December 23rd, 2008
04:39 PM ET
6 years ago

Internal Obama report: No inappropriate contacts with Blagojevich

Internal report states no inappropriate contacts were made between Obama aides and Blagojevich.
Internal report states no inappropriate contacts were made between Obama aides and Blagojevich.

(CNN) - An internal report compiled by the Obama transition team concludes that neither President-elect Obama nor his aides - including incoming Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel - had any "inappropriate" contacts with embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich or Blagojevich's staff.

The report states that there is "no indication of inappropriate discussions with the governor or anyone from his office about a 'deal' or a quid pro quo arrangement in which he would receive a personal benefit in return for any specific appointment to fill the vacancy."

The report states that Obama himself had no "contact or communication with Governor Blagojevich or members of his staff about the Senate seat."

FBI agents arrested Blagojevich on December 9 after federal prosecutors alleged, among other things, that he had tried to "sell" Obama's former Senate seat. It is the sole authority of the Illinois governor to name a successor who would serve the remaining two years of Obama's term.


Filed under: Obama transition • Rod Blagojevich
soundoff (125 Responses)
  1. get real dude

    Now, you sorry haters can stop warming your hands hoping and wishing for some bad news to happen to Obama and his team. Ain't gonna happen. Stop wasting your life away looking down a dark narrow negitive road... or you might get hit or ran over by your past mistakes. Hmmm, now thats something to think about!!!!!

    December 23, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  2. Gordon Shumway

    No big surprise there. Their own internal investigation? Heck, I could have written that kind of a report. Meaningless tripe!

    December 23, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  3. Ken

    Wow! What a shock!!! An Obama investigation into Obama determined that Obama was clean.

    Shocking!!!! Even worse is how all of Obama's sheeple eat it up without asking anything.

    "Nothing to see here....move along....nothing to see here."

    December 23, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  4. tired of corporate politics

    Nixon said he wasn't guilty either.
    So did Bush regarding the WMD.
    How about a non-Obama driven investigation?

    December 23, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  5. banned from cnn for making too much sense

    you paid haters want Obama to be guilty so bad you can TASTE it.

    SORRY !

    DO YOU THINK FOR ONE SECOND THAT OBAMA WOULD RELEASE ANYTHING DIFFERENT THAN THE INVESTIGATING PROSECUTOR ALREADY HAS?????????????

    ANSWER... NO.

    GIVE IT UP GUYS...

    (this message paid for by "paid haters to subvert democracy"

    December 23, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  6. banned from cnn for making too much sense

    So.... what happens when Fitzgerald NEVER charges Obama with anything....

    I WILL EXPECT AN APOLOGY FROM EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU !

    mark my words..... it will be the end of Obama's SECOND term and you'll still have NOTHING......

    N O T H I N G

    But hey... have a great 8 years trying to tear down your PRESIDENT because he doesn't belong to your party. Have a great 8 years rooting for him to fail. AMERICANs my arse !!

    December 23, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  7. Jonny C.

    mr. Hannity, sheath your sword, there is no meat to slaughter. there is no inappropriate contact by any member of the Obama team. Lick your wounds or conduct your own private investigation with O Reily heading the investigation team.If no,support your President-Elect

    December 23, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  8. Mark

    and to all those who posted before Obama's report was supported by the fed investigation...

    hahahahahahhahahaha!
    put that in your pipe and smoke it...

    too many people lack the faith in human nature...guess after the past 8 years, it's to be expected.

    December 23, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  9. Interested in MO

    I've been involved in internal investigations in the hospital I work in. They usually occur because of some incident involving a patient or a worker getting injured. We investigate ourselves, and figue out whether anything inappropriate was done, and what, if anything should be done differently in the future to make us safer. These reviews are nerve-wracking, but usually fair and unbiased. I don't know what kind of review was done by the Obama transition team, but I would be willing to bet that it was done in about the same way we do it at work. I say, until I learn otherwise, there's no reason to believe they did anything wrong in re: Blago, or in their interal investigation.

    December 23, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  10. Brenda C

    Wow Matt sorta sounds like the last eight years President Bush tried to get things done.

    The first 4 years consisted of the following: The Republicans trying to get things done and the LIBS issuing a constant barrage of baseless accusations and slander in an attempt to undermine President Bush and the republicans prior to the 2004 election cycle.

    The next 4 years after that: President Bush still putting up with the same garbage. Then a black inexperienced man runs and buys off the election. Acorn, NBC, ABC, MSN, CNN and on and on helps black man by not reporting real news. Just climaxing every hour.

