December 23rd, 2008
12:45 PM ET
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Biden: 'No inappropriate contact' between Obama team, Illinois gov

Vice President-elect Joe Biden will head a new task force on working families on Jaunary 20, 2009.
Vice President-elect Joe Biden will head a new task force on working families on Jaunary 20, 2009.

(CNN) - Vice President-elect Joe Biden said a report expected later today detailing contact between the Obama transition team and Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich would show there had been "no inappropriate contact" between the two camps.

“I don’t think there’s anything to exonerate,” Biden told reporters following a Tuesday morning economic briefing in Chicago.

Blagojevich has been accused of trying to sell the Senate seat that had been held by President-elect Barack Obama, and was arrested earlier this month. The president-elect had ordered his team to compile a report listing all conversations between the transition office and the Illinois governor. Obama said several days ago that the public release of the list had been delayed at the request of federal investigators.

“It’s been clear that the president-elect has had no contact with Blagojevich, and you’ve seen that he’s asserted - and you’ll find in the report that’s being released today - that there’s been no inappropriate contact by any member of the Obama staff or the transition team with Blagojevich,” said Biden Tuesday.

The report is slated for release late this afternoon.


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  1. Steven

    MD, is there such a thing as a smart BROTHER?

    eugene, bozo the clown did win, or is he homey d clown

    December 23, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. Kim

    Boy - everyone has become so cynical over the Bush years that it seems difficult for some to believe that maybe, just maybe, a good man has been elected to office.

    How sad.

    December 23, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  3. Joan

    I am totally sick of the media trying to implicate people when there is no evidence to do so.

    Obama is not even in the Whitehouse but the media has repeatadly said that Obama should be stepping into the affairs of the government. Should this not and have been be the job of the President who is actually in the Whitehouse? I feel that the Republicans have made a pretty mess of financial and overseas affairs for the past eight years and now with the Blagojevich situation the media is again trying to implicate Obama and his team even though there is and never has been any evidence of wrong doing on their part.

    Why not wait and see exactly what the investigation of Blagojevich reveals and then discuss the implications!!!!

    This seems plausible to me.

    Obama, after all, has not even began his Presidency!!!!

    December 23, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  4. john

    Do any of you nitwits who keep saying Biden didn't lie to you and didn't kill your sons remember....

    JOE BIDEN VOTED TO INVADE IRAQ!

    good god the idiocracy from these people is just amazing

    December 23, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  5. Dave in Illinois

    Of course the report will show no "inappropriate contact". Otherwise, why release the report unless someone is ready to admit a problem and resign.

    The only issue in the long run will be what's on those hours of tapes we haven't heard yet. US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald is famous for letting people make statements and them pull out documents or tapes to charge them with perjury.

    December 23, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  6. Tim_CA

    Absolutely Hysterical.....the uber-lib hypocracy never ceases to amaze! Imagine if this very scandal had occured in the Bush Administration....how many of you uber-partisan Obama apologists would be willing to accept Cheney's statement at face value?

    I can only imagine all of the tin-foil-hat grade nonsense you'd all be posting right now! And can you imagine the CNN headline? "Troubled GOP VP Claims that adminstration had no part in Scandal" is my bet.

    Your hatred of Bush bordered on the pathological, and now you dopes have the nerve to want the electorate to look the other way....?

    The Messiah elect came up through the most corrupt political machine in the nation, and in your eyes he's some sort of Vestal Virgin who rose above it all? Hillarious!!

    You made this bed uber-libs.....now drink your kool-aid, and tuck yourselves in.....it's going to be a bumpy night!!

    Signed – An Informed Independent

    December 23, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  7. carol

    This will never satisfy those who just don't want to believe it.....nothing can be said or done by the Obama team about this because folks want to make something sinister out of it regardless.
    Obama has done what he said and the report will be out today.....now the rest of the investigation has nothing to do with Obama and his team that is for the Fitzgerald to figure out.
    This of course is not good enough for many, they expect Obama to sit and explain word by word and call by call he may have had with this Gov.....get a grip people!!!!
    If you can't wait until the final findings then too bad....there must be something else in your lives more important than worrying about this!!

