December 22nd, 2008
01:45 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama team to release Blagojevich report by Tuesday

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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
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  1. Terry

    If Obama knows something do you really think he would ever come out and say so. I am convinced that he knows more than he says and nothing anyone would could ever say would change my view of this. Being from Illinois and being an appointed past Precinct chairman in the Reagan years (Rep) I know how things are in this state, I never ran for the post when my term was up. Dirty politcs turns my stomach. I am convinced that the majority of elected officials have something dirty in their closet. A very close friend of mine works for the state of Illinois, he told me over a year ago, "They won't go after Blago until after the Presidential Primary", how right he was. Corruption in politics in Illinois runs real deep.

    December 22, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  2. paul

    It all does sound a lil' fishy. Barack Obama is elected President of the United States and his team only has ONE conversation with the Governor of his home state in regards to his seat?! And Barack himself has NO conversations at all for a seat that he held for 2 years (most of which he wasn't sitting in because he was aggressively campaigning) with "Blag"?

    I just hope that all is on the up and up with all the tapes the government supposedly has in his possession.

    As well, he may be arrogant, but Gov. Blagovich is INNOCENT until proven guilty. I believe we should allow the wheels of justice to spin before we stake him to a cross and burn him alive.

    December 22, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  3. Illinois conservative democrat

    As I think someone posted earlier-Obama said no one had had any "inappropriate" contact with Blagojevich's office. Of course they talked. I work with people I don't particularly like on a personal level, but I still have to interact with them.

    December 22, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. karen

    I think the media has too much time on its hands. Barack is an honest leader–not easy to find in this day and age-please focus on the positive because you are wasting your time on trying to find the negative.
    how about cleaning up the garbage that is out there ????Drug kingpins, pedophiles, rapists, and the rest of the garbage.....corrupt officials in town government, city government, kickbacks–there is plenty for the media to do but you insist on talking ad nauseam about Rahm, gay marriage–you get tired of hearing the same topics-move on !!!!!

    December 22, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  5. lonnette33

    Rahm is a stand up guy. Tough but honest. He did nothing out of the ordinary. I have no doubt he will be vindicated.

    December 22, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |

    So what if he had contact with him??? SOOOOOOOOOO WHAT????????? now what he said is what important!!!!!

    Example: If you call the pizza place and place a order. The pizza guy comes to your house and drops off the pizza. Later that night the pizza guy is busted trying to Rob The pizza joint. So you go to jail, and your whole family is under investigation........ But you said nothing to the pizza guy about Robbing, you didnt even know he was going to do that, THAT IS NOT A CRIME!!! now if you did talk about Robbing the place..... THAT IS A CRIME!

    That was a analogy for those stupid people who love bashing Obama, you need to be asking when is Palin' s Bastard grandchild going to be born, or what McCain is going to do after his very embarrasing Loss!!!

    December 22, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. Darrell

    The key here is that Obama said they had no contact with the Governor's office. Then it went to no "inappropriate" contact with the Governor's office. Now, there seems to have been a host of contact from the Obama camp with the Governor's office.

    Which is it, Obama?

    Another 4 years of the Bush legacy..., it seems.

    December 22, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  8. Get over it

    I guess that the REAL question for Emanuel and Obama is this;

    If Emanuel was pressured by Gov. Blagojevich for compensation, did Emanuel or Obama report it to the authorities or did he try to cover it up. After all, what Gov. Blagojevich is accused of is a federal offense.

    December 22, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. Aaron

    teach...are you teacher? One thing I don't understand is why common people (such as teachers) keep voting Republican when you are definately NOT in the correct tax bracket to qualify as someone they care about. It saddens me to see the political map with the red part being the most poor and ignorant parts of the country. Religion and false beliefs in an American dream long past are poison and the reason why we can never again regain our status as a great nation. Don't was because there wasn't enough Government oversight why we are in this economic mess right now. It's too easy to claim Small government and then come begging for hand outs when you really can't handle it anyway. Sad.

    December 22, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  10. dave

    I figured out long ago what republicans are good for and that's whining like a little school girl when they don't get there way.

