So I just gave a quick read to the Obama / Blagojevich report, which can be found at The Smoking Gun. To me, something seems fishy.
Mr. Emanuel had one or two telephone calls with Governor Blagojevich. Those conversations occurred between November 6 and November 8, 2008. Soon after he decided to accept the President-Elect’s offer to serve as Chief of Staff in the White House, Mr. Emanuel placed a call to the Governor to give him a heads up that he was taking the Chief of Staff’s position in the White House, and to advise him that he would be resigning his seat in the House of Representatives. They spoke about Mr. Emanuel’s House seat, when he would be resigning and potential candidates to replace him. He also had a brief discussion with the Governor about the Senate seat and the merits of various people whom the Governor might consider.
Question 1. Was it one call, or was it two? In the age of the cell phone, pulling up calling records takes just a few moments.
Question 2. Why, in preparation of a report destined for intense scrutiny and on behalf of the president elect, did Greg Craig not ask Mr. Emanuel for a copy of his telephone records in order to ensure that report cited the precise number of conversations between he and the Governor?
Question 3. If it was one conversation, why did Greg Craig, in his second sentence, state “Those conversations” and not a more ambiguous “the conversation(s)”?
Question 4. Were the conversations on November 6, November 7, or November 8? I mean, technically, if they occurred “between November 6 and November 8,” then the only possibility is that the conversations occurred on November 7.
Question 5. When did Mr. Emanuel contact the Governor to give him the “heads up” regarding his acceptance of the Chief of Staff position. Is that covered in the “between November 6 and November 8,” or is that on a different date?
Question 6. The last sentence I cited is written in an ambiguous-enough fashion to separate it from the calls between November 6 and November 8. Why not list the exact date of the call?
I know my questions seem superficial and possibly even partisan or petty, but I grew up surrounded by Chicago politics. I know when the machine is operating at full speed, as it is right now.
I have a feeling we have not heard the end of this.