    December 23, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  11. Joe Fattal

    Usually when someone say" He has done nothing inappropriate" that means he has done something illegal but not illegal enough to indict the person. So, we choose words like inappropriate, maybe unethical, and if he get lucky , unfounded. Means that we can find nothing on him, but deep down we know he did something wrong. Round one goes to Mr. Obama, and probably Gov. Blago. Both of them are in the same tub rubbing someone else back.

    December 23, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  12. Phoenix

    Does that mean for all the people complaining about Obama, that Sarah Palin's internal investigation of her corruption charges were not credible?

    December 23, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  13. Repugs are Pathetic

    The Rethugtican'ts must be crying in their beer. What a bunch of zeros. There is no there there folks. You want dirt, try asking Dark Vader Chenney about his no-bid contract to Hallerbertin!

    December 23, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    g

    December 23, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  15. mom for obama

    For those who doubt the report because it was an internal investigation: I suppose you were more satisfied when it was Sarah Palin's internal investigation that cleared her on Troopergate (or Tasergate in her words)? If the FBI isn't concerned, why should you be? Get a life and move on.

    December 23, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  16. Larry

    Isn't it amazing that Obama never knows anything about all of the corruption going on all around him in Chicago,people being investigated for years,people he "works"with go to jail,over and over, and he says he had know idea about anything they are involved in.Give me a break.

    December 23, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  17. David

    It's so funny..the Repubs were complaining so hard that Obama didn't come out right away with this report saying there must be something there if he didnt come out with this report. Now that he has come out with the report, I see comments like "Shock, an investigation of himself was shows no wrong doing." Nothing would ever be good enough for such bitter folks unless it was Obama hanging himself. That's how hateful and bitter so many out there are. You won't be happy if he is doing well. You want him to fail so bad that you can taste it. These are the same people who say "Country First", yeah right!

    December 23, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  18. Chet

    Prosecutor Fitzgerald said in the beginning there was no inappropriate conduct on the part of the Obama team. Why are some media so reluctant to move on to one of the hundreds of real stories that need their watchful eye. Oh yeah, the media is not our watchful eye anymore, they're our gossip columnists.

    December 23, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  19. Daniel Cabrera

    " MERRY CHRISTMAS!,MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    I wander if Santa Claus will have the marvelous idea to give as special present to each democrat, A BRAIN!, so they can descern intelligently to vote republican on the next elections (if we ever get another elections).

    But then that is too much to ask to the old fat guy, for I think he is fed-up with the politics around the world, specially the CHICAGO-CORRUPTED POLITICAL DYNAMICS ATMOSPHERE, FROM WHERE OBAMA COMES FROM!

    Happy Holidays everyone!

    Sincerely,
    Daniel Cabrera
    Merrillville, Indiana "

    December 23, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  20. Teach

    To the idiot with the president joke. Robert Kennedy was never a president(he got shot in "68 remember). Just like haters talkin and don't know what the hell they talking bout. I can say the same about Bush, Cheney looks to me as the real 43rd president of the U.S.A!

    December 23, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  21. tee

    SOMEONE PLEASE REPORT THIS TO THE MEDIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 23, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  22. sunshine

    i'm glad, but i have to say i don't have faith in our government anymore.

    December 23, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  23. Lost in Texas FOREVER!!

    it doesn't matter what any report says because the far right neocons and anti Obama folks have their little minds made up that he's guiilty of SOMETHING...come on he HAS to be RIGHT?? These folk won't be happy until they can find anything to try to by Obama down. As far as I'm concerned then I hope they're NEVER happy!

    December 23, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  24. yellow dog democrat

    Told you so!!

    A good man, will be a great President!!

    Someone with intelligence and empathy – just in time for a rough time in our lives (but hey) our ancestors lived through this and worse....and we are still standing!! (we just need to get better – lets get it right) or as close to "right" as humanly possible! :)

    HAPPY HOLY-DAYS ALL! We just went through Winter Soltice and can Spring be far behind???

    December 23, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  25. WILL IN AZ

    BRENDA C = FIRST OF ALL, CNN,NBC,OR ANY OTHER NEWS CHANNEL, HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH ME VOTEING FOR OBAMA. UNLIKE YOU. I CAN THINK FOR MYSELF, ALL OF YOU REPUBLICANS, PUTTING PARTY OVER COUNTRY THINKING PALIN CAN RUN THE MOST POWERFUL COUNTRY IN THE WORLD.( WITH HER DUMB A$$) LOL YOU DID'NT WANT A BLACK MAN FOR POTUS BUT YOU GOT HIM. HA!!! WE VETTED HIM JUST LIKE WE VETTED PALIN..CONCLUSION!!!! SHE'S AN IDIOT!!!NOT FIT TO BE VPOR POTUS. TAKES ONE TO VOTE FOR ONE...

    December 23, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
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