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Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking FBI interview records of then-President-elect Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel, and Valerie Jarrett. Obama and his aides were interviewed as part of the initial investigation of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, who was sentenced to fourteen years in federal prison for attempting to sell Obama’s vacated Senate seat (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No 1:16-cv-00576)).
On December 18, 2008, about a week after Blagojevich’s arrest, then-President-elect Barack Obama was questioned at his Chicago transition office by two assistant United States attorneys and two FBI agents for 2 hours about the scandal surrounding the alleged sale of the Senate seat he vacated in 2008. Judicial Watch is seeking the FBI summaries from this interview.
In January 2009, Judicial Watch released documents from the office of then-Governor Rod Blagojevich related to Blagojevich’s contacts with President-elect Obama and his transition team. The documents include a December 3, 2008, letter from Barack Obama following his December 2, 2008, meeting with Blagojevich as well as a November 17, 2008, letter signed by Presidential Transition Team co-chairs Valerie Jarrett and John Podesta providing Blagojevich with a list of transition team contacts. These documents tend to undermine Obama’s claims that he had no contact with Blagojevich.
Blagojevich was convicted on 17 of the 20 public corruption charges against him, some of which have been vacated. He is not scheduled for release until 2024. The Supreme Court has refused to hear his appeal on the 13 remaining corruption charges. A federal judge has scheduled Blagojevich to be resentenced on June 30, 2016.
originally posted by: Aliensun
a reply to: xuenchen
Good. If nothing else comes of this, perhaps it is a move to get the spotlight on the issue and to prevent Obama from presenting the imprisoned ex-governor with a pardon as he leaves office. Frankly, I suspect that is what this new issue is really about.