Illinois (ECWd) -
During yesterday's press conference, the Governor was once again asked questions about potential conflicts of interest, and references were made to his Statement of Economic Interest, which we wrote about in this article.
The questions and answers begin at the 1:03:10 mark of the press conference video.
A particular phrase is used several times by the Governor, "Let me be clear". That particular phrase has become a red flag in the world of politics, and when we hear it, it tells us to pay close attention and fact check the response. That phrase is like prefacing a story with, "honestly" this is a true story. When people preface their response in those fashions it seems to be for a reason and it's not a good one.
"Don't know what they are pursuing or what their interests are."
"I don't even know that they've gone into that business"
So is it clear, the Governor does not know what those businesses he has in a blind trust are pursuing or what their interest is, and he doesn't even know they went into the business of COVID-19 related matters?
Or is the truth in his later response to a question stemming from a campaign promise to donate profits?
"As far as I know, there's no business being done by any of them with the state of Illinois"
Stop the Press!
As far as I know?
An interesting response considering he said, 'Let me be clear," multiple times and that he does not know what those businesses are pursuing, or what their interests are, or even know they have gone into that business. If his "clear" response is accurate, how would he know there's no business being done by any of them with the state of Illinois?
Let us be clear, the response was more like a two-step shuffle than one based in total truth.
Considering his initial response of not knowing anything about those businesses, wouldn't the appropriate response be, 'I have no knowledge if any of those businesses are doing business with the state of Illinois but will be happy to look into it, and if they are, I will ensure any profits are donated as promised'?
Oh wait, how can one donate profits from a business if they have no control over it?