December 23rd, 2008
04:39 PM ET
14 years ago

Internal Obama report: No inappropriate contacts with Blagojevich

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(CNN) - An internal report compiled by the Obama transition team concludes that neither President-elect Obama nor his aides - including incoming Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel - had any "inappropriate" contacts with embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich or Blagojevich's staff.

The report states that there is "no indication of inappropriate discussions with the governor or anyone from his office about a 'deal' or a quid pro quo arrangement in which he would receive a personal benefit in return for any specific appointment to fill the vacancy."

The report states that Obama himself had no "contact or communication with Governor Blagojevich or members of his staff about the Senate seat."

FBI agents arrested Blagojevich on December 9 after federal prosecutors alleged, among other things, that he had tried to "sell" Obama's former Senate seat. It is the sole authority of the Illinois governor to name a successor who would serve the remaining two years of Obama's term.

Filed under: Obama transition • Rod Blagojevich
soundoff (125 Responses)
  1. Franky

    Well, there you go!! People finally have something to look at that...

    And by the way, since this is an investigation, is gonna take a long time until someone gets pinned down. Plus, our Gov is acting like nothig happens and he ain't stepping down but not only that looks bad on my boy but looks bad on us.

    I'm telling you, there ain't no stock in here and is gonna take some time...

    December 23, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. AJ in Fla

    Yes, and I'm the king of England and further to that I have a nice bridge for sale in Montana

    December 23, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. Alan

    Everyone slamming Obama for even KNOWING this yahoo of a governor should look at their OWN favorite candidates and leaders in Washington and questioning how and why needs to remember - this ISN'T the Republican party and it definitely isn't Bush/Cheney. There might actually not be lies and coverups and innuendo at play, you know?

    December 23, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  4. Alert the media

    Obama team declares itself innocent of all charges...

    December 23, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  5. B.O by any other name is still b.o.

    I found an internal report conducted by the Nixon team that says while president Nixon had no contact with, nor any involvement in Watergate.

    Imagine that.

    December 23, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  6. Ken in NC

    Well the Obama team has released it's report indicating no wrong doing and until the Feds release the wire taps in a trial I have no proof that the findings of the Obama investigation are invalid. I hope his Team is aware that it would not serve them to lie in this report because the wire taps will prove them wrong and be very damaging to the Obama Administration. I think PE Obama is a much smarter man than that so now I'll wait to hear from the Feds on their investigation.

    December 23, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. La Gorda

    I propose zero tolerance for sleaze in government. So far, I believe that the Obama Administration is starting off well. They have been honest, if a little slower than some would prefer. I think it is best to be careful about what you say and take your time, myself.

    Gov. Blagojevich may or may not have committed a crime. Perhaps offering to sell a Senate seat is not a crime if you haven't actually received the money for it yet.

    Whether he committed a crime or not, he does not deserve to remain in public office. We all read what he said. There is no acceptable way for a governor to make those comments and keep the trust of the citizens of his state.

    He should be impeached, and there's no reason to take a lot of time doing it. Can you imagine a scenario in which he explains those comments in a way that public confidence in him will be restored.

    No one has a right to public office. Public office is the property of the people, and it is held in their trust.

    December 23, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. Kim, Charlotte, NC


    December 23, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  9. boered1

    So internal records show no inappropriate contact
    The prosecuter says no inappropriate contact
    The TAPES dshow not only no inappropriate contact but that the contact that was started by Blagojevich was turned down and that angered Blagojevich
    The FBI says no inappropriate contact
    The soon to be President says no inappropriate contact
    the soon to be Vice President says no inappropriate contact
    No evidence exist ANYWHERE of inappropriate contact

    The members of the radical religious right will now sound off on why they KNOW that President (Elect) Obama is guilty of treason, high crimes and misdomenors because he once bought some land, and got a good deal on the price of the land, from a guy who has some ties to this case in 3.2.1....

    idiots if that is your only evidence how about trying bush and cheny for the crimes comitted by CONVICTED republicans Lay and Stephens after all they were close friends with these two men and had deals with them while in the White House.. but I know that doesn't count since they are Republicans and you KNOW that they are all good people...


