Blago Accidentally Reveals Allegations Against Obama

Screw-up reveals redacted info

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 23, 2010 9:54 AM CDT

(Newser) – Rod Blagojevich's defense team asked the judge to subpoena Barack Obama yesterday with a motion that was supposed to be heavily redacted. But whoever redacted it did a lousy job; the blacked out text could be easily read just by copying and pasting it, as Capital Fax revealed. Here's what Blago's lawyers allege in the redacted portions:

  • Obama lied about his conversations with Tony Rezko. The lawyers say Obama turned down a fundraiser Rezko offered him in exchange for favorable legislative action. Obama has denied even having such a conversation.

  • Obama directly recommended Valerie Jarrett for his old Senate seat, and gave Blagojevich a list of four candidates he considered acceptable.
  • One of Obama's supporters offered to raise money for Blagojevich if he picked Jarrett.
  • Obama had a secret phone call with Blagojevich in December—though the document doesn't say what was discussed.
You can read the full redacted sections at NBC Chicago.

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich accompanied by U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., left,  speaks at a news conference Thursday, Sept. 18, 2003 in Chicago.
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich accompanied by U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., left, speaks at a news conference Thursday, Sept. 18, 2003 in Chicago.   (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
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