Blagojevich Scheme Targeted Emanuel

Posted April 3, 2009 at 10:00am

Former Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) was the target of an alleged 2006 extortion scheme by then-Gov. Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D), the Associated Press reported.The attempted extortion was detailed in a 16-count federal indictment against Blagojevich issued Thursday, but the alleged target was identified only as “Congressman A.—According to the 75-page indictment, Blagojevich attempted to blackmail the unnamed House lawmaker by demanding a fundraiser in exchange for releasing $2 million in state funds to a publicly supported school.Blagojevich ultimately released some funds to the school for expenses it had incurred, although no fundraiser had been held, the indictment continued.The AP cited unnamed attorneys familiar with the case in its identification of Emanuel, now President Barack Obama’s chief of staff.In addition to two counts of attempted extortion, Blagojevich is also charged with 11 counts of wire fraud and one count of racketeering conspiracy, extortion conspiracy and making false statements.He was charged along with his his brother, Rob, two former aides and two business associates.Blagojevich was impeached in December and removed from office in January.