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Rod Blagojevich, former governor of Illinois and Rahm Emanuel, current White House Chief of Staff.

CHICAGO / With week number three of his trial getting underway, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is not saying a word about a report out this morning that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel may quit this year.

The report, in the British newspaper Telegraph, quotes a Democratic consultant who characterized Emanuel as being fed up with the “idealism” of President Obama and those in his inner circle.

(Read the report in the Telegraph.)

“I would bet he will go after the midterms,” the Democratic consultant told the Telegraph.

The consultant told the paper that Emanuel is trying to line up the right job offer to explain his departure.

But was there a plan to leave all along?  And this just an excuse to exit?

Just after accepting the top post with Obama, Rahm Emanuel discussed with Blagojevich the possibility of keeping his congressional seat “warm” for him for a couple of years, detailed in Blagovich’s book THE GOVERNOR. 

(Read about THE GOVERNOR on Amazon.) 

Blagojevich writes that although publicly Emanuel gave the public an impression that he was making a sacrifice to serve Obama as Chief of Staff, privately Emanuel expressed interest in returning in two years to his elected position because he was on track to become U.S. House speaker and he wanted someone who could occupy his Congressional seat until he could return.  

He wanted Blagojevich to appoint that person.  There were apparently discussions between Blagojevich and Emanuel about whether the governor had the authority to to appoint an interim replacement.  It turns out that an appointment could not be made and a special election would need to be held.

The report in the Telegraph appears to validate the truthfulness of Blagojevich’s account of conversations that the former governor had with Emanuel.  Emanuel has never denied or confirmed Blagojevich’s revelations in THE GOVERNOR.

“Gov. Blagojevich stands by what he wrote in the book,” says Glenn Selig, the governor’s spokesman.  “I don’t beleive it’s appropriate to offer further comment at this time.”

(Visit Blagojevich’s website at http://www.governorrod.com and on Twitter @governorrod.)

Blagojevich is accused of trying to “sell” Obama’s U.S. Senate seat.  He flatly denies the allegation. 

Emanuel, Blagojevich says, was told to execute a plan to appoint the daughter of his political nemisis, Michael Madigan, the speaker of the Illinois House, in exchange for  Madigan’s support in passing Blagojevich’s programs that Madigan had been stalling. 

The day after Blagojevich says he had given word to Emanuel to execute the political deal, he was arrested and changed with corruption.

Emanuel has been subpoenaed to testfity at the Blagojevich trial in Chicago.


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