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
soundoff (365 Responses)
  1. Tammy - KCMO

    "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."

    The above statement should be the only thing the public needs to understand to know that Obama and his team are innocent of any wrong doing. It should be expected that his team would discuss their preferences on who should replace Obama in that position.

    Republicans and others that are still whining about the fact that Obama was elected need to get over it. He hasn't done anything wrong.

    December 22, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. David Goldman






    December 22, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. Sandra

    Anyone actually READ what the conversation was about?? Rod was pissed because Obama's team WOULDN'T pay-to-play – that is a GOOD thing!

    Had Rahm been caught trying to give him something in exchange that would be reason to think poorly of him, but no, Obama and his group weren't willing to give him aything more than a thank you. How is this possibly construed as something bad for Obama and Rahm?? I'm happy to hear they wouldn't go along with it, thrilled even!! One more sign the deceptive and stonewalling tactics of the last 8 years really are on their way out!

    December 22, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. Matt

    Bald accusations. Let's hear some analysis from you GOPers, instead of...well...I suppose we could just call it "waaaaah-nalysis."

    December 22, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. Stephanie from FL

    Wow, there are a lot of ignorant people trolling this site recently, aren't there? Too much stupidity to drown out some voices of reason trying to say, "Rahm is NOT involved any more than saying that someone needs to replace Obama."

    OOH, SHOCKER. But what else to expect from people who adore their current president, hellbent on taking anyone down with him, including our armed forces.

    December 22, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. Enough Already

    Can someone please tell me what is wrong with the Obama folks talking to the Governor of IL. I am sure they talked to the Gov of NY also.

    Please people, lets move on!!!

    December 22, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. M

    People, there is nothing unusual about an Obama aide speaking with the Governor about his vacant Senate seat; the only thing that serves to incriminate Rahm Emmanuel is whether or not there was a pay- to-play scheme involved, and my understanding is that Rahm Emmanuel said the only thing the Governor would receive in return for appointing Valerie Jarrett is appreciation.

    Obviously, that didn't satisfy the Governor; Ms. Jarrett was appointed as White House Advisor.

    Some of the comments in this forum sound as if you good ole red blooded Americans want Mr. Obama to fail. If he fails, we all fall. Come on people. Wake up!

    December 22, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  8. RinFL

    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 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. Ralph

    Al Franken for President.....
    Sleaze plus dirty jokes...

    December 22, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. Blind injustice

    Where were the people joining hands to help Pres. Bush?

    December 22, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. C W

    Rahm Emmanuel made a recommendation on who should fill Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat – just what he's supposed to do. Obviously, no deal was struck; otherwise, Blago wouldn't be on tape calling President-Elect Obama a "M-F" and complaining that if he followed Obama's recommendation, all he'd get in return is appreciation.

    No story here, move along folks.

    BTW, isn't it refreshing to have an incoming Administration that actually cooperates with investigations instead of hindering them? Welcome to a new era of responsibility and accountability – something Bush & Company have never bothered with.

    December 22, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  12. Enough Already

    Who killed America?. The NEWS media i.e CNN, FOX, MSNBC

    December 22, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  13. mary, colorado springs, co

    I'm from Illinois and it has always been a dirty politics state, even back during my childhood during the Big Depression. What makes anyone think it will change, or can be changed? The only things that will change are the faces in governmental halls.

    December 22, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  14. fair and balanced

    Change? Change is releasing detail of their communications without a special prosecutor, senate committee hearing or federal lawsuits.

    Do the Bush supporting commentators really think that the present administration is more open?

    We'll see what the next administration does. He doesn't have the job yet, so let’s relax and continue to hold the present administration accountable for destroying the economy.

    December 22, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  15. Erik in Iowa City

    Republicans want us to believe that talking is a crime because they have no ideas left. Keep pushing the fear machine around the lawn, losers. No one is listening anymore.

    December 22, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  16. deb

    It just amazes me how fast all the Obama haters jump on any perceived "wrong" Obama supposedly makes when THEIR candidate (McCain/Palin) did nothing but mudsling throughout the ENTIRE campaign, not to mention the idiot THEY elected not once, but TWICE! How can they have the audacity to say ANYTHING when Bush and his administration are the worst example of lying, cheating, cover-up, greed, etc., etc., etc., this country has ever had! Unbelievable!!!

