On the final day of prosecution testimony, a lobbyist told jurors Rod Blagojevich wanted a job in exchange for appointing President Barack Obama's choice to the U.S. Senate.Wyma was under pressure himself:
"I thought it was very transparent," said John Wyma. "There was no way to make it not linked to the Senate seat."
Blagojevich barely looked up at Wyma, staring down as a man he once trusted explained how he came to be a key cooperator in the last stages of a corruption probe that began early in the governor's first term in office. As Wyma described it, Blagojevich was pulling him into fundraising schemes in 2008 just as federal authorities were looking into Wyma's lobbying activities years earlier for a controversial hospital plan that had moved through a corrupt state regulatory panel stacked with members loyal to Blagojevich fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko.That corrupt state regulatory panel keeps coming up. Well, lots of media ignore it.
Witness: Rahm Emanuel asked me to call Blagojevich to say President Elect ...
Did Wyma tip Emanuel off?
Inquiring minds want to know more.
WaPo writes a typical MSM frothy piece on Blago. HT Pundit & Pundette.
The court resumes Monday with the defense:
Blagojevich said after court Tuesday he expected to take the stand in his own defense, and his lawyers still maintain they will call White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett as witnesses.It's not a good time of year for an African vacation, Rahm.
P.S. As for Blago playing dumb as a defense-- he married a clout-heavy Chicago alderman's daughter, asking her to be pointed out to him; and before he became a congressman from Chicago, and then governor--he was a Cook County prosecutor.
Well I know he still may be dumb.
But Rahm is as smart as they come. Though perhaps even more foul-mouthed.
...As for our President Barack Obama--you decide.
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