December 23rd, 2008
12:45 PM ET
14 years ago

Biden: 'No inappropriate contact' between Obama team, Illinois gov

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Vice President-elect Joe Biden will head a new task force on working families on Jaunary 20, 2009."](CNN) - Vice President-elect Joe Biden said a report expected later today detailing contact between the Obama transition team and Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich would show there had been "no inappropriate contact" between the two camps.

“I don’t think there’s anything to exonerate,” Biden told reporters following a Tuesday morning economic briefing in Chicago.

Blagojevich has been accused of trying to sell the Senate seat that had been held by President-elect Barack Obama, and was arrested earlier this month. The president-elect had ordered his team to compile a report listing all conversations between the transition office and the Illinois governor. Obama said several days ago that the public release of the list had been delayed at the request of federal investigators.

“It’s been clear that the president-elect has had no contact with Blagojevich, and you’ve seen that he’s asserted - and you’ll find in the report that’s being released today - that there’s been no inappropriate contact by any member of the Obama staff or the transition team with Blagojevich,” said Biden Tuesday.

The report is slated for release late this afternoon.

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soundoff (98 Responses)
  1. naqib

    Better wait on that Joe...

    Chicago Sun Times
    "Tony Rezko may have seen the train leaving without him and wanted to jump back on.
    His sentencing is off again as it appears the businessman is talking again with authorities about alleged misconduct under Gov. Blagojevich's administration.
    The back and forth concerning Rezko's sentencing happened as Rezko grew tired of being locked up in solitary confinement. Rezko demanded to be sentenced immediately even though he hadn't yet signed on to a cooperation agreement with the government.

    But he apparently reconsidered following last week's revelation that Gov. Blagojevich was recorded for six weeks and that a member of his inner circle, John Wyma, was also talking to the feds. There is no future sentencing date set and there is no status in Rezko's case until next year."

    You all remember this guy right. Raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Obama... gave him a half million dollars in free property... is wrapped all over Harris, Blago, Obama (primary fund raiser in Illinois), Daly, Emanuel... is mentioned in the FBI report over a hundred times.

    Oh the fun is gonna keep on coming!

    December 23, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  2. arc, Lugano CH

    AnaB December 23rd, 2008 2:27 pm ET
    Yes, what a horrible thing to do, take a vacation before starting the most stressful job of your life.
    Your Republican President, Your shining beacon of 'American Values' is still the chief executive until 1/20/09. If the President-Elect began to push his agenda at this time you would complain about that. Remember that your vote created the last 8 years.

    December 23, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  3. watcher

    Hey, AnaB:


    That's 4 letters, not 3.

    December 23, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. Baze

    canuck December 23rd, 2008 2:28 pm ET

    interesting to see the news coverage and this message board if you changed the name Obama to Bush.

    Why are you, or anybody still surprised that people don't like Bush? Dude, that's the way it is, get over it.

    December 23, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  5. J.P.

    The first rule I learned in J-school was this:
    "If your mother tells you she loves you, get a second source."

    Not today's media... "What's that? Someone 'on the inside' said their 'internal investigation' exhonerates everyone 'on the inside' and that nothing 'inappropriate' was done? OK, that's good enough for me... hey, thanks for the beer, Barry."


    December 23, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  6. C.T.

    J.P. did some black dude take your girl or something???

    December 23, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  7. Chris from STL

    If you don't believe this report, just wait for the FBI investigation to complete and the Blago trial go public .... The TRUTH will eventually come out.

    However, I do believe that Obama administration is telling the truth.

    December 23, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  8. KBPH

    Used you words carefully joe!

    December 23, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. worriedmom

    "inappropriate contact" ????? what kind of excuse is that?? either you had contact or you didn't. It was told to us in the beginning that NO ONE on his staff had contact, hmmm what a difference 3 days make! like i said before, we will be hearing these excuses for a lot of things.
    Get use to it!

    December 23, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  10. Debby

    Okay Joe, we believe you since you always told the truth and never flip flopped. Yeah right.

