December 12th, 2008
06:15 PM ET
9 years ago

Source: Emanuel told he is not a target of Blagojevich probe

Rahm Emanuel will be Obama's White House chief of staff.

Rahm Emanuel will be Obama's White House chief of staff.

CHICAGO (CNN) - A source who has been briefed on the investigation says Rahm Emanuel, Barack Obama's chief of staff, has been notified he is not a target of the probe into Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Filed under: Rahm Emanuel • Rod Blagojevich
soundoff (111 Responses)
  1. Roy - Chicago Il

    Is this an investigation or a witch hunt?? Will Campbell Brown also be notified she is not a target of the investigation? She has gone so overboard on this I would not be suprised!

    December 12, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  2. Chi Town

    PDX Gal

    ohh... stop.... my side hurts... too funny... ROFLMAO... oh that's good... rich... really... ohhh... wonderful

    I'm just waiting on who turns over for a deal and brings the whole bunch down... will it be Rezko (no governor in his corner anymore)... Blago (facing 30 years)... Harris (facing same).... somebody will... and a lot of chicago machine people aren't sleeping so good. Kinda makes you wonder about the half million dollar payoff Rezko gave to Barry doesn't it?

    This is just gonna get better...

    December 12, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  3. Independent

    To those of you asking why he would be concerned: Rahm was a close advisor to Blagojevich in gubernatorial races.

    December 12, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  4. setys

    I am definitely sure that Governor Blagojevich did what he did intentionally. He knew that he was under investigation and decided to commit another corruption, I believe the reason was to cloud president elect Obama victory due to the tension between the two and for not giving a spot in the convention.

    With his nonchalant attitude, you can tell he did it purposely.

    December 12, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  5. Patty

    Why is this even news? Not every single person who has ever come into contact with Blagojevich is in on this. It's not like he introduces himself to people like "Hey, my name is Rod. I'm a crook, give me some cash."

    Most criminals people don't share with the world that they break the law.

    December 12, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  6. libbssuck1

    He dodged the bullet this time! He will do something stupid and then he will be investigated.

    December 12, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  7. Tony

    PDX Gal: "Blagojevich would have been in better company as a Republican."

    Yeah, cuz those Republicans are just sooo corrupt. Let's see, the score card for 2008 is Elliot Spitzer, Kwame Kilpatrick, Bill Jefferson, and now Rod Blagojevich for the DemocRATS and... Ted Stevens for the Republicans. You guys won this year, see ya in 2009! Can't wait till this is all aired out, you guys are probably gonna win again next year too.

    December 12, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  8. Greg Hodges

    Now that it is clear that no one from Obama`s team had anything to do with this lunatic; the screaming banshees from the G.O.P. will have to find another target of opportunity.

    December 12, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  9. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Welcome to the "not a target [yet]" club with Jesse and others no doubt, then sweat awhile to see if Fitz wants to talk to you or until Blago dimes you out.

    December 12, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  10. Larry

    Emanuel looks like he is freaking out–it' like he cann't believe he hasn't been caught yet.

    December 12, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  11. Dawn

    Are they under instruction not to talk about this matter?
    Did Emanuel stiff the Governor's request.
    It appears at this time Congressman Jackson and his supporters might have to explain that fundraiser last Saturday night with a follow up meeting Monday.
    WHY did his dad lawyer up according to the media?

    December 12, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  12. Josh

    Wow, how convenient. I'm sure Obama is completely guiltless too. Strange how Rahm and Rod have the same vocabulary.

    December 12, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  13. Taniel

    The fate of two Senate seats was thrown in the legal minefield today as Norm Coleman launched his first major lawsuit in the recount battle with Al Franken, and the Illinois Attorney General asked the Supreme Court to remove Blagojevich from power or at least strip him of his appointment powers.

    December 12, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  14. Marc

    It's important that the facts are straightenred out before the news creates a story from nothing. I would appreciate it if they said words such as "alleged" more often, then just inferring things from transcripts they don't even fully have yet. I think the coverage so far has been unfair to people such as Mr. Emanuel and the Obama team.