    December 22, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  11. RinFL

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Lots of woulda, shoulda, coulda from the brain dead regurgitators of right wing hate and conspiracy folks today. How many times will you guys need to be told the truth before you can beleive it? Have the lies of your hero curious George numbed you to it? Why do you hold so steadfastly to your idiotic conspiricies? I have come to think that you all have no real ideas only those that the AM radio puts in your head. No ability to rationalize or even to use critical thinking (have you even heard of such things?). Such good sheep but poor excuses for humanbeings. So wallow in your discontent and self loathing leave the real work of fixing the mess that was created by your monkey leader to the grown ups and by all means get off of your mommys computer

    December 22, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  12. I know the truth

    Anyone that believes we have chosen the right guys for the job of president and vice-president of this nation are absolutely crazy- How can you possibly think that for one second, we will be better off? The current administration is still paying for the clinton years- Don't you people get it? Nothing changes in just one or two terms in this country- We have had to shoulder the burden of the democrats for so long that we cannot get the nation back on its feet long enough to fix things. Middle america is so ignorant and believe what they see on TV that they continue to contribute to the decay of the very foundation that America is built upon. We are in a spiral that is out of control in ths country and nobody is competent enough to stop it in the democratic party. Already the elect is surrounded by lies, deception and cover-ups. We will be in far worse shape in 4 years! The Chief of Staff elect is a crook and a thug just like the gov of IL- They are all in this and now they have been caught and the lies are flying every which way- when will somebody have the intestinal fortitude to challenge these people and get the truth out in the open. Purely from an ethical standpoint, he does not deserve to take the office- we need to demand a new election or put the right guy in the office on Jan 20th. John McCain knows what this country needs and it is not more meddling by the democrats! Wake up America or it will all be gone while you lie in your beds of stupidity and false beliefs-

    December 22, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  13. Ariana

    uhhhhh..Rahm is sooo gorgeous!!!

    December 22, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. jjd

    To James D,

    You are right about it would have been perfectly alright for someone to talk to Blagojevich, I would have expected Obama or one of his staff to do so. However, when he immediately lied about it, you have to wonder what is he hiding or if his aides did contact Blagojevich without telling Obama, how trustworthy are his aides? If he can't trust his aides so early in the game, then what about when they have access to top secret info?

    December 22, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. Reality Check richmond virginia

    lets see, the President elects staff had conversations with the Guv and his staff about the prez elects vacant senate seat....zzzzzzzzzz......wake me up if you find something improper.

    December 22, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  16. Mystgreen

    Audio from Blago himself was called President Elect Obama and his staff as Effers because all they offered were words. What are all the idiots talking about here about Obama and his lies and corruption. Get a life you so-called conservatives.

    December 22, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  17. dave

    Obama is guilty of something here.....otherwise the gov. would not be holding his position.......and this Obama report to be released will be not quite the whole truth......anyone from Ill. politics stinks a certain amount or they don't survive.

    December 22, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  18. Truth Hurts


    While you conservatives are trying to dig dirty Obama. You better be careful because that ditch you dig for Obama. You might just fall in yourself!!

    December 22, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  19. Pround American

    You know, for once it would be nice to see ALL AMERICANS pull together and start working to get us out of the mess we are in. Would be a welcome change of pace. Fact: Obama is President, whether you like it or not. This is not a public forum to complain about the outcome of the election so get over it and grow up. We are in the worst financial downturn in history. People are losing their jobs left and right. Not being able to put food on the table where they once had job security. People reaching retirement age can not afford to actually retire because their 401Ks are depleted. There are MUCH WORSE things going on in this world than splitting hairs over who talked to who. Really, will it make a difference on the task at hand? NO! Instead of speaking on total speculation, why don't you get off your PC and volunteer somewhere help is needed and be productive with your time.

    December 22, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  20. norman reece

    this will come to not much. the real problem over the next 4 years will be obamas choice of biden for v.p. biden will butt heads with obama on every issue that he can get aleg up is going to be a contest of who is the boss. biden does not have the type of personality to allow him to play second fiddle.before obamas 1 st. term is over they will not be on speaking terms. this, so far is the only mistake obama has made in putting his team together

    December 22, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  21. Larry

    jjd, I believe Obama said he did not have contact with blago, and that he would release transcripts of anyone in his administration that did have contact with team blago. So...

    1. you cannot hear or read well, and
    2. he did not lie.

    December 22, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  22. gerri

    Report due tuesday,I wonder how the non-union Toyota workers are going to be blamed for their worst showing since 1940.Guess they should love slave wages and no benefits and shut up too or maybe they should look for jobs at Walmart.

    December 22, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  23. Tina

    Oh really? If Obama people did not open their mouth, why should this cheap thug Blago complain for? Don't you all know that Obama butt kissers would cover up for Obama at all costs????

    This ex-dem is not one of them!

    December 22, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  24. Bruce

    As a moderate independent, I see no wrongdoing by Obama or Emanuel. If there was no quid pro quo agreement and all Emanuel did was put out a name for consideration, I fail to see what all the fuss is about. I guarantee you the same conversations are taking place in NY right now about Princess Caroline taking Hillary's seat.

    December 22, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  25. susan

    It is time for Emanuel to fall on his sword for the 'good of the country'.
    We do not need the sleazey E connections with Balgo, Wyma, Mell, Rezko, etc., tainting this new Administration.
    Obama must push his chum to do the right thing.
    America deserves better than this lot.

    December 22, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
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