Archy Cary, writing for Big Journalism, details the strange case of an FBI Mole, Bernard Barton Jr., who appears to have first hand knowledge that would implicate Obama in crimes involving Rezko and Blagojevich but who has never been called by Patrick Fitzgerald, the prosecutor, to testify in cases involving those men.
Today, conventional wisdom seems to perceive U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald as being an "untouchable" whose credentials for integrity and diligence are above reproach. But there is a minority opinion that he acted to keep then presidential candidate Obama's name out of the Rezko trial, just as President Obama's name now stands to be kept out of the Blagojevich trial, if indeed, there is one.
While lawyers for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich were shot down Friday by U.S. District Judge James Zagel in their bid to drag President Obama into testifying at his trial, they succeeded in at least one respect. They exposed just how determined federal prosecutors and the judge seem to be to keep Obama out of the Blago fray as much as possible.
To date, Bernard Barton, Jr. (AKA John Thomas) has never been called before a public jury to tell what he knows. Nor has he been sentenced for his crimes going back to the late 1990's.
It wouldn't be the first time, if true. Fitz obfuscated the truth for years so that today most people never realize that it was Richard Armitage that told Robert Novak about Valerie Plame, that he and his boss then Secretary of State Colin Powell, covered this up so President Bush and Karl Rove and Lewis Libby among others bore the brunt of public enmity and suspicion. Nor was he bothered when it came out at trial that Armitage had called witnesses before they testified to influence what they said.