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. Brenda

    Alan – Please explain your comment : " ... this provided us with Bush, who has given us EIGHT YEARS of lies, innuendo, and outright theft. His family is DIRECTLY connected to the Bin Laden family. "

    Do you have VERIFIED FACTS to back up your statement or just innuendo?

    December 22, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. Jessica in IL

    OMG, WHY is this a story?
    On the tapes, Blagojevich said all Obama was willing to give him was appreciation. Sounds like Obama's camp wouldn't play ball!!
    People are so quick to find any little thing "wrong" with the president-elect! "See! See? I told you he's not perfect! See!" Get over yourselves.

    December 22, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  3. Fred the moderate

    You know what's funny about this. At some point and time, the Senator from Ill. will have some contact with the Gov. of Ill. It will naturally happen and in this case, his Senate seat is avalible and he may have a preferrence, which means, they will have to talk to the Gov. I'm not saying negotiate, but talk to the Gov. There's no bush speak here. Actually, there's nothing here!

    December 22, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. drummajor66

    Why do you guys keep re-hashing this story line???????????
    Emanuel did nothing ILLEGAL!!!!!!!! Got it???????????

    With exception of Hilalry, it is standard for a senator giving up his seat to talk about who he would liek to swee get that seat. You guys act like (a) it's illegal & (b) only Illinois does it.
    Emanuel didn't offer anything up. He do that pay to play game. All he talked about was who Obama wanted, who Obama thought could help Dems in the senate.

    You guys are pathetic. You are always trying to create new/sdrama.

    What is the average age of the folks doing the Politicalticker 9 years old?

    December 22, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  5. Neo-Con

    Wake up people and connect the dots!

    Blago = Illinois, Obama = Illinois, Blago and Obama are in this together because they are/ were in the same state.

    Obama was trying to sell his own seat and blame Blago. Obama was going to take the money and buy yellow cake uranium for Darth Vader. Who was then going to turn it into nukes to destroy Antarctica.

    Wake up sheeple! Obama is nothing but trouble.

    December 22, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  6. Matt B

    As an independent who does not like the George Bush administration, I am stunned at your post.

    Let's look at the facts: The Democrats have attacked Bush for the last eight years, both professionally and personally. The Democrats have done whatever they could to see the war in Iraq fail (which I agree we shouldn't have been there in the first place but that is besides this current point), the economy fail etc... To sit here and be the martyr is absolutely ridiculous Alan. BOTH parties play the same game to the detriment of this great country. Partisan politics have always existed, from the battles of John Adams vs T Jefferson all the way through to today with the Bush White House vs Pelosi and Reid.

    December 22, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  7. Boston Irish

    I thought Obama stated he did not have contact with the Governor regarding someone filling is senate seat. He also said none of his staff did either. Well, sounds like he is obviously mistaken. Personally, I find it hard to believe that anything said to anyone by his staff is not known by Obama. If he doesn't know, then he should.

    December 22, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. Dave

    For all you ADD-afflicted folks who couldn't finish the article before popping off a response, note the end of the article:

    [quote]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.

    December 22, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  9. Jb1969

    Let's just call it what this is. The "conservative base" (mostly consisting of hiprocritical white biggots) are mad as H-E-double-hockey-sticks that a black man has been elected President of United States (not the Divided States) of America.

    Eat your heart out Fox News, and all the rest of you hate mongers in sheep's clothing!

    December 22, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. Matt

    Funniest part is that Blago was out of his mind angry that Obama's team wouldn't give him anything and yet the GOPers still blindly espouse crazy conspiracy theories and harbor irrational hopes that this will bring Obama down. More of the same: the GOP still hasn't figured out that you need FACTS and EVIDENCE to show that something is can't just repeat it ad nauseum and stick your fingers in your ears screaming "lalalalalalalala" when someone points out FACTS and EVIDENCE contrary to your position. It's only digging your hole deeper to continue that way.

    December 22, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. Matt

    Of course Emmanuel talked to Blago. There was nothing wrong with that. Candidates vacating a seat always speak to the governor about possible replacements. Why wouldn't they?

    The key here is that Emmanuel and the Obama team refused to make any deals.

    December 22, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  12. Mike in Ca

    There is no point in intelligent discourse here. All the right wing haters and racists will insist on their points regardless of any facts. There will be no change in these extreamists' thinking. Fortunatelly this country is changing, and hopefully in another 20-30 years they will die off, although there will always be a smaller group around.

    December 22, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  13. Paul from Phoenix

    An internal report clears Emmanuel. Shocker.

    December 22, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Travis, PA - for your comment "He should go to jail and Illinoians should learn a lesson to pick someone better. That should be it. Leave Barack alone, he has a country to fix, thanks to George-Do-Nothing-Bush"

    YES HE SHOULD GO TO JAIL and I dont think they should let out George Ryan either that no good son ****, however ... I hate to break the news to you but .... it really doesnt matter what state you live in b/c policits are politics and there is going to be problems no matter where you live it's not just IL .. I have lived in IL all of my life and yes I am not happy with the past couple of people we have elected into office but like in every election you have to vote for who you think is best and for some reason he won a 2nd term?? people voted for who they thought was best at the time. Everyone knows that when a politican opens his mouth and starts talking no matter the party he is lying and sometimes you get stuck with the election results that you hoped would not turn out this way.