    December 23, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  11. eugene

    the demographics for the 2008 presidential race was finally released in the minority vote was 27% like i predicted,all the media is continuing to tell people is obama won because of the white moderates,its not true,obama won this because of the rise of the minority voters,obama recieved the smallest percentage of white voters for democrats in history,59% of his voters was white,compare to 41% of his voters was minority,thats amazing,ive been talking about this for a whole year now,because the media refuses to talk about it,democrats dont need that much of the white vote anymore,for instance obama recieved ,52.9% of the vote total,and 21.6% of that was minority voters,in 2004 kerry got only 16.3%,in gore only got 14%,what am trying to say is the gop is in a world of trouble the white vote is shrinking at an alarming rate,back in 1980 the white vote was 91% in 2000 it deeped to 81%,now its only 73%,in by 2016 i predicts it will be only 67%,which means the democrats will only need 44% of white voters in 2016,this year obama really only needed 57% of white voters to reach 50%,the republicans are in a world of trouble,in they know it,i predict the gop will be extinct by 2020,the party is over for the gop,g-bush my friends was the last republican president you guys ever going to see,no matter how bad the democrats screw up,because the big rise of the minority vote the democrats will never lose again,they can run bozo the clown in still win.

    December 23, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  12. Mr. Lugo

    It doesn't matter what anyone says, if you don't like Obama you are not going to believe anyone.

    I can bet anyone on this blog that when the FBI clears Obama and his Cabinet members the first words to come out of Haters' mouths is "The FBI is in the tank for Obama"

    I guess 62% of the American people is also in the Tank for Obama, as well as the Supreme Court for dismissing the lawsuits against Obama.

    Keep making up conspiracy theories, while the rest of civilized and educated America moves forward.

    December 23, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. jd

    Say it ain't so Joe. Slick your hair back and let the new president elect buy you another round.

    December 23, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  14. Jonita

    It simply doesn't matter even if U.S attorney Fitzgerald cleared them of any wrong doing....They will simply say he was paid off PE Obama can't win it simply doesn't matter what he does...He is President and everytime someone he knows gets busted ...he is some how dirty?...For the next 4 years how mant investigations will the Republicans asked for?to bad they didn't asked for any with the current Prsident and Vice...

    December 23, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  15. MD

    I gotta believe that all the hateful people on this blog are independently wealthy enough that no matter how bad things get in the US, they will be alright.

    Oh, no???. Turns out most of you are dirt poor but so filled with hate you would rather see the country and our new administration completely fail before allowing a smart BROTHER to TRY and get us back on track.

    I guess no matter what, idiots stick with idiots...

    December 23, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  16. Mr. Lugo

    I hate when people say the Media is in the tank for Obama. Last time I checked the Media is in the tank for viewers. Because Obama doesn't pay their salaries, subscribers and advertisers do.

    If Obama was guilty of anything the media will be all over it because it brings in viewers. And if some media outlets are in the tank for Obama, what makes you think another outlet will not publish the story? The early bird catches the worm. in the media, the first to break the story reaps the rewards. Use your head. The media is still a business and they aim to make money.

    December 23, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  17. Mr. Lugo

    Hey eugene,

    So what your telling me is there is no such thing as a Republican who is also a minoriy?

    Wow......just WOW!

    December 23, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  18. naqib


    "democrats will never lose again,they can run bozo the clown in still win."

    I think you just proved that in this election... LOL

    December 23, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  19. williefloyd

    Virginia-just how many more reasons than you've been given do you need to believe???
    If you're determined to get more answers spend some of your free time reading his excellent book "Promises to Keep". May help you understand why so many consider him to be a great statesman.

    December 23, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  20. Mike O'Brien

    Governor Rod Blagojevich of Illinois and your (big mouth) wife.., 'resign' and leave us along.. Mike in Montana

    December 23, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  21. LIP

    He who protesteth too much, casts a shadow upon himself or something to that effect. Problem is this: when the media is constantly in your face and trying to get you to say just one sound bite that they can manipulate and distort to their joy, then it all becomes irrelevant.
    Let sleeping dogs lie which means just let this thing go away and let the Atrtorney General do his job. This Attorney General is not in the tank with anyone as he has been taking down both sides, which is good.

    December 23, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  22. jp,michigan

    If what vice-president elect Biden states is true, why didn't someone else do the checking of the traditional teams e-mails and phone calls instead of doing their own investigation? This is not transparency as President elect stated there would be!

    December 23, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  23. AnaB


    Hey, AnaB:


    That's 4 letters, not 3.

    LOL, I know. I was actually responding to the person using the "three letters j-o-b-s" screen name and using their quote.

    December 23, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  24. bibi

    Some peoples' minds are so twisted. Obama is not going to ruin his achievements with silly little lies at this stage in his life. Get over this ans see waht you can do to help fix your country. Every little helps.

    December 23, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
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