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Holder, Blago, Richardson: Triangle of Sleaze

Written on Saturday, December 10, 2011 by

Barack Obama, Eric Holder

It was a rough week for the corruptocracy. White House officials better ho-ho-hold on tight because the sleigh ride isn’t going to get any smoother.

On Wednesday, disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, D-Ill., received a 14-year prison sentence for scheming to sell President Barack Obama’s Senate office, along with several other pay-for-play schemes. Blago played the distressed daddy for the federal judge, invoking his young daughters and wife (who held her notoriously foul tongue in check) to bemoan how his “life is in ruins.”

How far Blago’s fallen from the glory days of 2008, when he was gloating at the prospect of naming a candidate to fill then-President-elect Obama’s seat. “I’ve got this thing, and it’s f**king golden,” he crowed. All that glitters now, though, are the paparazzi flash bulbs that Blago faces on his perp walks.

Earlier this week, Bill Richardson, former Democratic governor of New Mexico, disgraced former presidential candidate and failed Obama Commerce Secretary nominee, faced new reports of a federal grand jury into his possible violations of campaign finance laws. The funny-money business is tied to an alleged mistress payoff a la disgraced former presidential candidate and Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C.

Additionally, the Wall Street Journal reports, investigators are probing how “Richardson’s close allies steered more than $2 billion of public money into investment funds run by money managers who in turn agreed to pay millions of dollars in consulting fees to high-profile Democratic fundraisers and other supporters of Richardson.”

The star that joined together this little constellation of sleaze? Disgraced U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

Holder and Blago go way back. Holder himself suffered selective amnesia about the relationship during his confirmation hearing. He somehow “forgot” to mention that Blagojevich had appointed him to probe corruption in Illinois casino licensing decisions. State officials had objected to Blago’s crony appointment of fundraiser Christopher Kelly to the state Gaming Board. Kelly’s business partner was now-convicted felon and shakedown artist Tony Rezko, Obama’s former bagman and real-estate fixer.

Holder pocketed $300,000 from Blago to “investigate” and — surprise, surprise — concluded that no corruption existed. They stood shoulder to shoulder at a 2004 news conference to make the announcement. But Holder failed to disclose it on his Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire, which he signed five days after Blagojevich’s arrest in December 2008 for putting Obama’s U.S. Senate seat up for sale.

After duping a Senate majority (including 19 Senate Republicans) into approving his AG nomination despite multiple admissions of failure, neglect and sabotage of the rule of law, Holder moved up to perform more cover-ups for Obama’s pals. In August 2009, Holder’s DOJ announced it was dropping federal corruption charges against Richardson after a yearlong federal probe into pay-to-play allegations involving one of his large political donors and state bond deals.

“It’s over. There’s nothing. It was killed in Washington,” a source close to the investigation told the Associated Press. Even as they tapped Richardson to serve as Obama’s first Commerce Secretary, the White House transition team knew about Richardson’s pay-to-play scandal involving a California company, CDR Financial Products. FBI and federal prosecutors had launched their probe of CDR’s activities in New Mexico in the summer of 2008.

The feds had been digging into a nationwide web of favor-trading between financial firms and politicians overseeing local government bond markets. CDR was tied to a doomed bond deal in Alabama, which, according to Bloomberg News, threatened to cause the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. CDR raked in nearly $1.5 million in fees from a New Mexico state financial agency after donating more than $100,000 to Richardson’s efforts to register Hispanic and Native American voters and to pay for expenses at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, the news service reported.

The state agency that awarded the money consisted of five Richardson appointees and five members of his gubernatorial cabinet. CDR made contributions both shortly before and after securing consultant work with the state of New Mexico. CDR’s president also contributed $29,000 to Obama’s presidential campaign. After Holder dropped the case, New Mexico Republicans blasted the lack of transparency in the decisions and the refusal to heed the advice of experienced, non-political prosecutors and FBI investigators.

Mother Jones writer James Ridgeway’s comment on the day of Richardson’s Commerce Secretary nomination withdrawal proved quite prescient: “It may be premature to say that Obama and his team have too high a tolerance for corruption. But this first self-destruct among his cabinet picks could well prove all the more damaging because it’s something they should have seen coming from miles away.”

The same applies, of course, to Holder himself — who admitted at a House hearing that the Operation Fast and Furious scandal under his watch was “flawed,” “reckless,” “tragic” and deadly.” How much longer will America tolerate this reign of error and terror?

Michelle Malkin is the author of “Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies” (Regnery 2010). Her e-mail address is malkinblog@gmail.com.

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  • Sonja M

    One after the other keep coming out of the woodwork with this administration!

    How many more will there be before somebody STOPS all of this corrupt idioacy???

    • Dean

      I’m beginning to wonder if there any good people left in Washington. If there are they better speak up or be forever squashed. I looks like we are going to need to do it ourselves.

    • joant

      When I read the article about Obama’s transition team, it jogged my memory, about one of the members listed, It was the Fort Hood doctor Major Nadal Hassan,listed as being affiliated with Walter Reed hospital. A friend pointed out his name at the time of the shooting. I forgot about it until now. Maybe, that’s why Hassan, who yelled Allah Akbar, as he shot and killed 14 of our young men and women is still not sentenced. The strangest part is our Government recently announced it as workplace violence, when it was clearly an act of terrorism. Some things just don’t fit what is going on in DC these days.

