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

Internal Obama report: No inappropriate contacts with Blagojevich

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Internal report states no inappropriate contacts were made between Obama aides and Blagojevich."]
(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. Peace

    Folks get over it! There was no any deal which was carried out. No one on earth gets convicted if he hasn't done anything.

    It was caught on tape that Obama team is not ready to give anything. Can anyone tell me what was the wrong-doing done here!!!

    December 23, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. P. D.

    So, after days of endless coverage, this is coming to a close. Why aren't the MSM investigating the disappearance of billions of dollars in Iraq? MSM loves the trivial crap. Isn't their some celebrity in hot water?

    December 23, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. Kevin, Austin

    Joke Report should change his name to Joke Poster... There is no conflict of interest in Obama releasing a report that says he and his team had no inappropriate dealings with Blagovich. You don't have to believe him. The FBI has done it's own investigations and THERE IS ZERO SUSPICION from them that Obama or his team did anything wrong. So grow up, grow a pair, stop being a weasel.

    December 23, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. mary

    People who don't want Obama to succeed are always going to find something wrong with whatever decisions he makes, so I'm sure this investigation will hold no weight with them.
    The man hasn't even been sworn in and he's already received so much negativity. To me it's just immature the way some folks in America are acting towards the president -elect, and quite, may I add unpatriotic.
    Give the man the same chance we gave the sorry administration his is replacing. That's the least we can do. My hats off to him for even wanting to be the President with what Bush left behind for him to inherit-- A BIG MESS!

    December 23, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. Scott NYC Independent

    @ joke report – No because if you were paying attention the U.S. Attorney – Fitzgerald said the same thing when this scandel initially broke. Is there a reason that you can see why the press didn't want to believe the U.S. Attorney who broke the case?

    December 23, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. AEK

    It would appear that the Obama team report that there was no "inappropriate" contact in relation to his Senate seat is supported by Patrick Fitzgerald's comments weeks ago. Of course you know that partisan hack who tenaciously investigated and prosecuted the Bush/Chaney/Rove folks too probably can't really be trusted. So I guess the haters will just have to find a new subject and Rush and Billo the Clown can go to commercial.

    December 23, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  7. go away mongers Ventura ca

    Just as we knew already- Barack Obama is above this sleaze-ifested numbskull. Too bad that people like Blago, Rove, Cheney, Bush, Rumsfeld, Seamtor Wide-Stance, etal seem to take over the news cycles.
    CHANGE is on the way and it's a good thing it is!

    December 23, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  8. HouseDiva

    Blago is a diversion...wake up people

    December 23, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  9. Matt

    In American politics, the accusation equals the conviction.

    December 23, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  10. Mike H.

    Obama folks investigate themselves and render a verdict of not gulity. Did anyone expect a different result? What a joke!

    December 23, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  11. Diversity is the key

    And of course it doesn't matter to any of you wanting the Obama team to be involved that the the investigating federal prosecutors had pointed out several times that neither Obama or his team is a target of the investigation.

    Pretty pathetic that people want him to be involved just so they can feel better their candidate lost.

    December 23, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  12. Seth

    The report seems very unbiased being an "internal investigation". What a friggin joke.

    December 23, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  13. Scott NYC Independent

    We have become so jaded with Presdients lying to us about almost anything that when they are being honest most people want to believe the worst. The U.S. attorney already cleared the Obama Team so why did the press keep saying there might be something here we don't know. Why did the press go for the head lines instead of the truth and why was the U.S. Attorney's word not good enough? Now that Obama conducted an internal investigation and released it, which I might remind everyone was what the MSM and republicans were yelling for the past week, its useless and not valid because he was "investigating" himself. Actually the Obama team were just crossing their "I's" and "T's" or in the business world its called CYA

    December 23, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  14. Tony

    I don't know why the report was even released. No matter what it says the media is going to continue to blame Obama for Blagos actions. If this is what an Obama Presidency is going to be like, I feel for him. No matter what he is going to be harshly criticized.

    December 23, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  15. wanda

    @ Joke Report posted 4:59

    GOD IS A GOOD, ALL THE TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 23, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  16. Bloomfield NJ

    Please let move on to issues with substance like war crimes against the current Administration… I wish MSM asked this kind of questions before going to IRAQ war…

    December 23, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  17. No Smoking Gun

    Oh I know Sean Hannity is having a cow. He really hates Obama. But we love our next

    December 23, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  18. Soccer Nana

    All of the tapes will be played in court and everyone will hear who spoke to whom and what was said to whom.

    Obama, as well as his Transition Team are well aware of this; that being said, they have no reason to "attempt" to deceive us.

    Blagojevich is the person being investigated; let's remember that.

    December 23, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  19. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    "No inappropriate contacts?" Sounds like someone's being accused of being a bit too "hands on," if you know what I mean...

    But maybe that's a good way to describe having their hands in someone else's back pocket–like most politicians do.

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

    Never saw an "internal" investigation that I trusted. This terminology is usually a dead give away that something has been covered up especially when you hear it from the military. One usually snickers and crosses their fingers behind their backs when reporting of their own "internal" investigations.

    December 23, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  21. Joe Fattal

    As I said once, politicians especially chicage style don't do nothing illegal. It might be inappropriate, unethical, unfounded, but nothing illegal.

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

    This is exactly what the Republicans did to Bill Clinton. Spents years focusing on Monica Lewinsky and took him away from the real issues like catching Bin Laden. I hope to God that Obama does not waste time and get sidetracked on ridiculous issues like this Blago affair and focuses on getting America back on track.

    Watch out Barack, the Republicans want to sidetrack you so that they can blame you for not doing anything. Don't be fooled and best of luck our future President!

    December 23, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  23. Kathy in MA

    Is there so little news that we have to talk this to death? According to the transcripts we heard from Atty Fitzgerald, Gov. Blago was p.o.-ed because all he could get from the Obama team was "appreciation". Doesn't that tell the story? Why waste time on speculation, unless the Repub's want to taint the new President-Elect. This is beginning to sound like "when did you stop beating your wife?".
    So get a life, on the right, and wait for the good stuff coming from the O-team.

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

    Really? What's the story, then, with that woman Obama won't let out of his sight that is now back on his staff? She had been considered for that post in Illinois...

    December 23, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  25. Al, atheist from California

    Good to have finally a president we can trust. Trust not blindly but based on facts we know and on history of his service. Excellent team too.
    The more details federal investigation will release to public the better.
    Blagojevich should have been in republican party – there he'd get cronies and environment and rewards he needs. His mistake.

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