    December 23, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  10. Marc PTD

    Not really news. But it would have been flabbergasting news if Obama's camp had released findings along the lines of "Oh, yes, we were right in the middle of the whole mess". Of course their findings are that they are fully innocent. LOL!

    December 23, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  11. boered1

    AJ your bridge is in Alaska.. no wait you supported that bridge but then, when told it was not going to be funded, said thanks but no thanks.... is that the bridge you are talking about? But than maybe she was under the influence of something since the mother of her pregnant daughter's fiancee was a drug dealer and I KNOW they have met and probably talked and had events together....

    December 23, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. naqib

    Well that clears that up... thanks fellas!

    December 23, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  13. HouseDiva

    CNN why are you not reporting about Mike Connel?

    quit practicing yellow journalism, and get to the truth!

    December 23, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  14. Marc

    Case Closed!!

    Obama......A Real American Hero!!

    December 23, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  15. Baze

    This is like the Patriots' investigation of Spy Gate.

    December 23, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  16. Joke Report

    Let's see if I understand this. There is a suspicion that the Obama Team had inappropriate contact with Governor Price is Right, so in response, the Obama Team did an exhaustive investigation into the matter, and issued a report clearing themselves.

    Anybody else see a conflict of interst here or a circular mentality?

    December 23, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  17. debbie

    The Feds have been after this guy for YEARS – if there was something on Obama, they'd have it. The fact that an Obama aide may have told this nutjob "Obama would like to see XXX in the seat" doesn't mean anything. This guy has a mental illness ... he's a sociopath and his perception of reality is distorted to say the least.

    December 23, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  18. Norom

    AJ, don't you mean a bridge in Alaska?

    Jesus Christ himself could be the president elect and the Reptilian haters would be looking for ways to slime him

    December 23, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  19. Becky,KS

    Wow. Obama's people did the investigation. They concluded that Obama is innocent. Wow. What a newsflash. Did anyone expect Obama's staff to say anything different? How ridiculous.

    December 23, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  20. Jean2


    All of you should be asking about what happened to the money given the banks.

    December 23, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  21. Ike from PA

    Yo guys HELLLLOOOOOO!! Read the report. The President-Elect and some of his aides were actually interviewed by the US Attorney. Do you really think this is some kind of smoking gun or some kind of self declared innocence? This was about transparency and waiting until the US Attorney could meet with anyone who may have or did have contact with Blago's office. I think cynicism is overtaking your sense of getting facts before making judgments. Do you really think that the Obama team would release a report that the US Attorney could eventually dispute?

    December 23, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  22. Dan

    Obama haters are a sorry lot. There was never a single shred of evidence that Obama had anything to do with this. The Feds were monitoring Blago-dork for how long? If there was illegal contact, it would have come out by now.

    Anything to hate on Obama, no matter how ridiculous. You are all a bunch of pathetic whiny losers who make me laugh with your stupid comments. Crawl into a hole and die already.

    December 23, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  23. Erika

    This is funny! So much for change. Let's have all the crooks do investigations of themselves! Idiots. The American public surely cannot be this stupid. The foxes are watching the hen house, I see.

    December 23, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  24. Ian

    This report seems credible to me–from page 66 of Blagojevich's indictment:

    "Later in the conversation, ROD BLAGOJEVICH said he knows
    that the President-elect wants Senate Candidate 1 for the Senate seat but 'they’re not willing to give me anything except appreciation....'"

    So it sounds to me like Obama's people let Blagojevich know who they would prefer for the Senate seat, but were clear that they weren't going to get into any quid-pro-quo games for it.

    December 23, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  25. Suzi

    Supposedly Blagojevich's conversations were taped. Do you really think Obama's team would lie about it when it will be in a report? And since when has ANYTHING ever been a secret in our government? There are always leaks on every topic.

    PE Obama is a man of integrity and has made every effort to investigate his team ahead of time to make sure they have the same standards. Yes, he has to interact with the people in the world, just as you and I do – especially in his home state.

    His team is incredibly busy right now preparing the transition for Obama to take over our country during the most difficult time - probably ever. I can't imagine how complicated it must have been for his team to go through their records to find out who talked to that idiot Blagojevich, let alone recreate the conversation. It's normal business for them to contact the governor of their home state.

    December 23, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
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