December 29th, 2008
02:15 PM ET
9 months ago

Emanuel tenders House resignation letter to Blagojevich

Rahm Emanuel, pictured in this 2003 file photo with Blagojevich, released a resignation letter to the Illinois governor Monday.
Rahm Emanuel, pictured in this 2003 file photo with Blagojevich, released a resignation letter to the Illinois governor Monday.

(CNN) – President-elect Obama’s team, which spent weeks documenting chief of staff Rahm Emanuel’s contact with Rod Blagojevich, got another entry for the list Monday, when the Illinois congressman sent a resignation letter to his state’s embattled governor.

“It has been a tremendous privilege to serve the people the Fifth District [of Illinois] over the past six years,” Emanuel writes in the letter to the man who once held his House seat, announcing that his resignation from the House will take effect on January 2, 2009.

“As sons of immigrants to this country,” writes Emanuel, “you and I have a deep appreciation for the opportunities America provides to those who are willing to work hard and sacrifice for their children.” As the letter ends, he offers the scandal-scarred governor his “gratitude and best wishes.”

Read: Emanuel's letter to Blagojevich

An internal investigation cleared Emanuel and the rest of Obama’s transition team of any wrongdoing in Blagojevich’s alleged plan to trade an appointment to Obama’s U.S. Senate seat for political favors.

The Illinois House panel considering impeachment charges against Blagojevich reconvened Monday and is hearing argument from the governor’s attorney.

In conjunction with the letter released Monday, Emanuel also sent automated calls to residents in his congressional district notifying them of his impending resignation.

Blagojevich himself was elected to the Illinois Fifth District’s House seat in 1996.


Filed under: Rahm Emanuel • Rod Blagojevich
soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. EW

    Someone call the exterminator, the White House is about to be infested with rats.

    December 29, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  2. Bob

    This man should be writing two letters of resignation. One for his House seat and one for his Cheif of Staff position.
    We need the crooks out of Politics.

    December 29, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  3. Larry

    Both of them are typical Democrats.

    December 29, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  4. nom deplume

    Wonder how much that seat will go for?

    December 29, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  5. Kenneth

    Regardless of what heart hardened Obama haters may spew, this administration that is developing before our eyes has the potential to right a lot of wrongs from previous administrations. Change comes in all forms but those who stand against the change will never truly witness or benefit from it. We as a nation will regain our place in the world and those who look for a shoe to drop will be scraped from the sole of the fallen shoe simply because they were too stubborn to step aside for progress. Don't be the gum ... be the shoe and walk with US! Politics has changed and President-Elect Obama is holding up to everything that he promised during his campaign. Yes there will be allowances but that should be expected in a greatly divided country. No one side is always right but to understand the other side we have to first be able and willing to not only listen but allow others to put their ideas out there and see whether or not they have merit. It is the job of this administration of change to determine what ideas will float and which will sink. if you feel that your group is not getting it's deserved attention then speak up for recognition but don't knock the door down out of selfishness and greed. I trust President-Elect Obama because he has stuck to his message and presents an intellectual approach to resolving issues which is far outside of the "good-ole-boy" network from previous administrations. So stop being petty and try to look at the BIG picture ... there's enough to see if you would simply open your eyes without bias.

    December 29, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  6. billy-bayou

    from my vantage point it appears as tho the obama bunch go to Patrick Fitzgerald, money talks, obama people can't be subpeoned, wonder what that cost and who is paying the bill?

    December 29, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  7. Proud American

    "Richard Rohde" wow I see your still an Idiot regardless of what day it is. You lived in a cesspool because your parents who just happened to be brother and sister and left you retarded. There is nothing there move on.

    December 29, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  8. Proud American

    Everyone who's looked into this say's there nothing there. Richard Rohde who's in charge of the French Fries at Jack-in-the-box insist there is. America who would you believe the Attorney General or the Supervisor of French Fries at Jack-in-the-box who has a 4th grade education. No Brainer.

    December 29, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  9. Kim,Dallas,TX

    Richard Rhode, on your road to perfectionism....your blog should have read ....don't look TOO close. It's too easy to discount ignorance when your spelling gets in the way. Obama's name has been cleared by the special prosecutor as having done nothing wrong. Your anger is a result of Obama winning the election and nothing more.

    December 29, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  10. LIP

    PE Barack Obama would have done well to have invited an unbiased group into his domain to do a transparent investigation. It only makes common sense to proceed this way, unless you want to give the perception of a "cover-up".

    December 29, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  11. Marie

    Richard Rohde if you want to start name calling you better look at the thugs on wall street and the Bush administration that greed and coruption have left this country in in an economic disaster.They were probably laughing at people like you all the way to the bank who are so STUPID to think evry politician is corrupt especially only in Chicago.All your hate is towards Obama so just say it and get over it because his supporters and probably some of the oppisite party don't care what you think idiot OH......remember Liddy and Nixon do those names smell corruption to name a few

    December 29, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  12. scdemocrat

    Don't even pay attention to the imbecile known as Richard Rohde. He is just a whiny right wing tool who is still afraid of PE Obama for some strange reason. All he does is spout half truths and NEVER has ANY proof, just hearsay and conjecture. I think he writes down his "best of Flush Limpball" and types it in this blog. Anyhow, PE Obama has never even been mentioned in the investigation, other than to say that Blago was mad, because all PE Obama would give him for appointing someone he liked to his Senate seat was "appreciation" and that's it. Sounds to me like PE Obama did the absolute right thing here ,and anyone who says otherwise is just grasping at straws.

