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MinM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-23-12 09:17 PM
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Patrick Fitzgerald Resigns as U. S. Attorney
Edited on Wed May-23-12 09:24 PM by MinM
Source: Talking Points Memo

U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois Patrick J. Fitzgerald, one of the most high profile federal prosecutors in the country, is stepping down from his position after over a decade in the position. His resignation takes effect on June 30.

Fitzgerald, 51, has no future employment plans and will take the summer off before considering career options, his office said in a statement. He has been at the Justice Department for over 24 years and led the investigation into the leak of Valerie Plames status as a CIA agent and the prosecution of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

When I was selected for this position in 2001, I said that it was one of the greatest opportunities that one could ever hope for, and I believe that even more now after having the privilege of working alongside hundreds of dedicated prosecutors and agents, Fitzgerald said in a statement. I have tried not to get in their way. I extend my deepest appreciation to the attorneys and staff for their determined commitment to public service. This was a great office when I arrived, and I have no doubt that it will continue to be a great office.

Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement that Fitzgerald had served with the utmost integrity and a steadfast commitment to the cause of justice.

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Now that Patrick Fitzgerald has retired... The conviction of Scooter Libby and protection of Cheney becomes clearer.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-25-12 05:50 AM
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1. I have no idea what you intended the links to make clear to us.
Edited on Fri May-25-12 06:37 AM by No Elephants
Your "read more" link got me to your OP of a DU3 thread with the same article that you posted above.

Your "retired" link got me to the OP on this thread in which that very link appears.

Your "clearer" link got me to a post linking me to two videos about Hoover spying on the Kennedys and allegedly blackmailing them.

Your final link got me to a post of yours about Blago. However, Blago actually said very little and what little he said did not make a lot of sense. And, he was talking about federal agents during the Obama administration, so I am not clear how any of what Blago supposedly said relates to Libby's conviction.

How about a couple of declarative sentences, please?

What, in your suspicions, did Obama supposedly do that he was supposedly being blackmailed and/or intimidated about? Or were you trying to make the vaguer point that every President lives under the threat of being blackmailed and/or assassinated?

And, in your suspicions, how does supposedly blackmailing or threatening President Obama relate to the conviction of Libby during the Bush Administration?
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MinM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-25-12 06:30 AM
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2. Rod Blagojevich Hints That Feds Were After Barack Obama
Edited on Fri May-25-12 06:45 AM by MinM
Rod Blagojevich was actually the one making the broader point about what this may have been about.
..."This is a person determined to get his trophy," he said of U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.

Blagojevich told ABC News that shortly after his 2008 arrest, investigators tried to convince him to offer damaging information on "folks in higher places" in exchange for lenience. Blagojevich said that Obama, even more than himself, had a longstanding, close association with Antoin "Tony" Rezko, the Chicago real estate developer who had become the subject of his own federal probe one that ultimately led to Rezko's conviction on fraud and bribery charges. The former governor said his very first meeting with Obama, then about to join the Illinois senate, came by way of Rezko's personal introduction.

Blagojevich said that in late 2008, having just arrived in his jail cell, investigators approached him for information.

"When they had me in custody they were very clear about they wanted me to cooperate and talk about people in higher places ,and with all due respect to Mayor Daley, there's no one higher than Governor," he said.

"You're talking about then president-elect Obama?" Ross asked...

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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-25-12 06:39 AM
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3. I did not ask about that. What about answers to the questions I did ask?
Edited on Fri May-25-12 06:50 AM by No Elephants

I understood immediately that Blago was trying to convey that the feds were fishing for information about Obama without actually saying it. However, as I said in my prior post, he made no sense.

First we have to assume he was telling the truth, which is a big assumption.

Second, "Give me information about higher ups" does not mean "rat out Obama."

For one thing, that may well be a standard question in every single federal investigation. If it isn't, it should be.

For another thing, only in Blago's delusions is no one in goverhment higher up than Blago except for Obama.

Third, what does what Blago hinted at have to do with Libby's conviction?

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MinM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-25-12 01:16 PM
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5. Patrick Fitzgerald
Edited on Fri May-25-12 01:26 PM by MinM
is a scholar and a gentleman. So my guess would be that you are correct. His motivations are purely altruistic.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-26-12 02:23 AM
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6. I never made any statement about him, or implied one. I asked you a couple of questions of
Edited on Sat May-26-12 03:23 AM by No Elephants
of the many questions your own post raised. Which, for some reason, you have now twice refused to answer.

I automatically gave you the intellectual courtesy and respect of trying to understand what you were actually trying to say before replying at all to the substance of your OP, including following all your go-in-a-circle links.

My mistake.

Apparently, you would rather answer a question I never asked, or dishonestly imply that I posted something that I have never in my life even came close to posting, than respond directly to a request that you clarify whatever it is that you ostensiby were trying to communicate to us.

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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-25-12 12:15 PM
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4. Fitzmas has arrived in less than 48 Business Hours!
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MinM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-05-12 09:16 AM
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7. from Holder to Holding...
Another Witchhunt (of a Democrat) Ends with ZERO Convictions
by: mooncat
Thu May 31, 2012 at 21:40:35 PM CDT

George Holding, the North Carolina prosecutor who initiated the investigation of Edwards and pressed for his indictment, is a staunch Republican who remained in office during the Obama Administration thanks -- oh-so-ironically -- to the backlash against the politicization of federal prosecutors by the Bush Administration. Holding spoke openly about seeking partisan political office while still serving as a U.S. Attorney, stepped down to run for Congress just after indicting Edwards, and has used the indictment as a centerpiece of his political campaign, while repeatedly criticizing the president who permitted him to holdover as U.S. Attorney for North Carolina's Eastern District. In pre-trial motions, the defense has alleged not just that Holding had political ambitions but that he harbored outright bias against Edwards as well.

John Edwards 'not guilty' on one count; mistrial declared on remaining charges

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