December 22nd, 2008
01:45 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama team to release Blagojevich report by Tuesday

A report on Emanuel’s contact with Blagojevich will be released by Tuesday, say aides.
A report on Emanuel’s contact with Blagojevich will be released by Tuesday, say aides.

(CNN) – The Obama transition team is planning to release a report by tomorrow detailing contact between his staff and embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, transition aides tell CNN.

The president-elect himself is not expected to comment publicly on the results of the internal investigation, which reportedly detail one conversation between President-elect Obama’s chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and Blagojevich, and several others between Emanuel and the governor’s top aide.

Related: What does the public think?

The Illinois governor was arrested earlier this month on charges of attempting to sell Obama’s Senate seat.

Blagojevich complained during one conversation recorded by the FBI that Obama and his aides were unwilling to compensate him for naming a candidate of their choosing to the seat.

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald in Chicago has said that Obama was not a target of the investigation. Sources have also told CNN that Emanuel has not been implicated in the case.


Filed under: Rahm Emanuel • Rod Blagojevich
soundoff (365 Responses)
  1. johnny the boy

    and so it begins

    December 22, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  2. Travis, PA

    Rahm Emmanuel will be fine, just as the Obama administration will be fine. We are better off today than we were yesterday. This Blago person is a blip on the screen.

    He should go to jail and Illinoians should learn a lesson to pick someone better. That should be it. Leave Barack alone, he has a country to fix, thanks to George-Do-Nothing-Bush.

    December 22, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  3. Rick

    Let the lying and corruption begin!

    December 22, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  4. Matt in CT

    Well I can see Travis from PA is going to go through Obama's term with his fingers in his ears everytime the President is criticized (with or without cause). How mature.

    December 22, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  5. Greg

    My question would be why were there so few conversations....we are talking about the Democratic Governor of a state from which the next president has been elected. There obviously SHOULD be discussion.

    December 22, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  6. john

    guess you were wrong............ sorry

    December 22, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. Bos1

    @ johnny the boy:

    Agreed... You think Obama is pure as the driven snow and never had any sort of political scandal...of course he has....we just don't know about it yet...

    Change we can believe in!

    /sarcasm

    December 22, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  8. Ray Fisher

    I would expect to see many conversations about a seat I was vacating yet the press will have a field day with any fodder. Get ready for Trash Obama week ahead!!!

    December 22, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  9. Skip, a black man

    Poor Obama, cant we all get along

    December 22, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  10. Skeptic

    I did not have sexual relations with that woman!

    December 22, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  11. Retired Army in San Antonio

    From the CNN article:
    "Blagojevich complained during one conversation recorded by the FBI that Obama and his aides were unwilling to compensate him for naming a candidate of their choosing to the seat."

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Tells me all I really need to know.

    I mean......if the crook complains about Obama's surrogate not offering him anything, then I'm betting that Obama's surrogate didn't offer anything.......

    December 22, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  12. Once you vote Black

    Barack Husain Obama: Has a nice international ring to it doesn't it. Probably just the thing we need to get more cooperation from the rest of the world. Just what we need after W (and we all know what the W stands for) has dragged US prestige threw the sand. You W people have had the helm long enough.

    December 22, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  13. Mike

    Where there is smoke there is fire. They are only scratching the surface here – Rahm is in deep and will be "forced" to step aside. The tue obama is emerging. Dirty politics at play here – For the good of the country he needs to come clean on this or move aside and let Biden take the reigns. NOBAMA in 2012.

    December 22, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  14. Phil

    This is no surprise that Emmanuel spoke with Blago. I wish they could have said that two weeks ago. I hope Emmanuel doesn't turn out to be a liability in the long run

    December 22, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  15. Fitz

    Where are all the people saying " I know Obama is involved, yes he is?" Where are you? C'mon I know you are there. Let's beat this dead horse some more.

    December 22, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  16. CanIcallyouJoe

    Don't want to blow your minds or anything, but there are still people being needlessly murdered over in Iraq.

    December 22, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  17. hsmith

    The problem with Obama is that he rose through the tenacles of the corrupt Chicago political machine. Many of those who surround him now are also a part of this scandel-riddled group. Emanuel and Obama cannot escape the corruption in their past; eventually, it will come out.

    December 22, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  18. rachel

    Obama will absolve him I never understood self policing how can you trust people to be honest. It would be in Obama's best interest if he cleared Emanuel so of course he will be found innocent of any wrong doing by any report Obama presents.

    December 22, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  19. Ian Minneapolis, MN

    I voted Obama, but Emanuel always looks like he has something to hide. i don't like the guy.....But we'll see.

    December 22, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  20. Ian

    It depends on what your definition of "talked" is.

    December 22, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  21. Victoria

    It's pretty sad that people are trying to tie Obama and Emmanuel to the whole scandal. It's just a way for sore losers to say, "Oh look, Obama was the senator of the same state that there was a scandal in! He must have been involved!" Spare me. Obama is an honest man and so is Emmanuel. If anyone's names are going to be cleared, it's theirs. So congrats to those who are cooking up conspiracy theories- You look like whiney 5-year-olds.

    December 22, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  22. Copperas Cove Texas

    Change........ Seems like more of the same. the Lying has begun.

    December 22, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  23. Elariia

    Ugh. No matter what Obama releases, the MSM will vilify him and stir up controversy where there is none. Christmas is coming; can't the MSM give Obama the gift of their disappearance for holidays?

    Please let Obama take office before smearing him.

    December 22, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  24. Polar Bears Against Palen

    Hey, Cheney! I dare you to call me an effer. Ha!

    December 22, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  25. Center

    And if Rahm Emmanuel simply said "We'd prefer you nominate a Democrat" would that be considered a criminal communication? Conspiracy to commit politics?

    I only hope there is a real backlash against the press building. These internet-born conspiracy stories that are latched onto by the "mainstream" press because they're too lazy and cheap to investigate and report on urgent and meaningful things are eroding this country. CNN is a poster child of this trend.

    December 22, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
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