    December 22, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  17. JKT

    How interesting that CNN reports "contact" as if talking to someone in of itself is a crime. Does nobody realize that it's what was specifically said that determines guilt or innocence? I could have had "contact" with Hitler if I told him where to get off, but even though I were 100% opposed to him CNN would implicate me by having had "contact".
    Oh, wait, I get it. This is just another GOP smear campaign. Anything they can do to discredit Obama. Same as Clinton. The standard "us vs. them" mindset still comes before love of country and letting a good leader actually help everyone.

    December 22, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  18. Phil

    I think this just the beginning to the exposure of corruption in our political system.....Electorial College vs Popular Vote anybody?

    The problems that we have today are not entirely Bush's fault, though many of them are *cough* bank bailout. Look at how the national debt was restructured back in the Clinton administration and now we have had to drain Social Security just to make the interest payments. Obama's plan to increase spending and cut taxes sounds like a surefire way to increase the national debt.

    The problems that we have now are a culmination of the decisions made by many past Presidents, and some things that Obama may or may not do during his administration will not be felt by the public right away.

    December 22, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  19. Underground Sanity

    What the comments show is how seriously broken the country is. Anyone with the intelligence to read and think who can still blindly support and be an apologist for the travesty of the Bush Administration is seriously deluded. Regardless of whether he was GOP or Democrat or Mugwump, his Presidency has been a disaster by any objective measure. We are heading for the worst economic depression in a half century and the buck stops with the President, although we cannot minimize the criminality of Cheney.

    There could be no case against Blagojevic if he had not spoken to someone in a position of authority. The question is what did they SAY. Reports so far indicate that Blagojevic was angry that Obama's staff shut him down and refused to be bribed. Simple logic, Blagojevic demands, Obama team says no, That is a big piece of the US Attorney case against the Governeor and why he logically asked Obama to hold off releasing a report until the indictment could be locked down. So what possible basis for all this crap about demanding resignations?

    What appears to have happened is responsible government ethics by Obama team and a show of integrity. Perhaps that is why some of the hater commentators are going crazy, They do not recognize or appreciate basic integrity, because it has been lacking in the White House for so long. Get a grip!

    December 22, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. Kevin Denver Colorado

    Repugs are generally terrified uneducated fear mongers....... I see they are out in force today!!!

    December 22, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  21. Kate Henry

    reggie December 22nd, 2008 12:31 pm ET

    It doesn't sound good for Obama's new chief of staff. Emmanuel may be out before he was actually in (the White House)…
    And exactly what crime did Emmanuel commit? Is it now against the law to call a Governor and say "Obama's personal favorite for the position is....."

    Get real and get a life.

    December 22, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  22. who cares

    At this point I really don't care what is going on in this country as far as our economy, politics, jobs, wall street, forclosures, ect ect ect. People in this most selfish country in the world have done this to themselves. Alot of the blame falls to the media. Americans have become so stupid that they will do anything that the press tells them to, even how to think. Religion is right up there with the press for stupid Americans also. For all the poor and the hungry in this country, I guess it is your misfortune that you were born into a country that spends more on fashion and cosmetics than on social programs for the poor, elderly, and hungry. SOCIALISM? Bring it on. At least people are taken care of.

    December 22, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  23. jm for sc

    It is not a crime for Obama's team to talk to this governor. I would bet everything on the fact that regardless to what was discussed, Obama's team did not offer to pay for the seat.

    We as American's need to get behind this administration for the good of this country. The media and people like Rick just need some thing to talk about. Bush will probably go down in history as the worse president ever. It would take Obama a lifetime to match the corruption that has taken place over the past eight years.

    Proud to be an Obama supporter even before the election.

    December 22, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  24. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz







    December 22, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  25. Kate Henry

    I am reading a lot of calls for Emmanuel to resign here. Can someone please tell me what crime he has committed?

    December 22, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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