(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.
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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.
Well CNN, you got the haters on the go. What is the alleged–oops, you are two cowardly to allege–what is the impropriety behind this headline. There is none–right. No impropriety, no story. Thus, just say that Obama staff talked to Governor staff–oooooooooooooohh, there must be something there, like maybe they were conducting legitimate business. What about the economic problems and the unemployment and the torture and the secret prisons and well all those things that require serious thought, fairness and effort to understand and comment on. Lou Dobbs can't help you here. What a smearing mess your organization is becoming.
The fodder for Fox News and the RNC ends tomorrow. As I understand it
there was no quid pro quo in any conversation between Emmanuel or others. Neither the governor or his top aid asked directly for compensation of any kind and Emmanuel made it crystal clear that the Obama administration would be appreciate it l if considered Valerie Jarrett but it would end there. The governor's top aid simply affirmed that there would be but nothing more than appreciation. Obama would have been derelict in his duty not to present his choice to replace him in his senate seat. Sorry RNC back to the drawing board.
Get over yourself, "Get Over It". Mr. Obama was asked by the Justice Department to delay commenting on the Blagojevich matter while the investigation continued. Mr. Obama wasn't trying to hide anything. Even the venerable Fox News was good enough to mention this important fact. You obviously missed that part. Albeit, Fox didn't harp on that positive note, probably because it's..well...something positive about Obama.
I laugh at all the talking heads on here that have nothing better to do than listen to AM talk radio all day,while sitting in mommie and daddies house,never even having had a job.
Emmanuel was already in the political arena and was probably working to uncover Blago's scam. It doesn't make sense for Emmanuel to be part of Blago's corruption. THINK ABOUT IT.
Guilty until proven innocent, its the American way!
People talk as if its a big sin to talk to Blagojevich. You know what, reporters spoke to him, FBI agents spoke to him etc. etc. etc.
Now, if Obama's team spoke to him about the selling of the seat, thats wrong, but if they spoke about other relevant matters then its fine.
I don't think Obama did anything wrong here.
Blagojevich will pay the price dearly if he's guilty. Lets see.
Whata surprise, he isnt even in office yet and is dealing with scandal, some change you are sir!
Again I'd like to point out that it is the –> Obama Transition Team <– releasing this report. It is probably not anything terribly shocking or revealing. I understand some of you very much dislike Obama and want a fairytale expose' but that's not what this is.
Also, having had a conversation with an individual does not make you an ally in their schemes. We need more details
I can't believe someone from Obama's camp talked to Blago!!! What does Obama know about being an Illinois Senator and why would he think he could give input on selecting his replacement? Duh, because it was his job. If I were being promoted, I would give advice as to who should fill my old position.
For heavens sake! Emmanuel would have been expected to TALK to the governor about the position. Get a grip, people.
Great. He hasn't even taken office yet, and he's already being investigated.
Let's see. We're dealing with Rahm, who used to work for Slick Willie. This will probably boil down to what your interpretation of "is" is...
It's about the economy, stupid! For all the haters out there, remember, there are actually important things to be thinking about these days. I saw today that even Toyota is predicting their first poor showing since 1941...hummmm, wonder what Toyota and Mitsubishi could have possibly been producing back in 1941?
BUY AMERICAN, HELP YOURSELF!!!
Will America ever grow up? The man is not even president yet and many of you have already accused, tried and convicted him of every petty crime possible from wanting to smoke in the White House to cover and political corruption. Do you honestly believe that Bill never enjoyed a cigar in the Blue Room or one of the obscure alcoves in the White House? If you believe George never tooted a line or two in between choking on pretzels and the billions he and Cheney raked in from sleeping with the big oil and energy companies then you're deserving of more misappropriation of public funding, poorly designed bail-outs and a continuation of "all for the rich" and "nothing for the poor." Grow up and get over it...Obama and his people did nothing wrong...don't lose focus of the real culprit here the Govenor....afterall, there would be no thought of cover-ups if there was nothing to cover up.....
hahaha... Mr. Judgment and his 'change' team.
Here's a very easy question that even the Republicans can answer.
How can you take your political party affiliation seriously when your main supporters comprise the following people:
Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, David Savage, Sean Hannity, and Sarah Palin.
Come on people be honest, it's not a difficult question! but on the other hand perhaps, for you lot at least, it is...
Rest in peace Republicans
[Insert borderline psychotic conspiracy theory here]
In US Law, there is no requirement of snitching. Even if Rahm knew anything, he has NO obligation to say anything. Look it up, it is in law text books.
that is so stupid of Emannuel, why he even have to bargain with blago, everyone will recommend or suggest, but when balgo asked for favor, you can just handover that guy to intelligence dept. I just cant understand these people stupidity.
Now rethugs, if you guys think did a great job by hammering on corruption issue, then you are wrong, because we already in deep economy sh** here. we have more imp things to resolve.
Rahm, Pirouette for Obama.
Your dance card will remain full with all the IL political partners this administration brings to DC.
I'm beginning to think GOP hot air is edging out greenhouse gases for the top cause of global warming. They're resisting the need to change their party so hard they're actually miring themselves deeper in the problems that earned them the curbstomping they received on the 4th. Keep it up guys. You'll see. You might think trying or even succeeding in bringing down Obama is your best chance at avoiding evolving and adapting to the 21st century, but it will destroy you.
@ Retired Army in San Antonio,
I'm with you; there is nothing here concerning the integrity of PE Obama, his Chief of Staff, nor any other member of his transition team.
"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"
hmmm...doesn't that mean that Obama & his aides knew that Blago wanted $$$ for his seat? So that means they knew what was going on....now the real question is, did they do anything about it?
By Tuesday? That is an amazingly quick turnaround to be releasing details of an investigation. Doesn't that usually take a few years, if ever?