imprisonment for corrupt activity that he engaged in directly with Blagojevich or with Blagojevich’s tacit approval. Yet, Rezko:
(a) held no elected office of trust;”

Yes, indeed, Patrick Fitzgerald allowed Blagojevich to remain in office until December 8, 2008 even though they knew as early as late 2003 that the Blagojevich Administration was involved in widespread corruption. If you are still not convinced, here is a Citizen WElls article from November 13, 2011.

Tony Rezko, Rod Blagojevich and other Chicago corruption figures are scheduled for sentencing in a few days. The US Justice Department knew about corruption in the administration of Governor Blagojevich by at least the latter part of 2003. Here is what we know from US Justice Department and court records and media reports.

2002

From the Blagojevich arrest press release.

Pay-to-Play Schemes

“The charges include historical allegations that Blagojevich and Harris schemed with others – including previously convicted defendants Antoin Rezko, Stuart Levine, Ali Ata and others – since becoming governor in 2002 to obtain and attempt to obtain financial benefits for himself, his family and third parties, including his campaign committee, Friends of Blagojevich, in exchange for appointments to state boards and commissions, state employment, state contracts and access to state funds.”

2003

From the Washington Post December 22, 2008.

The wide-ranging public corruption probe that led to the arrest of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich got its first big break when a grandmother of six walked into a breakfast meeting with shakedown artists wearing an FBI wire.
Pamela Meyer Davis had been trying to win approval from a state health planning board for an expansion of Edward Hospital, the facility she runs in a Chicago suburb, but she realized that the only way to prevail was to retain a politically connected construction company and a specific investment house. Instead of succumbing to those demands, she went to the FBI and U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald in late 2003 and agreed to secretly record conversations about the project.

Her tapes led investigators down a twisted path of corruption that over five years has ensnared a collection of behind-the-scenes figures in Illinois government, including Joseph Cari Jr., a former Democratic National Committee member, and disgraced businessman Antoin “Tony” Rezko.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/21/AR2008122102334.html?wpisrc=newsletter

2004

  • March – May 2004: FBI chart presented to the Rezko Trial jury on April 28, 2008, shows 257 calls from Rezko’s phones to Blagojevich’s chief of staff, Lon Monk, between March 2004 and May 2004
  • June 7, 2004: Stuart Levine, a longtime Republican reappointed to the powerful Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board, abruptly resigns on the eve of several important hospital expansion votes. The revelation is the first indication that the Blagojevich administration is under federal criminal investigation.
  • June 27, 2004: The Chicago Tribune discloses that an official for one hospital seeking permission to expand was wearing a federal bug during meetings in an effort to expose extortion attempts by Levine and others for contributions to Blagojevich.
  • July 2, 2004: Levine resigns from his seat on the board of the state Teachers’ Retirement System. It remains undisclosed that federal authorities had secretly taped Levine’s conversations.

Why wasn’t Rod Blagojevich indicted in 2005?

  • May 9, 2005: Levine is indicted on corruption charges. Federal subpoenas are issued to numerous administration sources, including top Blagojevich fundraiser Antoin “Tony” Rezko.
  • May 20, 2005: The governor’s office acknowledges to the Tribune that Rezko has an ongoing eight-year professional relationship with Patricia Blagojevich’s home-based real estate brokerage, River Realty Inc.
  • September 15, 2005: Prominent Democratic fundraiser Joseph Cari and a former lawyer for the state’s teacher’s pension board pleads guilty in an extortion scheme that steered state pension business to favored companies in exchange for campaign contributions to a high-ranking public official described in court documents only as “Public official A.”
  • October 25, 2005: The Tribune discloses a federal grand jury investigation into the alleged political hiring practices of the Blagojevich administration, including the governor’s top hiring aide, Joseph Cini.

