Gov. Rod Blagojevich [D-IL], along with his chief of staff, were arrested by the FBI today on federal corruption charges.
Read the full release detailing the charges from the US Attorney's office here.
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A federal complaint charges Gov. Rod Blagojevich with conspiring to sell or trade Obama's vacant senate seat for personal benefit, along with other corruption charges.
“"The breadth of corruption laid out in these charges is staggering," U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said in a statement. "They allege that Blagojevich put a 'for sale' sign on the naming of a United States senator; involved himself personally in pay-to-play schemes with the urgency of a salesman meeting his annual sales target; and corruptly used his office in an effort to trample editorial voices of criticism."” Chicago Tribune
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UPDATE NO. 1 - 1:30pm: Think Progress is reporting that Rahm Emanuel may be responsible for the FBI's quick action on Gov.Blagojevich today.
I am loving the idea that our incoming administration has actual scruples. You know, one of the many attributes of a fine character that has been in notably scarce supply for the past 8 years.
“Marcy Wheeler catches local Chicago press reporting that Rahm Emanuel may have tipped off federal investigators that Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) was engaging in corrupt acts. Jack Conaty, a Chicago reporter for the local Fox affiliate, said on-air that Rahm Emanuel might have been responsible for causing federal investigators to act quickly to apprehend Blagojevich this morning:.”