    December 29, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  13. Mike

    The first of Rahm's resignation letters has been delivered. Next one should come sometime next year.

    December 29, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  14. LA2NC

    Richard Rohde, Brian, and some of the others complaining on this and other sites, WHAT IDEAS DO YOU HAVE, OTHER THAN COMPLAINING? Where were you when your precious GOP ran this country into the ground? What did you say then, that's right, NOTHING as I'm sure that you and the rest of the GOP enjoyed the spoils of plundering this country and running it into the ground. Here's an idea...... Obama is president, either give him the same chance you gave W or BUILD A BRIDGE AND GET OVER IT.

    December 29, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  15. Jonny C.

    Now that it is no longer news that his game is "pay to play", Blago should tell Chicagans the full price of emmanuel' s vacant seat.

    I am glad Obama was involved at all, it is no surprise, He has proved once again that he is the only american that could held manure from the
    clean end.he triumphed over the khalidi, write,ayers,rezko,NAFTA, Joe the plumber, and the now Blago saga.
    I hope Rahm Emmanuel' s won' t become a saga..

    December 29, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  16. Jonny C.

    Now that it is no longer news that his game is "pay to play", Blago should tell Chicagans the full price of emmanuel' s vacant seat.

    I am glad Obama was not involved at all, it is no surprise, He has proved once again that he is the only american that could held manure from the
    clean end.he triumphed over the khalidi, write,ayers,rezko,NAFTA, Joe the plumber, and the now Blago saga.
    I hope Rahm Emmanuel' s won' t become a saga..

    December 29, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  17. America loses, Barack wins for now.

    I wonder if the Emmanuel Blogo connection, in essence making Barack appear exonerated from the dealings of this greedy jerk from Illinois.

    Since Barack was briefed as the incoming President-elect about a variety of security and legal matters back in November, he may have had a heads up as to what will be happenning to Blogo man.

    As part of the transition team worried about the appearance of involvment with Barack and knowing they were being wire tapped when speaking with Blogo hairy man, the Barack team staged a we will only give you appreciation if you choose our prefered replacement. The replacement was a pretty weak candidate, but a good buddy of BHO.

    I think something smells here and I just hope the stench doesn't go from Chicago to Washington, but knowing the gang from Chicago and how they treat politics as a business, I think our country is about to lose big time, with mega doses of corruption and shady movements of money to Barack's buddies. Much of the money being sent under the veil of the stimulus package.

    As I said Barack wins for now, but America will lose with his politics and his policies.

    December 29, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  18. Meh

    Richard Rohde> Get a grip. His name is BARACK, not Hussein. You post nothing but drivel. Always!

    J.P....the quote is "Inappropriate communications", not "communications". Nice try, though.

    For the people still trying to say Barack is embroiled in this mess: think about it....no, we do not know personally and I will concede that he could POSSIBLY be crooked. HOWEVER, one thing we do know is that he is a highly intelligent person who thinks things through very throughly. There is no way in hell this man would do something so stupid, esp (!) since he was running for POTUS? I mean, duh?

    December 29, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  19. maurice

    maybe the letter said look homey dont get me involved i have enough dirt under my rug hahahahhahahahha

    December 29, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  20. Darth Vadik, CA

    Isn't this ironic?

    Rahm do the Democrats a favor and go into abyss with Blagojevich. You're fooling no one, only God knows haw many more scandals you have in your closet.

    December 29, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  21. Once you vote Black

    Some of you GOP folks are like talking to Pollocks. The media asked Obama if he had any inappropriate contact with Blago. Since he has such a bid apparatus he had to do an internal review of possible contact. He said he would do it and did. Now you are trying to act like he is trying to do an official investigation of himself to clear himself of charges like that mud for brains Palin was doing. If this is just too complicated for you get out of the game.

    December 29, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  22. Ford

    Did he send a dead fish along with that letter?

    December 29, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  23. Carl

    At the end of the day, the truth will be discovered only if Blago is tried on charges or impeached. None of this "internal investigation" stuff then....the world will get to see it all. In the meantime, watch Obama's camp for signs of trying to influence the decision to not move ahead on a trial or impeachment, or for pressure for him to resign. I hope there is nothing to find just so we can get on with our recovery....there is however much smoke that as we know oftens indicates there is fire.

    December 29, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  24. Pointng Fingers!!!

    To-Richard Rohde December 29th, 2008 4:28 pm ET
    Cindy, having lived close to the cesspool that is Chicago, I am sad to inform you there is no such thing as an up and up Chicago politician, there never has been such a thing in Chicago. It is unions and organized crime that run Chicago. Why do you think some one like Bill Ayers found a home there? Rev Wright and Louis Farakhan, not to mention the extortionist Jesse Jackson and his spawn.
    *****Richard Rhode*******

    December 29, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
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