Obama, Blago, Rezko, and Stern

John
Verum Serum
4/23/2010

Rich Miller at the Capitol Fax blog discovered that a redacted court document in the Blagojevich trial wasn’t so redacted. This document includes all sorts of bad news for the President. First up, Rezko:

Blagojevich’s lawyers allege that Tony Rezko admitted to violating the law by personally contributing “a large sum of cash” to a public official’s campaign, which the Blagojevich people say is Obama.

The lawyers claim that Obama may not have been telling the truth when he said Rezko never relayed a request from a lobbyist to hold a fundraiser for Obama in exchange for favorable legislative action (Obama, however, refused to agree to the offer, Rezko allegedly says).

If Rezko violated campaign donation limits and Obama accepted the money, that’s bad. If he lied about the fundraiser that’s either bad (if he lied in public) or really bad (if he lied to the FBI). Recall that former President Clinton lost his law license for lying under oath. I don’t think lying to the FBI would be any better, but I’m not lawyer.

Read the rest at Verum Serum

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