Friday, June 10, 2011

Will Obama release Blagojevich emails?

While the vultures in the mainstream media continue to pour through thousands of Sarah Palin's emails from her time as Governor of Alaska, emails sent between Barack Obama's 2008 transition team and associates of ousted Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich will likely remain under wraps for the foreseeable future.

As the Politico noted in December of 2008:
Whatever such records exist may never see the light of day, thanks to a gap in government records disclosure laws that allows presidential transition teams to keep their documents — even those prepared using taxpayer dollars — out of the public record...

A spokeswoman for President-elect Barack Obama said the transition team was not covered by a public information law that Politico cited in requesting copies of Obama staffers’ emails and notes about Blagojevich’s efforts to fill the Senate seat Obama vacated after winning the presidency...

Records — particularly emails sent between transition team staffers or between the team and Blagojevich associates — could shed more light on what Obama’s inner circle knew about Blagojevich’s alleged plot, what they thought about it and whether they contacted law enforcement...
But I guess Sarah Palin's tanning beds - the ones she purchased with her own money - are more important than Obama's contacts with Rod Blagojevich. Which undoubtedly is also the reason why the Judge presiding over the Blago trial rejected a request from defense attorneys to be given access to the 2008 FBI interviews with President Barack Obama.

An FBI interview, after all, is just words; it is clearly not as significant as a tanning bed...