FBI Moves to Protect Obama – Court Rules FBI Can Keep 302 Interview Notes With Obama From His Senate-Selling Scandal Secret
Barack Obama, Rod Blagojevich
Judicial Watch has been working to get their hands on the 302 notes of Barack Obama’s FBI interview about the attempted sale of his Illinois Senate seat and the FBI is fiercely fighting to keep the notes under wraps.
Shortly after Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election, then-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich attempted to sell Obama’s vacant Senate seat in exchange for political favors.
Blagojevich reportedly approached Barack Obama and other intermediaries about the plot, however, Obama declined to make a deal…according to media reports.
Blago eventually approached Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr,’s supporters and offered Obama’s Senate seat in exchange for $1.5 million in ‘campaign donations’ but broke off the deal when he found out the feds were wiretapping him.
Blago ended up taking the fall and landed in prison while Obama skated scrutiny as he entered his first term as US President.
Via Judicial Watch:
Over the course of two criminal trials in 2010 and 2011, Blagojevich was convicted of 18 separate offenses and, in December 2011, was sentenced to 168 months in jail. In 2015, an appellate court overturned five of Blagojevich’s convictions and affirmed the remainder. On August 12, 2016, Blagojevich was resentenced to the same, 68-month jail term he had received previously.
Judicial Watch had asked the FBI to produce the 302s, pursuant to FOIA, in June 2011. The FBI confirmed the records’ existence in 2012, but denied the request, asserting that the 302s were exempt from disclosure under FOIA Exemption 7(A) because Blagojevich’s criminal case was still ongoing at the time. Judicial Watch filed suit to try to obtain the 302s in May 2016, after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review Blagojevich’s convictions. It closed that initial lawsuit while Blagojevich was being resentenced. Judicial Watch refiled its lawsuit after Blagojevich was resentenced.
Over 10 years ago, FBI interviewed Barack Obama about sale of his Senate seat. There's a FBI "302" report of interview.
Rather than releasing document, DOJ has fought @JudicialWatch tooth and nail to keep it secret.
We have court hearing tomorrow…https://t.co/7gNtD784Ml
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) March 28, 2019
As expected, the FBI on Tuesday moved to protect Barack Obama and a court ruled the FBI notes from his interview about the attempt to sell his Senate should be kept secret.
Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton vowed to appeal again and keep fighting for these documents.
“FBI/DOJ going out of their way to protect Obama. Today, a court ruled FBI can keep interview notes of Obama from his Senate seat-selling scandal secret. We will appeal, again,” Fitton said.
FBI/DOJ going out of their way to protect Obama. Today, a court ruled FBI can keep interview notes of Obama from his Senate seat-selling scandal secret. We will appeal, again. https://t.co/TuO8QFr1eq
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) June 25, 2019
“The FBI interviewed Barack Obama about the selling of his Senate seat. The American people should finally get to see these FBI interview reports,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The public has a right to know precisely how Obama and his senior White House advisors Emanuel and Jarrett responded to Blagojevich’s corrupt attempts sell Obama’s Senate seat.”
Obama’s vacant Senate seat and White House seat were both manipulated by fixers and up for sale…strange coincidence, isn’t it?
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