Monday, December 8, 2008

Blagojevich: I'm 'always awful'

The Bench front page... Oh, I'm sorry, there's a typo in the headline of this post. The correct headline should have had Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich uttering, "whatever I say is always lawful." (Ha!) Federal prosecutors are busy looking into the wheelings and dealings of Blago. Recently, a Blago buddy's business was raided. We know Tony Rezko was a benefactor and friend. That's just the tip of the iceberg. Many insiders are expecting an federal indictment by Christmas. The Chicago Tribune reports today: Gov. Rod Blagojevich responded today to the Chicago Tribune's report that he has been recorded by federal investigators, saying people should "feel free" to tape him because everything he says is lawful. (Source) He went on to say that "I can tell you that whatever I say is always lawful." Boy, there's a slick phrase, and it depends on what the meaning of "is" is. While everything he says may be "lawful," the feds want to know whether everything he does is lawful. The governor's comments to reporters were the first since the Tribune reported Friday that John Wyma, one of his closest confidants, had cooperated in the federal corruption probe of him and his administration, and that Blagojevich has been taped as part of the investigation. (Source) Federal investigators don't investigate somebody because they believe he's "always lawful." Their mission is find facts that may - or may not - tie a person to criminal activity. It's then up to a court to decide innocence or guilt. Don't miss the fun videos below.