Harris: Obama knew of Blagojevich plot

A top aide to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich said he believed Barack Obama knew of Blagojevich’s plot to win himself a presidential Cabinet post in exchange for appointing Valerie Jarrett to the U.S. Senate.

John Harris, Blagojevich’s former chief of staff, testified Wednesday in the former governor’s corruption trial that three days after the Nov. 4, 2008, presidential election, the ex-governor told Harris he felt confident Obama knew he wanted to swap perks.

John Harris, Rod Blagojevich’s ex-chief of staff, said he was convinced Barack Obama knew of the quid pro quo Blagojevich expected for a Senate nod.

“The president understands that the governor would be willing to make the appointment of Valerie Jarrett as long as he gets what he’s asked for. . . . The governor gets the Cabinet appointment he’s asked for,” Harris said, explaining a recorded call.

Harris said Blagojevich came away believing Obama knew what he wanted after having a conversation with a local union representative, who in turn spoke with labor leader Tom Balanoff, with whom Blagojevich met to discuss a Jarrett appointment. Jarrett, now a White House adviser, was seeking the appointment to Obama’s Senate seat.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Bartin/1749260923 Steve Bartin

    Attention Daily Caller this article is from the Chicago Sun-Times not the Tribune.

  • clw

    In Chicagoland, between the pay-to-play politics of the unions, teamsters, casinos, city council, government contracts… and the ACORNish ‘get-out-the-vote’ practices whereby you sign up every politically uninformed person you can find and get them to vote Democratic based on govt handout policies or ‘illegal-immigration-favorable/sanctuary city’ promises, you can’t win! When you cast your vote in Illinois you do so fully aware that your vote counts as nothing, never will, and your hopes for anything better will never be realized. We need a MAJOR conservative shift in Illinois, and NOW.

  • billbrady

    I take a quick look at that picture and only one word comes to mind: Polygraph.

  • erick1740

    Obama a criminal??!! Say it isn’t so!

  • Amazingoly

    Looks and sounds like Obama took tar balls from Chicago to the White House 18 months ago. Who, me he says? Answer – YES

  • ojfl

    Ok. Now what? Will Rahm Emanuel fall on his sword to protect the president and prevent him from testifying? But I guess we will never know if president Obama really knew about it. However the damage is done and the question is now in the open.

  • Momma M

    Of course he knew. Did anyone doubt that? It’s Chicago… It’s politics, … It’s corrupt. Obumbo will ultimately have to face the music on this one… Before OR after 2012!
    Blagojevich is just the right man to expose him… He’ll not go down alone for this… I believe this has been “par for the course” (to put it in terms our prez can understand) in Chicago politics for a very long time….