December 22nd, 2008
01:45 PM ET
5 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. JediMasterMatt_Bethlehem, PA

    The media and the people against Obama are so transparent!

    They will say or do anything to try and link Barack Obama to a scandal, ill-fated cabinet pick or any controversy in order to 'try' and stain his presidency even before it begins.....SHAME ON ALL OF YOU, and you call yourselves Americans!

    December 22, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  2. Grace from MN

    Following FOX new's clownish behavior is pathetic CNN. Give it a rest already! Why don't you guys report on Dick-face-Cheney and the stupid responses he always gives to questions asked of him? "SO" is not an appropriate answer to serious questions. Gosh, I hope the whole Bush administration is charged with something, anything by the end of 2009.

    December 22, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  3. KC

    I didn't vote for Obama and I know this is all a crooked mess. However, the economy is so bad that we just don't need to concentrate on this trash right now. The economy is the priority.

    December 22, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  4. todd

    OH, Obama will make a public statement alright..replacing his Chief of Staff. There is no way that Emmanuel will weather this scandal. Blago is going to take everyone down with him.

    December 22, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  5. Peggy

    The USA always accuse third world countries of corruption. The USA is more corrupt than any other country on earth.I am not surprised, 1-the biggest illegal drugs consumers are Americans. 2- People want to live the Hollywood life with multi- million dollar homes, that's why corruption is so high.

    December 22, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  6. Kipp

    "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."

    I hope the preceding will be remembered when the right starts making
    connections to Obama, somehow involving him in corruption by osmosis.

    December 22, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  7. Chris

    We can only hope that the truth will be sought and justice will be served.
    We should also hope that those who are not willing to give the President Elect a chance, do not use this as a tool to disrupt him in what is an overwhelming and growing list of things he is faced with to fix our courtry.
    God Bless us All.

    December 22, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  8. Kevin, Austin

    It's so funny how you choose the photos to go with the blog post. Here we have an un-related photo of Ramh – looking pensive or nervous with this lips held tight. Why not a photo of him smiling. Don't you think you're editorializing a bit too much. Or am I being picky?

    December 22, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. robina

    What this little blip of news fails to mention is that this report also finds that Emanuel was not into deal-making. Way to be thorough, CNN.

    December 22, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. MikefromWV

    There are always going to be conspiracy theorists out there trying to make something out of nothing, so we should get used to it. My biggest fear is that Obama will be hounded like Bill Clinton was, from the day of his inauguration till the end of his term, by those on the right wing who will not accept the fact that the republicans are lousy at governing. Will Obama or those in his administration make mistakes? Sure, they wouldn't be human if they didn't. But, with the present state of our beloved country, we only have one shot to try and turn it around. Let's hope that everyone can just decide to pitch in and work together for the common good of all, for once.

    December 22, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  11. David

    Let's see how this can be spun.

    December 22, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  12. Truth

    Innocent until proven guilty. It is a principle by which our country is founded. Do not forget it just because it is convenient.

    December 22, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. Chris from STL

    I do not think it is necessary for Obama administration to release anything .... the matter is under judicial investigation. So, let the Feds do their job.

    However, I do appreciate all the cooperation from Obama adm.

    December 22, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  14. Beca

    Makes me wonder.....

    December 22, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  15. arie go

    If Rahm Emmanuel believes that his dealings and communications with the Governor had a slight inkling of improper, unethical or illegal conduct, he should step aside as a gentleman, and leave Barack Obama to start his administration as pure as it can be.

    December 22, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  16. mark

    Didn't Obama JUST LAST WEEK say him or NO ONE from his staff had contact with Blago??? The lies are only starting people. A bunch of fools voted in a shady president. Good match I guess.

    December 22, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  17. mike

    why would blago try and sell the seat to obamas people if he didnt already know that obama was corrupt (both from illinois and obama was an illinois state senator)??? you dont try and sell something to somebody that you know is clean. stupid obama folk....

    December 22, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  18. An Independent in Oregon

    Sounds like the Chief of Staff elect should step aside and let them bring in a new "clean" Chief. This is only going to drag on from the Republicans who have already forgotten President' Bush's numerous problem children.

    December 22, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  19. peg

    Rahm Emmanuel is brilliant. So is Obama. Does anyone really think they would risk everything to deal with Blago, who was even hated in his state at the time all this transpired? Of course not. They aren't stupid.

    December 22, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  20. I'm Not Missing The Old Mule & Winky Half-baked Alaska

    Now just this mention will be revving up the likes of Spawn Insanity, Blowhard O'Reviley and Flush Limpbone. I see a few conspiracy theorists have already posted.

    December 22, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  21. Todd

    I'm curious if these Obama haters will step up to the plate when all the lies and corrupt dealings in the Bush administration come to light.
    This is chump change compared to the past eight years. This country will be paying for the Bush crimes for many years to come.

    I doubt it

    December 22, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  22. mmmalta

    Listen – just because we have grown used to the lying and cover ups and obvious misdeeds of the Bush Administration does not mean that the pattern continues with Obama.

    Give the New Administration time to get on its feet before we start complaining.

    December 22, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  23. Kelly Virginia

    Who cares about what BOBO tried to do, as far as I am concern do what ever the attorney general has to do and get on with it. In the mean time leave Rahm Emmanuel along, he already has big big problem helping Obama and his administration to clean up the Bush mess he will be leaving behind on January 20th

    December 22, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  24. keep your two cents change

    Change? 50cent ain't change...stoopid, he's a thug.

    December 22, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  25. PH

    Read the story – in the call, Blago complained that the Obama team would NOT pay him. Also, the US Attorney states that Obama is not a target of the investigation. All of you who pounce on Obama without actually reading the news are just ignorant.

    December 22, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
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