UPDATE: Multiple sources now reporting that the Feds have charged Blagojevich with criminal charges stemming from Federal corruption statutes.
The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the Feds have at long last come to haul off IL Gov Rod Blagojevich. This, of course, is no surprise, given that Blagojevich was exposed as a crook during his election campaign and the Rezko sharks have been circling him for months. The interesting part of this story is that despite knowing that he was the subject of a Federal investigation, the Feds think that he simply can’t stop his pay-for-play ways:
A source said today that Gov. Rod Blagojevich was taken into federal custody at his North Side home this morning. The U.S. attorney’s office would not confirm the information, and a spokesman for the governor did not immediately return a phone call for comment.
A three-year federal corruption investigation of pay-to-play politics in Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s administration has expanded to include his impending selection of a new U.S. senator to succeed President-elect Barack Obama, the Tribune has learned.
Federal authorities got approval from a judge before the November general election to secretly record the governor, sources told the Tribune, and among their concerns was whether the selection process might be tainted. That possibility has become a focus in an intensifying investigation that has included recordings of the governor and the cooperation of one of his closest friends.
Now, the title of this article has a question mark because the article seems to say that Blagojevich has not been charged yet. That said, if you are a sitting State Governor, the Feds do not come to take you into custody from your house absent an extremely compelling reason. Stay tuned, folks, this one isn’t *nearly* over.
*The story is, as of this moment, single-source, and it’s so incredible on its face that we should wait for independent confirmation before getting *too* excited.