Singing like a “Soprano”
In June 2008 Tony Rezko was convicted for money laundering and corruption. His initial sentencing was scheduled for September 3rd, 2008 but the prosecutor filed for an extension until October 28th, 2008.
The reason for the extension is up for speculation at this point, but insiders to the case say it is because Rezko wants to cut a deal to lessen his jail time and is singing like a canary.
Early in Obamas’ campaign the Rezko relationship was raised and in typical Obama style said that “it was a bone head thing to do” in replying to questions raised about the real estate deal he received from Rezko.
Obama states it was a completely innocent and harmless transaction, much ado about nothing! He insisted that there is nothing here because there was no “quid pro quo”, meaning Obama gave nothing of value in return for the deal. But, was there a quid pro quo? Some say yes, and here is how!
The “quid pro quo” was for Alexi Giannoulias. an acquaintance of Obama and Rezko!
The quid pro quo may end up in an indictment for Obama and a possible prison term, probably after he is elected as President of the United States, if he wins.
Alexi Giannoulias was elected as Illinois State Treasurer (at age 30) with the backing of Obama. After he won the election, Giannoulias pledged to raise $100,000 to the Oval Office bid for Obama. If you are asking, is this the quid pro quo, no it is not! The backing of Obama was.
Alexi Giannoulias hails from a certain crime family in Chicago that privately own a bank called Broadway bank. This is the same bank that Obama deposited his 2004 Senate Campaign funds.
Alexi Giannoulisas kept his promised and held a fundraiser at a Greek restaurant in Chicago that was not on Obamas public calendar. The event was also off limits to any representatives from the press corps.
So, with the canary talking, will it extend to the height of a “quid pro quo” for Obama with Rezko? We should know by the end of the month when sentencing is handed down and details emerge about any possible plea deal.