December 12th, 2008
06:15 PM ET
6 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.


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  1. TrueIndependent

    Republicans are actually amazing!

    1. They devastate the economy, criticize Obama's economic plan, but do not come up with a plan to clean up their mess.

    2. Rahm Emanuel informs the Feds of Gov. Blago's corrupt requests, and the Repuvlicans blame Obama?.

    3. It took them only 2 days to approve a total GIVE AWAY of $700 billion for their cronies on Wall Street, and turn down the big 3's $15billion loan request to save over 3 million jobs.

    Yet, some people still call themselves Republicans!

    December 12, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  2. Lolita

    MAN JAN. 20TH CANT COME FAST ENOUGH!

    December 12, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  3. angel

    Tim......no one cares what you think...seriously

    December 12, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  4. purple mountains

    this is a good thing.

    December 12, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  5. J.C.

    I hope all the candidates and the middlemen that attempted to pay to play get caught for their wrongdoing.

    December 12, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  6. LP

    FYI Sara. Blagojevich new he was being watch by the feds didn't seem to stop him.....
    LOL

    December 12, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  7. riral

    dear obama is root of this problem, he must be guilty, michelle and barack are teamed up with blago

    December 12, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  8. anglosaxon

    I'm sure the she-boon is bout ready to have a category 5 chimp out if she realizes she's not stepping foot in the whitey house due to her sub-animal mate.

    TNB

    December 12, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  9. Eloise from Lufkin TX

    Obama hasn't even made it into office and the chickens have come home to roost....Honeymoon???what honeymoon???

    December 12, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  10. skip

    Obama be careful the folks you choose as your inner circle might be the very ones to sabortage your presidency. Always remember you're BLACK'.And dont take it for granted because you are elected america is elated.

    December 12, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  11. Chuck in LA

    The worst part is not that the lunatic fringe of the GOP (which seems to be becoming less "fringe" and more "majority" every day) is making up theories left and right- the worst part is that these are the same people who have already convinced themselves of Saddam's WMDs, Iraq's involvement in 9/11, and that the Bible is literally true.

    Once an idea takes hold in these low-functioning brains, it doesn't leave.

    December 12, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  12. MK

    Politicians belong to the "good 'ole boys" network....all politcians.

    If you all think McCain was as pure as the driven snow, google "Keating 5" and see how he was eyeball deep with that shady character.

    Jackson did have a lot more to do with this situation than he is willing to admit, maybe his dad had something to do with the bribe, or sale of the senate seat. I think Jesse is more jealous of Obama's success than he will ever admit and he wanted that success for his son as well (and regrets that he himself could not achieve the same success). I believe that he would stop at nothing to get what he wanted.

    Rahm turned them in, plain and simple. That is where his involvement begins and ends. Both he and Obama are way too smart to get involved with the pay to play shemes. Find out all there is to know about Resko, he is shady too. However, just because something stinks doesn't mean it is rotten.

    December 12, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  13. catmom

    I believe Blagojevich was also told that he was under investigation and that didn't stop him. This case is about Blagojevich, not Obama, not Jessie Jackson, Jr. no matter how hard you haters try to make it so. What you all need to do is stop listening to Hannity, Rush and the other right wing haters.

    December 12, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  14. Bill Charlotte,NC

    The only source that has energetically sought to make Rahm Emanuel a target is the Repub losers and the "we make the news ourselves" media frenzy!

    December 12, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  15. Scott

    Talk about non-stories. Next will come the Republican talking heads saying that "not enough is known" about the involvement of Obama's staff in something they weren't involved in. This will be followed by right-wing talk radio making some accusations and spreading some innuendo that completely can't be proven, followed by CNN picking up the "story" and repeating the cycle.

    December 12, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  16. No Hillary = No Obama

    But the governor hasn't sung yet.

    December 12, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  17. Dan, TX

    No one ever thought Obama or Emmanuel ever had anything to do with this to begin with. It's silly.

    December 12, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  18. SN

    Filthy Crook

    December 12, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  19. FreeNLovIt

    This is not Obama's BATTLE to fight. It's blagoyevich's. It's a good thing Obama is ignoring this dylexia.

    December 12, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  20. FreeNLovIt

    You know, if we wiretapped Bush, Cheney and every senator in America, I'm sure theirs is as UGLY or maybe uglier than this. God help US!!!

    December 12, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  21. Alistair

    Well I see the cry baby Rethugs at it again wanting for Obama not to take the oath of office now that Rahm has been cleared.

    December 12, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  22. michael in GA>

    Have anyone realize that when Obama was contacted about this pay for play ideal he call the FBI why did the attorney general make it clear that no one in his staff was a target. They can’t talk because the FBI don’t want the GOV> lawyer to build a case.

    December 12, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  23. sandee in Portland

    I know all the Obama haters are wishing and hoping he's been involved in this. Too bad you're wrong and your wish won't happen. On the other hand, if the Gov had been a republican, they would all be trying to sweep this under the rug.

    December 12, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  24. Griff

    Wewhare the BLACK! yOU WERE WARNED!!!!!! Everything/ Everybody connected to Barack Obama are Crooks.. They thinik this is there chance to raid the Larder.... And theyre doing it.....

    December 12, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  25. Brenda

    Guilty people don't offer only "gratitude" and "appreciation" if they're guilty. They would have offered up the money, positions he was seeking. The spinners have nothing to spin here. Why don't you ask your repuke friends why thy don't want to help out the American auto workers? They are the ones who should be sweating.

    December 12, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
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