[I got my timeline mixed up when I said that Rahm Emmanuel had a role as President Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff in assigning Patrick Fitzgerald the prosecution of Scooter Libby.
[I have moved the incorrect assertion to the bottom of the article so my critics can still point to it.]
Yesterday when Zach Fardon was finally sworn in as Fitzgerald’s replacement, what did Emmanuel do?
He called for the U.S. Attorney’s Office to spend more time on getting guns off the streets of Chicago.
I’m surprised he didn’t come right out and ask for half of the FBI Agents working on the two political corruption task forces to be re-assigned to the project.
In any event, it is important to try to figure out the real goals of politicians when they announce something newsworthy.
In Emmanuel’s case yesterday, some might argue that all he was trying to do was draw attention from the increased taxes and fees in his budget roll out.
My suspicious mind, however, thinks grabbing the front page of the Chicago Tribune in an attempt to intimidate the new U.S. Attorney, who made his reputation chasing political crooks, has more depth.
Emmanuel and other Democrats don’t want the Feds poking into the deals going down in city, suburban and state government.
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The original top of this article, which was incorrect:
In a reprise from the days when Rahm Emmanuel was President Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff, the now-Chicago Mayor is trying to divert the efforts of the U.S. Attorney’ Office from fighting political corruption.
While Patrick Fitzgerald was U.S. Attorney, the diversion came in the form of appointing Fitzgerald to prosecute Scooter Libby in the Valerie Plame affair.
That, of course, might have diverted his attention from corruption in northern Illinois.
There was also the report that the Chicago office of the U.S. Attorney was assigned to work on a treaty concerning Antarctica.
Get assistant U.S. Attorneys working on something else and there’s less manpower to prosecute political crooks.
It was not Emmanuel who tried to divert Fitzgerald from fighting political corruption in Illinois.
I assert it was the other half of John Kass’ “political combine.”
It was Illinois Establishment Republicans.