    December 12, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  15. jenny

    he is soooo guilty..just like jesse jackson jr.... says alot about toe company obama keeps..sounds like maybe obama has it hands in the cookie jar too.... hillary please run, not walk away... we need you hillary, we need you as a future president.. please dont get caught up in the obama scandal...

    December 12, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  16. Time for obama to go back to Chicago

    Rahm (Emanual), Blago, Resko, Axelrod and Obama are all joined at the hip.

    Rahm, Axelrod and Obama admitted that they ran Blago's campaign. Rahm then took Blago's US House seat,
    Resko was Obama's principal financier,
    Resko was a chief fundraiser for Blago, and also a 'pay-to play' dealmaker for Blago,
    Resko gave Obama a 'discount' on his house,
    Resko is a convicted felon, Blago is soon to be,
    Rahm had talks with Blago's office about a deal for Obama's seat,


    December 12, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  17. Karen Dunlap

    The situation in Illinois is far from being "crystal clear" hopefully the truth will eventually come out. As Will Rogers said "America has the best politicians money can buy"

    December 12, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  18. Paul Wall

    this week it's Blagojevich the radical republicans are trying to weave into a conspiracy-going nowhere.
    last week the citizenship conspiracy-a lawsuit on its way to a paper recycling plant.
    what's next?
    Rahm Emanuel is a tough guy and had nothing to worry about (in fact, the only thing he was concerned about was not being able to work because of right-wing death threats, which at this level of politics is a very serious threat to make.
    like the psychologists say, after the inauguration, for most people who did not vote for the President-Elect there will be closure. i remember when President Bush was elected after he was inaugurated it felt real and he was the president-i didn't agree with a lot that he did or stood for, in other ways he was a standup guy.

    December 12, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  19. boered1

    Still laughing at the idiots.. maybe ONE of you will someday READ the Illinois Constitution before these articles and news stories are posted. The FACTS are blagojevich has done nothing illegal in the state of Illinois, it is questionable whether the federal government has the jurisdiction over this case at all either. The Illinois Constitution stattes that the Governor shall appoint a replacement for any senator who cannot complete their term. It does NOT stipulate the method the Governor is required to use to pick this successor. Nor does the Constitution prohibit a sitting governor from profitting from a decision made while in office. So, legally, Blagojevich could raffle off the seat to the highest bidder. Politically this is a failure and a really bad idea but leagally it is not wrong. As for a federal case this has to do with the INTERNAL governing of a state and does not fall under federal jurisdiction. As for calling for this man's resignation.. I believe we have a law in OUR Constitution about presumed innocence? I KNOW bush has trampled our Constitution under feet so bad that it is hardly legible but the fact is he is STILL innocent and therefore should not be impeached (what crime if not convicted?) nor removed from office (after all if a low approval rating and the disdain of the constituents and others in government were a criteria bush would have been gone long ago!)
    But of course this willnot stop

    December 12, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  20. Karen - Missouri

    No one ever thought Rahm E was ever a "target" anyway...ok, maybe the bitter Republicans did...maybe the Repubs should police Alaska.

    December 12, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  21. Ben

    I love raph and he is ennocent!!

    December 12, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  22. Tara

    I think you need to check your facts dude... Here we go, another ticked off Republican stating lies about Obama!

    December 12, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  23. chris from stl

    Heard that Rod is cuckoo ... being treated for it for some time?? That explains his irrational and reckless behavior

    December 12, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  24. Franky

    For the record, we are NOT the Cowboys or Yanks!! Even distractions can't take on us...O.K, maybe a little, LOL!!! Is gonna happen and quite unfortunately, the timing of the corruption was pretty much not good. We know how to play the game and we ain't gonna ruin it like the Yanks or Cowboys...(for some reason, I feel like they're sticking it up my face, LOL!!).

    Come on dynasty...

    December 12, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  25. Bob

    Defend Emanuel
    Defend Jackson
    Defend Obama
    Defend the UAW

    You guys(CNN) are so corrupt it won't be long before

    DEFEND added to your talking points!!

    December 12, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
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