Two months before he was convicted of federal corruption charges, political fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko told his trial judge that "overzealous" prosecutors were pressuring him to tell them about any wrongdoing involving Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama or Gov. Rod Blagojevich.Recently, we suggested the U.S. Attorney's Office might be interested in Obama.This is quite simple.If you closely associated with Tony Rezko and Allison Davis the Feds might be interested in you.The notion that Obama is Mr. Clean is quite funny.The Chicago Sun-Times has the actual letter.
But in a two-page typed letter, Rezko said he was never involved in any wrongdoing with either of the Democrats and wouldn't make up stories about them in an attempt to benefit himself.
Rezko's letter, which U.S. Dictrict Judge Amy St. Eve placed into his case file Wednesday, raised questions about whether federal prosecutors were probing allegations of wrongdoing involving Obama at a time in which the first-term Illinois senator was actively campaigning for the nomination against Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York.
"There has been absolutely no suggestion at any point during the entire course of this trial that Sen. Obama was involved in any improper action or conduct involving Tony Rezko, and at no point has Sen. Obama been contacted for an interview or for any information about Tony Rezko," said Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt. "Nothing in this letter indicates anything to the contrary."
Neither Obama nor Blagojevich have been charged with any wrongdoing.
Federal authorities have several active investigations involving Blagojevich and his administration over allegations of wrongdoing dealing with state hiring, contracts and campaign fundraising. Prosecutors alleged Rezko traded on his influence as a top adviser and fundraiser for the governor.
"They are pressuring me to tell them the 'wrong' things that I supposedly know about Governor Blagojevich and Senator Obama," Rezko wrote St. Eve in an April bid to be released on bail during his trial. "I have never been party to any wrongdoing that involved the Governor or the Senator," Rezko continued. "I will never fabricate lies about anyone else for selfish purposes. I will take what comes my way, but I will never hurt innocent people."
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Here's a front page story from the Chicago Tribune.The Chicago Tribune reports:
Posted by Steve Bartin at 6:51 AM