President Obama‘s first political scandal could be his last.
At least that’s what Judge Andrew Napolitano said while discussing a new lawsuit concerning former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich.
Judicial Watch is suing the Department of Justice for the notes of FBI interviews (known as 302’s) with Obama related to the agency’s criminal investigation of Blagojevich.
In 2011, Blagojevich was convicted on a dozen corruption charges for trying to sell Obama’s former Senate seat to the highest bidder. Blagojevich is now serving a 14-year sentence in a federal prison.
Judicial Watch wants to know how Obama, his senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, and Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel responded to Blagojevich’s illegal activities.
“It’s kind of interesting that what was Barack Obama’s first political scandal may turn out to also be his last political scandal, depending upon where this goes,” Napolitano told Fox & Friends.
In a press release, Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said the American people deserve to know what role Obama played, if any, in Blagojevich’s criminal acts:
“The FBI interviewed Barack Obama eight years ago about the selling of his Senate seat. The American people should finally get to see these FBI interview reports.
The public has a right to know precisely how Obama and his senior White House advisors Emanuel and Jarrett responded to Blagojevich’s corrupt attempts sell Obama’s Senate seat.”
Judge Napolitano said he doesn’t expect the lawsuit to go anywhere.
“The policy is, unused evidence in a criminal case – because they were never called as witnesses against him – is secret to protect the witness,” Napolitano said.
Still, Napolitano said it was “fascinating” that a political scandal from the past is coming back to haunt Obama in the last month of his presidency.
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