Posts Tagged ‘U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald’

Jesse Jackson Jr’s Cooperation with Fitz

By: emptywheel Tuesday December 16, 2008 2:39 pm

Multiple stories–explicitly sourced to Jesse Jackson Jr’s allies–report that Jesse Jackson started cooperating with Fitz as least as early as earlier this year. Here are some data points on JJJ’s cooperation and other involvement.

He apparently told Fitz earlier this year that in 2003, Blago conditioned a position for JJJ’s wife on a $25,000 donation.

Jackson has been in regular contact with the feds and has told the government that in 2003 Blagojevich denied the congressman’s wife Sandi an appointment as Illinois lottery director because Jackson would not donate $25,000 to the governor’s campaign fund.

Also earlier this year, JJJ told Fitz that he refused to accept Tony Rezko’s condition that the state would support a third airport only if JJJ agreed to let Blago approve the airport board.

The meeting in June of 2006 at a Gold Coast hotel included Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. and Blagojevich fundraiser Antoin “Tony” Rezko.

The topic was a proposed third airport at Peotone, Jackson’s pet project which needed more state money. Rezko allegedly demanded that the governor be given control of the airport’s board. Jackson refused and state support for the project stopped.

Fitz’s folks called JJJ last Monday night to give him a head’s up that they were arresting Blago and that a reference to him would show up in the complaint.


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Conservative Pundit Attacks Patrick Fitzgerald

Think Progress- By Faiz Shakir on Dec 13th, 2008 at 1:27 pm

Former Bush Justice Department official Victoria Toensing rips U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald in a Wall Street Journal piece, writing that he should “keep his opinions to himself.” By characterizing Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s conduct as “appalling” and as a “political corruption crime spree,” Fitzgerald “violated the ethical requirement of the Justice Department guidelines,” Toensing argues.

But what really upsets her is that Fitzgerald has had a prior history of calling it like he sees it:

What’s more, Mr. Fitzgerald is a repeat offender. In his news conference in October 2005 announcing the indictment of Scooter Libby for obstruction of justice, he compared himself to an umpire who “gets sand thrown in his eyes.” The umpire is “trying to figure what happened and somebody blocked” his view. […]

In the Libby case, rather than suffer criticism, Mr. Fitzgerald became a media darling. And so in the Blagojevich case he returned to the microphone.

Toensing has had it out for Fitzgerald ever since he had the gall to prosecute Vice President Cheney’s former chief of staff. In Sept. 2006, she blasted Fitzgerald in the Wall Street Journal, saying he should “apologize” for prosecuting Libby. In Feb. 2007, writing in the Washington Post, Toensing attacked Fitzgerald again for pursuing a “trial in error.” Speaking with Wolf Blitzer on CNN in March 2007, Toensing said she “absolutely” questioned Fitzgerald’s integrity.

Toensing complained to Fox News recently that she believes Fitzgerald is “overzealous” because “he doesn’t know the color gray, he’s only black or white, and just about everyone but him does wrong.” Toensing would apparently prefer prosecutors who have more sympathy for crimes and illegal conduct.

Update- Watch Henry Waxman take down Toensing:

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Malkin: Democrats Will ‘Turn On A Dime’ Against Patrick Fitzgerald

Think Progress- By Ali Frick at 2:28 pm

This morning on Fox and Friends, right-wing pundit Michelle Malkin took up the conservative mantra of linking President-elect Obama to disgraced governor Rod Blagojevich (D-IL). (In fact, Obama may have “indirectly contributed to the downfall” of Blagojevich.) Malkin and host Brian Kilmeade also insisted that Democrats, in seeking to defend the governor, would turn on U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and attempt to discredit his investigation:

KILMEADE: You know, one thing I think Patrick Fitzgerald is bulletproof. Because if Democrats are going to say he’s this non-partisan, A-plus investigator when he’s going after Scooter Libby, how could they turn around and say he has an agenda when he’s going after the Chicago governor and wherever those links lie?

MALKIN: That’s a really good point, Brian. Of course, they will try to do it.

BRIAN: Sure.

MALKIN: They turn on a dime on their former heroes and they will in this case.

Watch it:

Yesterday, Illinois state Republican chairman Andy McKenna, talking to Politico, similarly insinuated that Fitzgerald’s job was in danger. “Some have wondered if Barack Obama would keep Fitzgerald,” he said.

Malkin and McKenna are fear-mongering for no purpose, however. Obama has already made it clear he intends to keep Fitzgerald at his post. His transition team yesterday pointed reporters to a statement Obama had made in June: “I still think he’s doing a good job. Yes,” Obama said. “I think he has been aggressive in putting the city on notice and the state on notice that he takes issues of public corruption seriously.”


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