Posted by: iam0nly1 | June 21, 2008

Rezko: Evolution of Truth (Part Four)

[Here is the final installment of our series on Rezko. Thanks for reading.]

Rezko: No One Had Any Inkling

Herein lies the rub. 

Obama has taken hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions from Rezko in order to further his political career, and has placed this man on his previous two political campaign staffs.   

Further, Obama engaged in a land dealwith Rezko so that he could afford a house and attain a yard he otherwise could not afford.

He has also refused to disclose how much work he has actually done for Rezko, and maintains he had no knowledge of Rezko’s slum landlord status or corrupt ties while a state senator and subsequently, while running for the US Senate. 

Now, these things aren’t deal breakers on the face of it – it’s only a problem if Rezko was corrupt and Obama knew about it. We know Rezko is corrupt, and he has been conviction on 16 of 24 counts of corruption. In other words, what did Obama know and when did he know it?

January 2008

 

“No one had any inkling”

Sen. Obama, on at least two different live television interviews, asserted that no one had any idea that Rezko was having legal troubles or was involved in any sort of corruption at the time of his involvement with him. 

Obama on Rezko to CBS News:
“He was somebody who I knew and had been a supporter for many years. He was somebody who had supported a wide range of candidates all throughout Illinois. Nobody had an inkling that he was involved in any problems. “

 

Obama on Rezko to ABC:

“You know, the facts are this. This is somebody who was active in politics in Illinois, who I knew. Nobody had any indications that he was engaging in wrongdoing. At the point where he was engaging in alleged wrongdoing, it had nothing to do with me, and nobody has made that allegation. “

March 15, 2008

 

My Instinct Was to Believe Him

Obama admits to the Chicago Tribune that he knew of Rezko’s legal troubles and possible corrupt business dealings saying after he heard news reports in 2005, he asked Rezko about them. Rezko denied any wrongdoing. Obama says his “instinct was to believe him.” So, Obama has witnessed news reports divulging Rezko’s alleged corrupt activities and knows that legal troubles are brewing, but still chooses to engage in business dealings with a man who at worst is a corrupt liar, and at the least is being investigated.

Concerning the house deal, Obama confessed that it was a mistake “because Rezko was under grand jury investigation at the time of their 2005 and 2006 dealings.  

Obama also confessed, that in early 2005, he was aware of the growing controversies surrounding Rezko’s dealings with state and city government. In March 2005, it was alleged by city officials that a minority contractor at O’Hare International Airport acted as a front for a Rezko firm. According to Obama, he “started reading the reports that were surfacing,” and Rezko “gave me assurances that this wasn’t a problem.”

Obama knowingly misled the public – claiming he was unaware of any possibility of wrongdoing. Now, he claims he knew, but asked Rezko, and believed his assurances that he was not corrupt. Obama is now painting himself as the misled victim. Obama contended he should still be president even though he believed the musings of an individual being investigated by the FBI, while he vilified Senator Clinton for heeding the briefings of Pentagon and CIA officials about WMDs in Iraq. The double standard is glaring and self serving. 

At the least, Obama is naive and lacks the judgment he’s been touting. At the worst, he purposefully misrepresented and truth. Sadly, Obama proves the former and the latter are true in that he lied about what he knew, and now claims naivete and a severe lack of judgment. Both disqualify him as a good candidate for the President of the United States of America. 

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Responses

  1. annfurthermore,

    Would you like to counter the claims made in the post with your own evidence? Simply claiming something is a “smear” doesn’t make it one. Everything on this site it well researched, and supported with evidence that we link to.

    If you have a problem with the facts on this post, you need to take it up with ABC, CBS the Chicago Tribune.

    You are the one engaging in smear tactics.

  2. DoneDems is losing any credibility they wish to have by posting too many lies and false crap on this site. Stick to the truth and people will believe it, but these cheap shots and smear tactics are only backfiring. DoneDems is starting to sound more like a Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity site. Stick to actual FACTS guys and stop repeating these false Republican smears – OK? Otherwise, you’re no more credible than all of the GOP smear sites. Stick to issues, not cheap shots and lies.
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