    Now that IL has a bad rap for politics I think I am going to move to Alasks so I can see Russia from my house 🙂

    December 22, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. That Little Fly that Sits on the Wall

    Hate to tell you this Travis of PA, but this mess that we're in comes from the Clinton era. Not saying that the Bush era could have done something sooner but if you're going to point fingers at least research a little before you jump. As a card carrying Republican I can honestly say that I don't think Obama's camp has anything to do with Blagojevich. I would also like to add that I, like everybody else who blogs on this site don't know for sure either. Remember that we are pawns of the media and we will know what they want us to. When the indictments fly and the gavel falls, justice will prevail........ Yeah, right.

    December 22, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  16. sammieb51

    If he had not spoken to the governor about this situation, the press would be saying Obama was negligent in not inserting his choices and/or recommendations for the spot. The press needs to pay attention to George - what is up with this 'abortion ruling / healthcare conscience' deal that went into effect last week that will literally take an act of Congress to undo - while the press was making up a story about Pres Elect Obama, they ignored Bush entirely. Give me a break!

    December 22, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  17. Pete Turner

    This all a big nothing. Of course the Obama team talked with the governor. That's exactly what you would expect when the governor is the one with the authority to fill his senate seat. What Obama denied was any "improper contact" not "any contact, period." The evidence I have heard is that they rebuffed Blago's attempts to wheel and deal, and he didn't like it. All above board, all correct. So many people just want to believe that any Democratic politician from Chicago has to be corrupt and it does not fit their belief system that Obama could have risen to power within that environment while refusing to play along.

    December 22, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. Anne

    Chris, Democrats didn't have to lift a finger to sabotage Bush...he screwed up spectacularly without our help or our votes.

    December 22, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  19. fairness

    People want to know the truth, and they deserve to know the truth. If one want to be trusted, he/she has to speak the truth. Because the truth soon or later will come up on light.

    December 22, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  20. bird

    so the Obama campaign did their own investigation.... As the Chruch Lady would say "Isn't that special?!" I am sure Madoff's team did their own investigation and Madoff is free and clear of any wrongdoing as well. You don't trust a horsethief with the keys to the barn. get a real, independent investiagtion and then see how far down a rat-hole this new administartion is really taking us

    December 22, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  21. deb

    I'm sick to death of the MEDIA CIRCUS! There is NO proof of any wrong doing by Rahm Emmanuel! Of course they are going to TALK to the govenor! It stands to reason that they'd discuss who the next senator would be! Come on, folks! Please don't listen to all this media spin! Give Obama a chance! The media just likes to stir the pot at ANY little opportunity it can grasp! Pathetic!!!

    December 22, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  22. tmess

    The Republican U.S. Attorney says that Senator Obama and Representative Emmanuel did nothing wrong.

    Like it or not, Blagojevich is currently the Governor of Illinois and has the power to appoint Obama's successor. As such, if as a concerned citizen (much less the President-elect who would like a favorable person in the position), you wanted to suggest a person to be U.S. Senator, the person who you would have to contact is Governor Blagojevich. There is nothing wrong, improper, or illegal in making contact.

    What was wrong was the Governor's apparent attempt to demand a quid pro quo. As the tapes clearly show, the Obama campaign refused to play that type of game.

    Yet the far Right, who believe that being a Democrat means that you are guilty even if proven innocent and that you are unfit to be President (regardless of what the voters say), still want to claim that these tapes prove that Obama is conspiring to break the law. These claims are frivolous at best and would be laughed out of any court in the country.

    December 22, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  23. Vince Los Angeles

    I am absolultely amazed at how completely ignorant most people are!! Have any of you that are commenting against Obama READ the article above?? DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU READ??? There is NO "cover-up"....there is NO "implicit connection or involvement"....There was NO "mistake" by Obama about this incident.....You conspiracy-theorists need to go soak your heads or adjust your tin foil hats.......GEEZ!

    December 22, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  24. Liane

    Iowa Mom – He is lying because he said that he had no contact. He also said that his office had no contact. Additionally, he said that neither him nor anyone working on his behalf had no contact. BO said this in press conferences. BO's manager said that BO had contact but then recanted the story.

    Now we know that in fact Emmanuelle did have contact. Why say you didn't if you did. That is a lie.

    December 22, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  25. Brenda C

    "and the cow jumped over the moon'. What fairy tale is next obama? I know you only use one's with happy endings. I would say Emmanuel is more like "Humpty-Dumpty had a great fall all the kings horses and all the kings men couldn't put Emmanuel together again", but Humpty didn't have obama then either. Obama would have sworn Humpty didn't even fall. Lies from start from Obama and lies till he's gone.

    December 22, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
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