The Chicago papers have been all over this case.
The Blotter yesterday.
… .. In court, prosecutors said Rezko had become a “flight risk”
because of his secretive transactions in the Mideast.
According to the court filings, the money came from a company, General
Mediterranean, owned by a British-based Iraqi billionaire, Nadhmi Auchi, who
was convicted in France on fraud charges.
The filing says when Auchi was unable to obtain a visa to visit the
United States in 2005, Rezko intervened and “asked certain Illinois government
officials” to appeal the State Department’s ruling.
The officials who Rezko approached are not specified. Sen. Obama had just
taken office as a U.S. senator in 2005, the same year he sought Rezko’s help
in the purchase of his home. … ..
I wonder what “certain Illinois officials” appealed to the State
Department for Rezko on Auchi’s behalf? Governor Blagojevich? Could he pull strings and get a visa through the federal government? If not him, who? Some reports say it’s someone in his administration. You can bet Patrick
Fitzgerald will find out.
There’s more too, with ABC News really the only outlet willing to follow
the Rezko smell.
… .. The Obama campaign statements have left some campaign finance
watchdogs perplexed. “I don’t understand why they didn’t do a top-to-bottom
audit and divest themselves of these funds,” said Cynthia Canary of the
Illionois Campaign for Political Reform.
The revelation that Rezko may have used “straw donors”
to funnel tainted money to Obama’s 2004 Senate campaign has further cast a
cloud of suspicion over the Rezko-linked contributions. The Chicago
Sun-Times reported on Jan. 20 that Obama was the unnamed “political candidate
” referred to in a court document in the Rezko case last month accusing
Rezko of directing two associates to contribute to Obama’s campaign, and reimbursing
them with money from an kickback scheme.
Rezko was arrested yesterday after his bail was revoked. There were reports he was moving money around and obviously people thought he might be a flight risk. Ya think?
The wingnuts are being awfully quiet on this one, though Townhall took it on today.
Here’s the background on the case if you’re new to the intrigue.
Martin Lewis offers the punchline.