Gov. Rod Blagojevich Arrested On Federal Charges
According the a release from the U.S. Attorney’s office, Gov. Blagojevich and his Chief of Staff, John Harris, were arrested today by FBI agents on federal corruption charges alleging that they and others are engaging in ongoing criminal activity: conspiring to obtain personal financial benefits for Blagojevich by leveraging his sole authority to appoint a United States Senator; threatening to withhold substantial state assistance to the Tribune Company in connection with the sale of Wrigley Field to induce the firing of Chicago Tribune editorial board members sharply critical of Blagojevich; and to obtain campaign contributions in exchange for official actions – both historically and now in a push before a new state ethics law takes effect January 1, 2009.
Blagojevich, 51, and Harris, 46, both of Chicago, were each charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and solicitation of bribery. They were charged in a two-count criminal complaint that was sworn out on Sunday and unsealed today following their arrests, which occurred without incident.
Busted, for bigtime corruption. Cabinet posts, ambassadorships, the whole enchilada. More on it later.
Will he do like the former governor of Puerto Rico and remain in office until he’s voted out of office?
We’ll find out soon enough.
Details Of Complaint Against Blagojevich has the actual complaint. Jim Lindgren at the Volokh Conspiracy looks into the ties to SEIU, the ACORN-related union that has been close to Obama for many years, and the indictment.
Obama and the SEIU
I can’t wait for the “Office of the President Elect”s statement to the effect of “that wasn’t the Blago I knew!” 7:00PM Well, that didn’t take long.
Allahpundit has the video of Blago “asking the world to tape his phone calls.”
Obama’s Old Senate Seat, on sale on eBay!
In the spirit of entrepeneurship, Steve‘s selling the office of Governor of the State of Illinois.