    December 23, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  8. Matthew, Houston, TX

    @JP

    You really are an idiot JP. Your hate filled, negative posts filled with uproven and/or outright untrue innuendoes prove with every post. Try getting an education and taking some medications for that nasty attitude of yours. If you're sooooo superior than everyone else, how about some constructive suggestions, observations or solutions instead of your tirades against something and somebody you obviously know nothing about.

    December 23, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. boered1

    pete umm that was Sgt. Schultz

    as for the rest of you if the Obama camp said NOTHING you would claim they are covering up, since the PROSECUTER said no one in the Obama camp has done anything wrong, since one of the people "turned" by the prosecutiton with a promise of no charges being filed was the senior REPUBLICAN in Illinois. Since the Illinois Constitution gives the Governor the right to choose, "in any manner deemed appropriate by the Governor" a successor to a vacant Senatorial Seat there is the possibility that Blagojevich will be freed from all charges. Since it IS appropriate for an outgoing Senator, and his staff, to discuss with the selection group who should replace the outgoing Senator. And finally since Blagojavich has been caught on TAPE saying that Obama and his staff would not play the game.. for these reasons I would say it is pretty good odds that Obama and staff are innocent of any and all possible charges.

    Deaqr Virginia does this answer your

    December 23, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. boered1

    pete umm that was Sgt. Schultz

    as for the rest of you if the Obama camp said NOTHING you would claim they are covering up, since the PROSECUTER said no one in the Obama camp has done anything wrong, since one of the people "turned" by the prosecutiton with a promise of no charges being filed was the senior REPUBLICAN in Illinois. Since the Illinois Constitution gives the Governor the right to choose, "in any manner deemed appropriate by the Governor" a successor to a vacant Senatorial Seat there is the possibility that Blagojevich will be freed from all charges. Since it IS appropriate for an outgoing Senator, and his staff, to discuss with the selection group who should replace the outgoing Senator. And finally since Blagojavich has been caught on TAPE saying that Obama and his staff would not play the game.. for these reasons I would say it is pretty good odds that Obama and staff are innocent of any and all possible charges.

    Deaqr Virginia does this answer your question on why you should believe him?

    December 23, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  11. RICK

    just another coverup by obama and his team........bet if you did deeper you can find it...

    December 23, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  12. Boston Irish

    What people are complaining about is not that there was or wasn't inappropriate contact between Obama's team and the Governor. What they are complaining about is Obama stated there was NO CONTACT between his team and the Governor's team. Not inappropriate contact, but NO CONTACT. We know that to be untrue because the Governor stated Obama's camp wouldn't play the way he wanted. How did he know that if there was NO CONTACT?

    December 23, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  13. Allen Friedman

    Is it my imagination or are the right wing pundits still trying to make Obama look bad and maybe reverse the election results? Most of the Repubs are doing their best to somehow tie the president elect to any kind of scandal with the governor of Chicago. It is nice to see just how much it hurts them by losing the White House !

    December 23, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. Empty suit, empty promises

    "Neither I nor ANY of my staff had ANY contact with the Governor".

    Then when Axelrod was found on tape stating that he had indeed contacted the Governor as we ALL WOULD EXPECT, Axelrod joined the list of people that are thrown under the bus.

    Not saying that anyone is guilty of anything, but the first inclination was to LIE and that is a FACT.

    Look up his original comments and not the ones the next day or the day after, NOBODY had ANY contact with the beloved Governor………

    Reasons to doubt Biden ????

    He has used that three letter word L I E S before:

    I go to this diner all the time............. Sorry, closed over twenty years ago.

    When President Moe Howard went on TV in 1929, oops, wrong President and TV was not even invented yet.

    I ducked sniper fire with a three star general in a chopter, oops, even John Kerry said that it went down due to weather.

