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. Herman Monster

    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.

    December 22, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  2. Don, FL

    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.

    December 22, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  3. Jb1969

    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.

    December 22, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  4. gerri

    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.

    December 22, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  5. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    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.

    December 22, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  6. pasilva44

    Guilty until proven innocent, its the American way!

    December 22, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. Fani from NJ

    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.

    December 22, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  8. mike

    Whata surprise, he isnt even in office yet and is dealing with scandal, some change you are sir!

    December 22, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  9. M. Dieff

    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

    December 22, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  10. Dave

    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.

    December 22, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  11. Suzi

    For heavens sake! Emmanuel would have been expected to TALK to the governor about the position. Get a grip, people.

    December 22, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. dan

    Great. He hasn't even taken office yet, and he's already being investigated.

    December 22, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. JLS

    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...

    December 22, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. AEK

    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!!!

    December 22, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  15. Mr. C

    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.....

    December 22, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. Ann

    hahaha... Mr. Judgment and his 'change' team.

    December 22, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  17. grahame

    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

    December 22, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  18. Matt

    [Insert borderline psychotic conspiracy theory here]

    December 22, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. Greg in Columbus

    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.

    December 22, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  20. Anna

    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.

    December 22, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. Don't tread on me

    Rahm, Pirouette for Obama.
    Your dance card will remain full with all the IL political partners this administration brings to DC.

    December 22, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  22. Matt

    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.

    December 22, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  23. Soccer Nana

    @ 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.

    December 22, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  24. Mike

    "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?

    December 22, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  25. Carl

    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?

    December 22, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
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