    • Tom Stewart

      The List Of Accomplices From The Illegal Signatures With ACORN Padding The Ballots In The 2008 Election, To The Entire Obama Czars Staff And “Friends” Which Are People That Donated To Obamas Run On The White House, To The Tony Rezko Real Estate Shady Deal In Purchasing Obamas Chi-Town Home 5046 So. Greenwood Ave 2010 Tax Form Show Owners 1/3 With 1/3 Chi-Town Ciruit Judge Jane L. Stuart, 1/3 Jesse C. Lee, This Property Had 6 Differant Pin Numbers. The Tax For 2010 Was Paid By Michelle & Barack Obama, Using A Stolen Social Security Number 042-68-4425, This Number Belonged To Jean Paul Ludwig Born In France In 1890 Emigrated To The USA In 1924 And Was Assigned 042-68-4425 March 1977 Lived Most Of His Adult Life In Connecticut Died In Hawaii. Pres Barack Hussein Obama Has Been Using This SSN Since He Was 15 Years Of Age, He Leaves More Than 58 Addresses And Several SSN Behind Also A Sel Ser Number 61-1125539-1 Forged With This Same SSN. Check It Out Gang Contact Lic Private Investigator Susan Daniels And Assoc. 9754 Thwing Rd Chardon, Ohio 44024 Tel No 440-286-4072 The Complete Story Of A “Foreign Exchange Student” On The “Dole” Becomes The Most Famous Imposter, The Manchurian Pres By Aaron Klein A Great Read. God Bless America And Susan Daniels A Real American.

    • jim 28th reg.

      It’s up to congress or the military to arrest and prosecute these criminals as no local or federal judge seems willing to stand up to their oath and support our Constitution. Tho my LORD JESUS will be the finale judge of them all – may HE come quickly.

  • http://adrianvance.blogspot.com Adrian Vance

    The number of honest men on Capitol Hill would all fit in a small school bus. The rest should be in that building when an asteroid falls on it. Where’s that smite, God?

    The Two Minute Conservative at http://adrianvance.blogspot.com for political analysis, science and humor. Daily on Kindle.

    • joant

      It would be a very small school bus– maybe a mini van.

  • Bree

    Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Blagojevich deserved the maximum and his accomplice wife deserved the fourteen years. You ruined more than one life in Illinois and your corruption knew no bounds in this already beleaguered State. The good people of Illinois have suffered enough.Your turn now.

    • Jackie

      Ain’t that the truth! I am so irritated when I hear comments about the sentence being too steep because after all, he didn’t molest anyone. The truth is he molested the entire state including the residents who are too stupid to figure it out. His grand plan was to be a two term governor, never raise taxes while continuing to drive the state into bankruptcy by buying votes with his handouts, then run for President. The way things are going in this country lately he would probably have won too!

    • Big Ugly, Wyoming

      What about Obama ….. who engineered the whole thing?

    • A Patriot

      Right – I was thinking, “Add Obama and make it a quad…”

    • joant

      Some others should have been charged, but skated due to cronyism.

    • Al

      The “PEOPLE” of Illinois can’t be too bright re: Blago, O’Bama, Rahm!

    • El Lobo Solo

      Most of down state Illinois votes GOP, then Chicago turns out to vote & the whole state goes Dems.

    • Joyce

      Blago’s one person who doesn’t want Obama to get re-elected Rezko is another one. They know that when Obama leaves office, They’ll be the first 2 crooks he’ll pardon.

  • fliteking

    The Blago outcome is not hard to figure out.

    He never spilled the beans.

    A Presidential pardon is pending, maybe as soon as 2012.

    • Jackie

      That might happen but I don’t really think Blaggo has anything on Obama or he would have used it a long time ago to make all this go away. He has had to endure impeachment and two very public and humiliating trials. I guess only time will tell.

    • eyzewydeopened

      Im an Il. resident. I kept hoping Blago would spill some beans re Obama. Truth is Obama owed Valierie Jarret, he wanted her to have his seat, but Blago got busted. I’m thinkin, maybe they were all in on the deal and when push came to shove, Blago was the fall guy. Obama knew all along, and Jarret got a better job. Blago fell on the knife, and he will either be pardoned and told to shut up, or pardoned and meet an untimely death, depending on wether Obama gets re-elected. God help us all. I wish Chicago would just become it’s own state.

    • Jackie

      As much as I would have loved to see Obama get taken down by Blagojevich, I just don’t think there is anything there. On one of the tapes Blaggo said he was not going to give the appointment to Obama’s choice, Jarrett, because Obama wouldn’t give him anything in return. Blaggo was already under federal investigation when he was reelected in 2006 so I don’t think Obama was about get himself involved with this idiot.

    • gmamesw

      He doesn’t want to be another Vince Foster–remember the guy that committed suicide in a park and had no gun and left no blood at the scene??????/

    • glenny

      fliteking,you may be right about that. Blago did say he wasn’t going down alone, that he was going to name names and he never did.

