Obama trial aka Blagojevich trial, Obama quid pro quo, Obama senate seat
This audio exerpt from a Blagojevich wiretap dated November 7, 2008 has it all. It indicts Obama and Blagojevich in a quid pro quo, classic Chicago pay to play scheme to sell Obama’s old senate seat. It reveals that Obama used SEIU major players Andy Stern and Tom Balanoff to negotiate with Blagojevich. It also reveals that Obama wants Valerie Jarrett, no stranger to pay to pay politics, to get the senate seat.
“DATE: 11/07/2008TIME: 4:11 P.M.
ACTIVITY: Rod Blagojevich home line incoming call.
SESSION: 403, 405, 406 and 408
Speakers:BLAGOJEVICH: Rod Blagojevich
YANG: Fred Yang
HARRIS: John Harris
STEWART: Mary Stewart”
“BLAGOJEVICH I know, but I mean he, he wants to be
able to have some deniability on it, I guess.
BLAGOJEVICH But this is what they’re tellin’ me.
And so he reached out to Tom Balanoff at
SEIU and, uh, Balanoff Tuesday night
told me that Barack had called him
Monday night and then, uh, Balanoff
hustled into my office Thursday, yes-,
the day bef-, yesterday, you know, to
talk about this and that he really wants
her, and Andy Stern and Tom were in my
office Monday. I think I told you that.
BLAGOJEVICH To get a sense of where I was. So we’ve
done this. So Thursday Balanoff came
back with a message directly from Obama,
“YANG But, but it seems to me, John Harris,
that’s a good, that’s a great, that I,that job sounds really good. But, um,
can’t Balanoff and Stern just make him
HARRIS Right, but, but the point is they, they
can, but then it’s a, then it’s a, it’s
a big, it’s a giveaway for them because
HARRIS …they have people…
HARRIS …in their unions to do it.
YANG Yeah, yeah.
HARRIS So, they’d wanna par-, par-, you know,
they’d like to trade that for something
from Obama. Sayin’…
HARRIS …okay, we can get Rod to do X…
HARRIS …you do Y for us…
HARRIS …and we’ll, we’ll, we’ll sat-, we’ll,
we’ll solve your, we’ll solve your Rod
YANG It’s like, it’s like a three, it’s like
the three way trade involving…
HARRIS It’s a, it’s a…
YANG …Jason Bay and Manny, Manny Ramirez.
HARRIS …right, it’s a three…
BLAGOJEVICH That’s right.
HARRIS …it’s a three way deal…
HARRIS …and it gives Bar-, Barack the ability
to stay out of Illinois politics if
that’s his… YANG Right.
HARRIS …code word for, ’cause he’s a got a
buffer. So there’s no obvious quid quo
pro for Valerie.”