Obama's Trials

Was Jesse Jackson, Jr. ready to pay Rod Blagojevich for the Senate seat?
Covert recordings of Blagojevich last fall allegedly captured the then-governor suddenly going from cold to hot on naming Jackson to replace President Barack Obama in the Senate.
That doesn't prove much. He might have been inspired by a speech, for example.
Federal authorities have questioned a former chief of staff to ex- Gov. Rod Blagojevich and other cooperating witnesses about an attempt by friends of Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. to raise funds for Blagojevich to encourage him to pick Jackson for the U.S. Senate, sources said.
Oh. Well, that might be a different story.
Federal prosecutors allege Blagojevich, who was indicted last week on corruption charges, was considering awarding the seat to Jackson in return for a Jackson associate offering $1.5 million in campaign cash.
What an exciting period we have ahead. A Chicago political scandal going through the courts with an iconic civil rights family, an Obama campaign co-chair, on trial for corruption. Yeee haaa! That would be fun.
Prosecutors allege Blagojevich told aides he had been promised something tangible and immediate to name Jackson to the seat—namely money—and that he was leaning toward appointing Jackson.
Will the Obama administration be able to squelch it?