In 2011, former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was arrested and charged with political corruption. These charges included an attempt to sell former Senator Barack Obama’s Senate seat, which had been left vacant after his presidential victory in 2008.
Blagojevich was convicted on 17 counts for multiple crimes dating from as far back as 2005, and received a sentence of 14 years in prison. Some charges were later thrown out, but the sentence wasn’t reduced. He began his sentence in 2012. Then, just recently, he was pardoned on all charges by President Trump and was released from prison.
The decision was a controversial one, but Blagojevich’s release has also raised questions about Former President Obama’s involvement in the scandal.
Chicago politics is a dirty business. Obama knows something about that. The Daley political machine and the Mob ruled the city with an iron fist for decades. Barack Obama was surrounded by the likes of domestic terrorist Bill Ayers and anti-American Pastor Jeremiah Wright.
It should come as no surprise that there was dirty horse-trading of a U.S. Senate seat going on behind the scenes, especially given Obama and Blagojevich’s past history. Blagojevich has hinted that President Obama was involved in the plot to sell the Senate seat.
Recently, “Blago” appeared on Jesse Watter’s Fox News program. Watters asked Blago whether Obama had been involved in the seat-selling plot. The following was his response:
“President Obama began the whole conversation because he sent someone to me as a middleman, a mediator—not unusual in politics—on the night he was elected president to say that he’d like to talk about his choice for the Senate and to see what I might be willing to ask for…
It was political horse-trading, not what those corrupt prosecutors said it was.”
The former governor said that the Obama mediator was Tom Balanoff who was a “big union leader.”
Obama and his dealings with bad actors in Chicago go back decades. In 2008, Andrew McCarthy wrote the following about the Obamas’ ties to the racist preacher Jeremiah Wright:
“Years earlier, the Obamas had gravitated to the baleful Rev. Jeremiah Wright, an unapologetic racist and hard-Left firebrand. They were comfortable with him — and he with them.
By the senator’s own account, Wright is the inspiration for his memoir, The Audacity of Hope — the title is cribbed from a Wright sermon (“The Audacity to Hope”). For Michelle, who had written that a racial “separationist” would have a better understanding of American blacks than “an integrationist who is ignorant to their plight,” Wright’s Trinity Church mission statement had to resonate, right from its opening declaration:
‘We are a congregation which is Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian… Our roots in the Black religious experience and tradition are deep, lasting and permanent. We are an African people, and remain ‘true to our native land,’ the mother continent, the cradle of civilization.’”
McCarthy wrote this of the Obamas relationship with domestic terrorist Ayers:
“It was at the Chicago home of Ayers and Dohrn that Obama, then an up-and-coming ‘community organizer,’ had his political coming-out party in 1995. Not content with this rite of passage in Lefty World — where unrepentant terrorists are regarded as progressive luminaries, still working “only to educate” — both Obamas tended to the relationship with the Ayers.
Barack Obama made a joint appearance with Bill Ayers in 1997 at a University of Chicago panel on the outrage of treating juvenile criminals as if they were, well, criminals. Obama apologists say, “So what? People appear with other people all the time.” Nice try. This panel was orchestrated by none other than Michelle Obama, then an Associate Dean of Student Services. Ayers didn’t happen to be there — he was invited by the Obamas to educate students on the question before the house: “Should a Child Ever Be Called a ‘Super Predator?’”
Given this information about Obama’s past ties to shady figures, it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to speculate that Obama was in on the seat-selling scandal.
If that’s true, then this case has widespread implications, and the controversy surrounding Trump’s pardon may not be the biggest issue at hand.