Or

2006

  • August 5, 2006: The Chicago Tribune reports that Stuart Levine is cooperating with the federal investigation of state government.
  • October 11, 2006: Stuart Levine pleads guilty. Levine is cooperating with the government. Patrick Fitzgerald: “This indictment describes a frenzy of corrupt scheming, particularly in April and May 2004, in which political insiders sought to manipulate the activities of two state boards to fleece investment firms and individuals. The defendants and their associates put the word out loud and clear: you have to pay to play in Illinois.”  http://www.justice.gov/usao/iln/pr/chicago/2006/pr1011_01.pdf

Or

2007

  • January 16, 2007:”Judicial Watch filed an open records lawsuit against the office of Governor Rod Blagojevich (D-IL), who is under federal investigation on several fronts, including corrupt hiring practices. Judicial Watch’s lawsuit, filed on January 16, 2007 in the Cook County, Illinois Circuit Court, specifically seeks, among other documents, any and all grand jury subpoenas received by the Governor’s office or any state agencies under the Governor’s control. The subpoenas reportedly were issued by U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald’s office.Governor Blagojevich’s office refuses to release the subpoenas, claiming they are exempt from public disclosure. In a letter to Judicial Watch dated December 7, 2006, Allison Benway, Legal Counsel for Governor Blagojevich stated, “This Office cannot confirm or deny the existence of the documents requested, and even if this Office were to have documents responsive to your request, such documents would be exempt from release…””  http://www.judicialwatch.org/blagojevich
  •  March 9, 2007: Anita Mahajan, with business ties to Patti Blagojevich, received six felony charges.
  • December 13, 2007: Blagojevich fundraiser Christopher Kelly is indicted on federal tax evasion charges.

Or prosecuted in spring of 2008 instead of Tony Rezko.

Rod Blagojevich was governor of Illinois and had been monitored since late 2003. Tony Rezko was a businessman and never called as a witness.

Despite the doubletalk coming from Patrick Fitzgerald about protecting the citizens of Illinois, Blagojevich was arrested after the 2008 election in December.

Patrick Fitzgerald’s own words are damning.

“I was not going to wait until March or April or May to get it all nice and tidy”  “I think that would be irresponsible.””

“Governor Blagojevich has been arrested in the middle of what we can only describe as a political corruption crime spree. We acted to stop that crime spree.”.

“I just think it’s very, very disturbing that we have these pay-to-play allegations going on for years.”

And perhaps one more.

“We make no allegations that Obama was aware of any alleged scheming by Blagojevich.”

https://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2011/11/13/blagojevich-prosecution-delayed-us-justice-department-patrick-fitzgerald-conspiracy-tony-rezko-fall-guy-rezko-attorneys-contact-me/

Susan Berger, a freelance journalist, will be covering the hearing live and reporting on Twitter. The live reports can be found here:

http://es.twitter.com/Msjournalist

16 responses to “Blagojevich sentencing, Patrick Fitzgerald sentencing memorandum reveals much, Blagojevich prosecution delayed, Obama protected, Live coverage

  1. Blago being sentenced is all well and good, but the real villain of the opera is still at large. Hopefully he too will soon be standing where Blago is NOW standing. I am sure that it will take a while to do because we must first rid our DOJ of it’s horrible form of cancer,which has permeated the DOJ to it’s core. Then we must remove federal judges from the bench who were complicit in the treason against our country. Then these Federal Judges themselves need to be PUBLICALLY prosecuted, and IMPRISONED for their traitorous behavior. After all of this is done then we will be on the access ramp to the free highway of our lives.

  2. We now know that it was John Wyma who tipped off John Chase and that he didn’t go to the feds of “his own free will” but under the threat of indictment…I wonder how long it took the feds to figure out it was Wyma who tipped off John Chase of the Tribune or were they in on it???
    WHY did they need John Wyma to get the subpoena for the wire taps when they already had sworn testimony from the Rezko trial from Stuart Levine and others that Blagojevich was dirty?

  3. The “Villain of the Comic Opera” which our Federal Government has presented for the last three years is still perpetrating his traitorous acts against the American people. He even posted clear and positive evidence of his INELIGIBILITY when he posted ALL of his PHONEY birth certificates on the WH computer system. (A publically owned communication system). On every one of the alleged copies of his BC there appears the name of his father,and his father’s birthplace. This alone PROVES BEYOND any reasonable doubt that Soetoro is NOT ELIGIBLE TO hold the OFFICE of POTUS. Soetoro has even publically stated that the last issue was his ORIGINAL BC, so why the hell isn’t the FED doing anything to remove the usurper?

  4. BYE BYE ALL time for me to do something else. Have a good day everybody.

  5. Bessie

    Because they needed to pretend as though they did not have the goods on Blagojevich. What they had would have led to the big fish. They had to build a case that did not involve the protected ones.

