Washington Babylon — December 9, 2008, 2:52 pm

Parental Warning: Uncensored Highlights From Blagojevich Complaint

A tip for finding the juiciest parts of the feds’ Blagojevic complaint: seach for the word “fuck.” A few examples:

  1. On November 11, 2008, ROD BLAGOJEVICH talked with JOHN HARRIS
    about the Senate seat. ROD BLAGOJEVICH suggested starting a 501(c)(4) organization (a
    non-profit organization that may engage in political activity and lobbying) and getting “his
    (believed to be the President-elect’s) friend Warren Buffett or some of those guys to help us
    on something like that.” HARRIS asked, “what, for you?” ROD BLAGOJEVICH replied,
    “yeah.” Later in the conversation, ROD BLAGOJEVICH stated that if he appoints Senate
    Candidate 4 to the Senate seat and, thereafter, it appears that ROD BLAGOJEVICH might
    get impeached, he could “count on [Senate Candidate 4], if things got hot, to give [the Senate
    seat] up and let me parachute over there.” HARRIS said, “you can count on [Senate
    Candidate 4] to do that.” Later in the conversation, ROD BLAGOJEVICH said he knows
    that the President-elect wants Senate Candidate 1 for the Senate seat but “they’re not willing
    to give me anything except appreciation. Fuck them.”

  2. On November 5, 2008, ROD BLAGOJEVICH talked with Advisor A about
    the Senate seat. During the phone call, ROD BLAGOJEVICH stated that
    the President-elect
    can remove somebody from a foundation and give the spot to ROD BLAGOJEVICH. In
    regards to the Senate seat, ROD BLAGOJEVICH stated “I’ve got this
    thing and it’s fucking
    golden, and, uh, uh, I’m just not giving it up for fuckin’ nothing.
    I’m not gonna do it. And,
    and I can always use it. I can parachute me there.”

  3. During the call, ROD BLAGOJEVICH’s wife can be heard in the
    background telling ROD BLAGOJEVICH to tell Deputy Governor A “to hold up that
    fucking Cubs shit. . . fuck them.” ROD BLAGOJEVICH asked Deputy Governor A what
    he thinks of his wife’s idea. Deputy Governor A stated that there is a part of what ROD
    BLAGOJEVICH’s wife said that he “agree[s] with.” Deputy Governor A told ROD
    BLAGOJEVICH that Tribune Owner will say that he does not have anything to do with the
    editorials, “but I would tell him, look, if you want to get your Cubs thing done get rid of this
    Tribune.” Later, ROD BLAGOJEVICH’s wife got on the phone and, during the continuing
    discussion of the critical Tribune editorials, stated that Tribune Owner can “just fire” the
    writers because Tribune Owner owns the Tribune.

That’s five times in the excerpts above. See if you can find the other thirteen.

Share
Single Page

More from Ken Silverstein:

From the November 2013 issue

Dirty South

The foul legacy of Louisiana oil

Perspective October 23, 2013, 8:00 am

On Brining and Dining

How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy

Postcard October 16, 2013, 8:00 am

The Most Cajun Place on Earth

A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits 

Get access to 164 years of
Harper’s for only $39.99

United States Canada

CATEGORIES

THE CURRENT ISSUE

October 2014

Cassandra Among the
Creeps

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

“Today Is Better Than Tomorrow”

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

PBS Self-Destructs

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The Monkey Did It

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

view Table Content

FEATURED ON HARPERS.ORG

Post
"In mid-August, hundreds of displaced Christians who had fled to Erbil were moved by Kurdish authorities into the concrete shell of a half-built mall. "
Photograph by Sebastian Meyer
Article
“Today Is Better Than Tomorrow”·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

“Iraq has every disease there is; its mind is deranged with too many voices, its organs corrupted, its limbs only long enough to tear at its own body.”
Photograph by Benjamin Busch
Post
Flying Blind·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

“President Obama’s war against the Islamic State will represent, by a rough count, the eighth time the U.S. air-power lobby has promised to crush a foe without setting boot or foot on the ground.”
Article
The Monkey Did It·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

“In Murakami’s fiction, what presents itself as a key reveals itself simultaneously to be a keyhole.”
Illustration by Steven Dana
Article
PBS Self-Destructs·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

“The present state of PBS, the result of built-in deficiencies and ideological conflicts, was almost an inevitability.”
Illustration by Thomas Allen

Estimated percentage of U.S. gasoline consumption that occurs during traffic jams:

4

In India, 1.8 million female children were estimated to have died between 1985 and 2005 as an indirect result of domestic violence against their mothers; the boys of abused mothers were not at increased risk of death.

Vanilla latte and lemon pound cake continued to be the best-selling items at the Starbucks at CIA headquarters, where baristas do not write customers’ names on their cups.

Subscribe to the Weekly Review newsletter. Don’t worry, we won’t sell your email address!

HARPER’S FINEST

In Praise of Idleness

By

I hope that after reading the following pages the leaders of the Y. M. C. A. will start a campaign to induce good young men to do nothing. If so, I shall not have lived in vain.

Subscribe Today