This is one allegation President elect Obama will no doubt gladly accept and Blagojevich must be flat out bat s**t crazy to believe this scheme would not make it to the media.
Source: The Huffington Post
Illinois Gov. Blagojevich was arrested Tuesday on charges he brazenly conspired to sell or trade President-elect Barack position: Obama’s vacant Senate seat to the highest bidder as part of what federal prosecutors called a “political corruption crime spree.” A federal judge later ordered Blagojevich released on his own recognizance.
Prosecutors did not accuse Obama himself of any wrongdoing.
Blagojevich also was charged with illegally threatening to withhold state assistance to Tribune Co., the owner of the Chicago Tribune, in an attempt to strong-arm the newspaper into firing editorial writers who had criticized him.
The 51-year-old Democrat was also accused of engaging in pay-to-play politics _ that is, doling out jobs, contracts and appointments in return for campaign contributions.
“We were in the middle of a corruption crime spree, and we wanted to stop it,” U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said, calling the charges against Blagojevich “a truly new low.” He added: “The conduct would make Lincoln roll over in his grave.”
Federal investigators bugged the governor’s campaign offices and tapped his home phone, capturing conversations laced with profanity and tough-guy talk from the governor. Chicago FBI chief Robert Grant said even seasoned investigators were stunned by what they heard, particularly since the governor had known for three years was under investigation for alleged hiring fraud.
Blagojevich spokesman Lucio Guerrero had no immediate comment on the charges but issued a statement saying the “allegations do nothing to impact the services, duties or function of the state.”
The charges do not identify by name any of the political figures under consideration for the Senate seat, calling them only “Candidate 1,” “Candidate 2,” and so on. However, those being considered for the post include: Reps. Jesse Jackson Jr., Danny Davis, Jan Schakowsky and Luis Gutierrez; Illinois Senate President Emil Jones; and Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Director Tammy Duckworth.