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Written by: Diana West
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 9:10 AM 

Photo: Eric Holder with Gov. Blago at a 2004 press conference.

This is getting ridiculous.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

Before Eric Holder was President-elect Barack Obama's choice to be attorney general, he was Gov. Blagojevich's pick to sort out a mess involving Illinois' long-dormant casino license.

Blagojevich and Holder appeared together at a March 24, 2004, news conference to announce Holder's role as "special investigator to the Illinois Gaming Board" -- a post that was to pay Holder and his Washington, D.C. law firm up to $300,000.

Holder, however, omitted that event from his 47-page response to a Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire made public this week -- an oversight he plans to correct after a Chicago Sun-Times inquiry, Obama's transition team indicated late Tuesday.

My radio pal John Batchelor writes:

This story in the Chicago Sun-Times this morning does not add up.  In 2004 (one week after Obama won the Democratic primary for the Senate seat) Blago hired Eric Holder in order to run an "independent inquiry" ploy and bypass the legislature to get a casino to his very likely pay-for-play friends in Rosemont (in Chicago, the mob is called "the Outfit"), then the legislature nixed the hire as political expedience, then Holder left town and forgot about it.  Four years ago.  Then Holder filled out a confirmation hearing document and left out his work with Blago, just last Sunday December 14, 2008.  Okay.  People forget, as the Real Barack Obama generously acknowledges, though it is hard to avoid Blago's face on TV and in the Washington Post these days.  Even still,why was Holder paid $300,000?  Obama flack Stephanie Cutter asserts that, "Holder and his firm were paid no compensation from the state for this preparatory work."  There must be more to the tale.   Perhaps phone calls between Blago and Holder?   Does John Harris, the now resigned and presumed cooperating suspect, have memory of Blago and Holder and their deal?  Did Holder speak with Blago in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008?

 

 

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