    • Gisela

      He is afraid the same thing will happen to him as happend to the priest that had an affair with obama

  • pacamomma

    It is not triplets, it’s quadruplettes, holder, obama, and the other two. this buck should stop at the dictators desk.

  • reba4freedom

    Michelle … right on article … you go, girl! I want to see the Obama and his Administration tried for treason against the Constitution and “rule of law.” And when found guilty, I don’t want them going to jail for life so we have to pay out to feed them; hang them high, or a shot to the head, works for me!

  • Big Ugly, Wyoming

    Catchy headline!
    But, you forgot …..
    “Obama – Prince of Sleaze”

    • http://juan-gilberto@hotmail.com El Lobo Solo

      Its not the “axis of evil”, its the “axis of *Sleazel”.

      *Sleazel.
      Is that a word?
      Heck, if the Administration can write its own rule book, I can write my own dictionary.
      LOL

  • VegasLarry

    Maybe they can all bunk together in the same cell block.. Ha Ha Ha

    • El Lobo Solo

      Awesome! That would be quite a trio.

      Los Tres Caballeros
      LOL

  • Ron Powell

    First of all an honest person couldn’t/wouldn’t work for Obama and as noted before several of his thugs were from his Chicago group of associates. Soros knew where to go to get the sleaziest minions to do his dirty work; Chicago. Chicago has given the state of Illinois a bad name and the people there would like to make Chicago a separate state they are so tired of the corruption there that affects the whole state.

    • http://AOL Ellen

      How sad that the “Land of Lincoln” has become such a cesspool.

    • http://n/a Scrappy2

      In comparing the crimes, crooks, and corruption of Chicago to DETROIT; Chicago makes Detroit look like Disney Land!

  • al duhan

    Blogo did the least criminal actions, and got 14 yeaqrs. Holder killed americans and thousand of mexicans and is laughing about it. He said he will keep doing it and Obama upholds his actions. I say they both need linching as in the older days. Give me the ropes and the nearest tree. I will support our American laws.

  • am2sweet

    It’s not just those three that are sleeze you can count most of the libs and dems along with them. They all seem to want the same thing and yet don’t mind thowing someone under the bus to save themselves. Obama is just as much to blame and should go down with Holder.

  • Bud

    TREASON!

  • Larry

    Each one of these people listed have one thing in common and that is they are all a part of the Organized crime and have the same associate Barrack Obama.

  • http://InternetExplorer Homer

    The question should really be, how long will CONGRESS sit on its’ ass and allow it to happen. This shows just how far the graft and corruption in OUR federal government really goes. Remember this in the next election. They all must go.

  • Tony N

    we can create more Jobs than either way by amending the 2005 Bankruptcy and Consumer Protection bill and close the Loop Hole that is allowing assets to be swallowed up by Derivatives holders like the Multi-National banks because the bill allows them to be first in line to seize these assets . The Money from MF Global Collapse is probably in the hands of these firms because of this 2005 Bankruptcy Loop Hole and this is causing massive asset confiscation that is a threat to USA Sovereignty if these assets can be seized by a International Firm without it being done in a Process under the Commerce Laws of the US Constitution .
    We need what this article suggests ;

    Let’s Make The Clawback Risk REAL Posted 2011-12-06 10:47
    by Karl Denninger
    http://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=198650

    Here is why this 2005 Bankruptcy and Consumer Protection Law is so bad for the Middle Class , all the small banks that have gone broke, see here, http://www.fdic.gov/bank/individual/failed/banklist.html ,or will have had their assets and those assets that belong to Middle Class people swallowed up by the International Bankers because of this 2005 Bankruptcy Law and that Directly infringes on the State sovereignty and commerce laws right ?

  • http://internet ron

    I would bet the farm that blago will be pardoned by 2012.

    • http://AOL Ellen

      Right — just look back at the pardons given by Clinton.

  • gmamesw

    Add Obama and you have sewer sludge!

  • http://pjtv.com skip gainer

    You have more than a triangle of sleaze,we have a very large landfill of sleaze running this country.

  • ronnie

    I think the American people should DEMAND that Holder ARREST ocommie for collecting a government paycheck on a STOLEN SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER!..oh..wait..uhm..ok bad idea…

  • C Caros

    California’s remember bill richardson as an embezzler who helped rip off $15 Million from a small Southern California Corporation but was saved by bill clinton who sent him off shore and an American ambassador or immunity.

  • tweety

    Don’t forget to include Obama in that circle of sleaze. Obama said he never met Blago — only saw him at a baseball game from a distance. There are a lot of pictures that I know of that plainly show Obama laughing with Blago and Daley. I guess if Obama says he never met him, we have to accept it, huh?

  • Gisela

    Obama is the Sleeze in chief and along with the rest of the Chicago Mob they run this country and our congress has no Balls to do anything about it

  • The Enemy

    Why is it than when a high-ranking outlaw official gets convicted of his crimes he gets a few months of “free time” to get his affairs in order before “reporting” for incarceration? A private citizen would go directly to jail.