Defending Blago..or Spare the Rod ?

The 76 page FBI affidavit accusing Illinois Guv. Rod Blagojevich of egregious corruption is mainly based on secretly taped telephone conversations. As in all court-approved federal wire-taps there are limits on what officials can tape… e.g.only conversations directly related to the investigation. If a taped conversation segues into another non-related topic the taping must cease, or that part of the conversation must be edited. The taped conversations released in the affidavit contain edited conversations. A source close to the case has provided PraaJek with transcripts of the unedited wiretapped conversations: here are a few of them…and sure, Blago does use spirited language…but it’s his way of expressing his passion for doing good…these expurgated comments shed a distinctly different light on Blago’s guilt or innocence. (The edited excerpts are in BOLD and Yellow )

The affidavit quoted the governor on a telephone call the day before Obama won his historic presidential victory talking about driving a “hard bargain.” (“for the good people of Illinois”) Blagojevich called the Senate seat “a [expletive] valuable thing. You just don’t give it away for nothing.” (“because it’s the peoples’ seat…and that’s priceless.”)

“I’ve got this thing and it’s [expletive] golden and uh, uh, I’m not just giving it up for [expletive] nothing,” (the people of Illinois deserve the best…it’s their gold and I intend to protect it.)he said two days later, according to the affidavit.

Blagojevich said he knew that Obama’s top choice was a certain candidate “but ‘they’re not willing to give me anything except appreciation,” (but that’s all I’d really expect…justa a little appreciation…) Blagojevich said to his chief of staff John Harris on Nov. 11. “F—k them.”(if they don’t even appreciate the fact that I’m just trying to serve the people of this great state.)

“During the call, Rod Blagojevich stated, ‘Unless I get something (for the citizens of Illinois which will be) real good for [Senate Candidate 1], s–t, I’ll just send myself (back down to Springfield) to, (“select the best possible person for this important senate seat”) you know what I’m saying?’ ” the affidavit says.

Blagojevich said that the consultants are telling him that he has to “suck it up” (“which I’m certainly willing to do”) for two years and (“I’ll be happy to”) do nothing and give this (“great new president ..and by the way…anyone who says he’s not great is a”) “motherf***er [the President-elect] his senator. F*** him (“and anyone who would get in the way of our great new President Barack Obama”) For nothing? (“would ever stop me from trying to do the right thing”.) F*** him.” (“and anyone else who would advise me to the contrary.”)

Got a lot more…stay tuned for further expurges.

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