    Do we need to even bring up multiple instances of plagarism?

    You Obamabots are probably like what is this guy talking about, EXACTLY you bots have no idea what I am referring to because THEY DIDN'T report the stuff on Obama or his crew.

    Sorry, I sound like a typical person from one of our 57 states......

    December 23, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  15. Ken in NC

    I'm a Democrat and I did not vote for Bush in 2000 but he won and that made him my President even though I did not and still do not agree with all of his positions. Since he was my President by virtue of his win I had to give him a chance and I did just that. Why do so many tear down PE Obama talking about how he is going to screw up and how the man is doing nothing so far to makes improvements to the economy when he has even taken office? Do you not realize that he is not the President yet and as such, he can do nothing or take any official acts on behalf of the nation?

    Please consider that while many of you may not have voted for him, it is in the best interest of ALL AMERICANS to come together behind this President elect and work with him in an effort to pull our nation out of this recession / depression. This is not the time to be accusing Republicans or Democrats or laying blame. This is the time for all neighbors to work to help each other. Our country is like Brothers and Sisters. They fight each other all the time but when an outside force posses a threat to one in the family, our "In-fighting" stops and we turn and fight together as one family to overcome the outside threat to our family.

    December 23, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  16. lynn

    I have to say... and you thought Bush was better??? OMG!!! You wouldn't have had any information from him for a decade!! Oh both Bush and Cheney have said "So" or So what" to questions on whether they would have gone into Iraq with different intelligence. So glad they are leaving.

    Bush's Legacy: "SO?"
    Cheney's Legacy: "SO WHAT?"

    You Republicans must be very proud that the last 8 years can come down to 2 words.

    December 23, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  17. B.O by any other name is still b.o.

    tom,
    Love the comment!
    Isn't it the truth.

    "I had no contact with Blagojevich!"
    no wait,
    "I had no inappropriate contact with Blagojevich!"
    no wait...

    December 23, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  18. conservative

    Well what ever you say Joe ; we believe everything politicians say !

    December 23, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  19. JonPeter in Hartford, CT

    The numbers don't add up regarding "Urgent & True Bail Out"

    "2. One million (1,000,000) at 1 or 2 % will be loaned to each citizen and taxpayer, regardless of income level. This could be in the form of a credit line to be used as necessity is demonstrated.

    4. The rest of the $700 billion stays in the government. "

    There currently are about 155 million workers (and even more citizens and taxpayers) in the US. At $1 million per worker this works out to a total of $155,000,000 Million ($155,000 Billion or $155 Trilion) or 221 times the size of the $700 billion bailout or about 9100 times what GM and Chrysler are asking for...

    It's a nice idea, but whoever suggested this needs to check their math and be a bit more realistic.

    If we distributed the $700 Billion to each and every of the 155 million workers that would amount about $4500 per worker.

    Each of us needs to learn to be more realistic about our own finances and stop thinking of "pie-i-the-sky" solutions such as this one.

    December 23, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  20. BURNS,NH

    THAT BEING SAID OF SELLING A POSITION FOR THE US SENATE,
    AND I PERSONALLY THINK IS DESPICABLE-I HAVE YET TO HEAR
    THE LAW THAT WAS BROKEN--SOUNDS LIKE POLITICS AS
    USUAL. NO LAW WAS BROKEN WHEN NEARLY A TRILLION BUCKS WAS SPENT FOR THE OFFICE OF "POTUS". AND NOBODY
    TRULEY KNOWS FROM WHO THE MONEY CAME FROM.

    NAM VET

    December 23, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  21. Matt

    I'd love to make fun of the GOPers here for their conspiracy theories, but there really are no conspiracy theories...just naked accusations and conclusory statements...but it's hard to make fun of someone's inability to produce rational thought without seeming a little insensitive.

    December 23, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  22. Bunky Desortis

    What would you consider "appropriate", Joe?

    December 23, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
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