Rezko Trial: Obama Consulted on Board Picks

By Justin Rood And Melissa Murphy

Mar 10, 2008 1:27pm

As an Illinois lawmaker, Barack Obama was one of eight state officials consulted on appointments to a state board which later became involved in what prosecutors describe as a fraud scheme, the Associated Press reports today.

That information was contained in a June 2003 memo from a national Democratic official introduced this morning as evidence at the trial of Antoin "Tony" Rezko, a Chicago-area developer and political operative facing corruption charges.

The memo does not say how much influence Obama had over the process of picking members for the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board, AP said.

And it did not indicate Obama was involved in the alleged corruption that later tainted the board.

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