  6. Thanks Whisleblower, I should have known that…but why bother?

  7. “BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS: GIVING GUNS TO CRIMINALS WAS THE PLAN ALL ALONG”

    Katie Pavlich
    News Editor, Townhall

    Excerpts:

    “Allowing loads of weapons that we knew to be destined for criminals, this was the plan. It was so mandated.” –Special Agent John Dodson ATF Phoenix Field Division.”

    “Damning new evidence from Capitol Hill shows that ATF Directors and Justice Department Officials knew about and encouraged the purposeful trafficking of thousands of weapons across the southern border, despite strong objections from ATF agents. Thousands of innocent lives were [murdered] as the result, including those of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and ICE Agent Jamie Zapata.

    “These guns went to ruthless criminals,” Carlos Canino, ATF Acting Attaché to Mexico said in testimony on Capitol Hill Tuesday regarding the scandal-plagued Operation Fast and Furious. “It’s alleged that over 2,000 [to 3,000] guns were trafficked in this investigation. To put that in context, upon information and belief, the U.S. Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment has approximately 2,500 rangers. That means that as a result of this investigation, the Sinaloa cartel may have received almost as many guns that are needed to arm the entire regiment. Out of these 2,000 weapons, 34 were .50-caliber sniper rifles. That is approximately the number of sniper riles a Marine infantry regiment takes into battle.”

    Read More Here: http://townhall.com/columnists/katiepavlich/2011/06/15/blood_on_their_hands_giving_guns_to_criminals_was_the_plan_all_along

    * * * *

    “FEDS LAUNDERING MILLIONS IN DRUG CARTEL MONEY UNCONSTITUTIONAL”

    Katie Pavlich
    News Editor, Townhall

    Excerpt:

    “Over the weekend we found out that the Department of Justice through the Drug Enforcement Administration has been laundering millions in dirty, bloody Mexican cartel money. Officials have justified the action by saying the goal is to bring down the “big fish” in the cartel, however, DOJ has been laundering this money for years and a significant cartel take down has yet to occur. Between the bloody and lethal results of Operation Fast and Furious combined with helping cartels by depositing their money for them, the question about what is legal or illegal government action arises.”

    Video Here:
    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2011/12/06/feds_laundering_millions_in_drug_cartel_money_unconstitutional

  8. Revelation;………………..if the Villian of the Opera wants to stay in office for a second term he only needs to see to it that our (ALLEGED) society gets all the drugs,and porn that they can handle. When that happens you have a completely complacent constituency. When they are stoned out of their minds they are either passed out or in hospitals, and if they are acting out their deviant sexual practices they are TOO BUSY getting OFF.The rest are simply too damn stupid to even know what time of day it is……..and they wouldn’t give a damn even if they did knew what time it is. To them UP is DOWN, and that is probably how it will always be with them.

  9. I would strongly suspect that laundered drug cartel money isn’t being put into the general fund….rather it is being put in the CHIEF’S pocket. Nothing more than an extension of the Chicago crime mob at the Federal level.

  10. Hell I can’t figure out why we aren’t seeing Al Capone, and Bugs Moran still shooting it out on Chicago streets. If I listen closely I can even hear the OOOGGAAHHH horns that were synonomous with the Model A Ford. It is really easy to hear the “Chicago typwriters.” (Tommy guns) .45 caliber Thompson sub machine guns. Everybody owned at least one of these nasty little toys. They were sometimes thought of as incentives.

  11. New Bill to End the Fed, Kucinich looking for support to reign in the bankers. http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/12/01/kucinich-bill-seeks-to-end-the-federal-reserve

  12. Starla…………………..
    When you refer to the .50 caliber sniper rifle,you are either talking about the M-82 Barrets, or you are talking about the military version which is the M-107. The difference is that the M107 is an accurised version of the M-82,and has certain other refinements as well. If the rifles that were allowed to get into drug cartel hands were the M-107s then yes there is a really serious situation existing. These rifles when used by fully trained snipers are capable of “one shot…one kill”, at a distance of 1 mile or greater. But even the early version (M-82) in the wrong hands is bad enough.

  13. Time for N.C. to step up to the plate. Hundreds of complaints filed with County Election Comitties. http://www.orlytaitzesq.com/?p=28678

  14. Day 1 not looking good for Blago.
    It’s going to be 15 to 20 years.
    He can think about how he and Rezko helped bho become President the whole time he’s there.

  15. Pat 1789………………………
    I am wondering if Blago will learn how to “SING” while incarcerated. Particularly if he is advised that it might help to substantially shorten his sentence.

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