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. nate

    Its Christmas. Is your life really so miserable that all you can do is continue posting angry rants against Barack Obama?

    December 23, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  2. Meka

    APPRECIATION, is all that Rob was getting from PE OBAMA.

    December 23, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  3. Nancy

    What do you want Obama to do, make up a story? Take the word of the AG from the beginning . . . "no one in the Obama camp is a target ". . . and until we hear differently, we have nor will we have anything! That's the way the prosecution works.

    So my fellow Americans, get on to the next issue. Those who choose to make this their story of the year, just think how you are fueling a story that has no relevance to your life. Da . . . like maybe two wars, the ever deteriorating economy, health care.

    Time to support the man we as Americans elected.

    December 23, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  4. Independant Thinker

    Let's wait and see what Blagojevich has to say about this.

    December 23, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. NJames

    Fitzgerald has been taping Blagojevich since October. Whatever Obama's team said in the report and to the prosecutor has to line up with those audio tapes ... where Blagojevich curses Obama on tape more than once for not providing him with anything more than appreciation. The potential of a case against Obama ended there. Fitzgerald stated that the Obama team is not being investigated or accused of wrong doing and held back the report until they could do whatever it is that they're doing to nail Blagojevich. This was already over before it started for the Obama team aside from the media trying to bump ratings or sell papers.

    December 23, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  6. Bill Charlotte,NC

    What seems clear to me is that never was a story... just as Obama said. Another thing that is clear is that the media won't leave it alone until the public gets sick of it. Finally, one could interpret from the report that Obama new Blago was poison and stayed away from him.

    But go ahead... right wings and media, do your archaeological digs and invent your conspiracies. I am going to worry about two wars, the economy and Obama's abs (makes me look bad).

    December 23, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  7. George Washington

    Regardless of if they had anything to do with it or not. What I find amusing is "after an exhaustive investigation, I found MYSELF to be innocent of any wrongdoing". Perhaps we should let pedophiles be their own jury?

    December 23, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  8. Andy

    @Lori: Obama is using the same excuse as Clinton, "no inappropriate contact". Apparently democrats have no clue what that means.

    December 23, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  9. carment

    Umm... why was there even need for a report from the Obama team? The US Attorney General Fitzgerald ALREADY said there was no inappropriate contact, and that no one on the Obama team is a target of the investigation - and this was after Fitzgerald would have heard all the tapes.

    Or are we now impugning Fitzgerald's integrity just so we can keep insinuating that "there might be something there"?

    December 23, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  10. naqib

    The Chicago Sun Times is saying Tony Rezko is cutting a deal.
    He knows Blago's out... and so is his help.
    Investigators will be doing interviews and have moved his sentence hearing back...

    More to follow... and he has the goods on everyone... very very close guy to Blago, Harris, Emanuel, Daly, etc, etc who's raised hundreds of thousands for Obama under various names... oh... and directly gave him a half million in property.

    Gonna be an interesting new year!

    December 23, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  11. Terry, Butte, Mt

    AJ, all our bridges in Montana are nice, you would be lucky to own one. I think you meant Alaska.

    It has been confirmed by EVERYONE now. No inappropriate behavior on the Obama camp. This is all Blago.

    Move along media, nothing to see here.

    December 23, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  12. Matt

    The next 4 years will consist of the following: The Dems trying to get things done and the GOP issuing a constant barrage of baseless accusations and slander in an attempt to undermine Obama and the Dems prior to the 2012 election cycle.

    The 4 years after that: Obama sitting in the rpesidency and the GOP wondering what it did wrong...again...even tho we warned them on November 4, 2008 that we wouldn't put up with it any longer.

    December 23, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  13. Self-righteousness

    Right, he is the last angel standing, only time can tell if he is a true Christian, or a mere regular churchgoer, with absolute moral standards: Absolute honesty, absolute purity, absolute unselfishness and absolute love.

    December 23, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  14. BC in NC

    Let Cambell Brown take care of this story. She knows everything.

    December 23, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  15. KG

    Note: This is an "internal" report. You want to be cleared? Release all emails and phone records to the public in relation to this case. Then we'll see if you are "externally" cleared. Otherwise, you're not proving anything other than that you can withold possible evidence.

    December 23, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  16. Texas Teacher

    Okay... there you go... we need to let it rest and let Illinois take care of their problem... We have more important news to cover now... like what are the Wall Street Bankers doing with our TAX DOLLARS?

    Just saying.... 🙂

    December 23, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  17. Dave, Illinois

    I don't know if there was any inapropriate contact between Obama's team and Blago's. But it seems to be pretty arrogant of Obama's team to clear itself as if it were an unbiased investigative body. Where is the press outrage over this? If this was Bush, they would be going ballistic by now. The MSM's credibility is extinct.

    December 23, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  18. IndyGreg

    It's funny seeing many trying hard to find Obama guilty... Anyone has a reason to believe this report is not honest? Obama raised millions of dollars during his campaign but he will seek to benefit from his seat in the senate???? Makes no sense... Some people (mainly republican haters) will rather try to throw dirt on Obama than to actually accept all the corruption and incompetence during Bush's presidency which resulted in this economic crisis! Those are the real thugs!

    December 23, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  19. Judge and Jury

    According to the memo, Emanuel was confused about whether Obama wanted him to push any single candidate for the seat. It was he, supposedly, who took the initiative and recommended Jarrett to Blago, thinking Obama would want him to; only “later” did he learn that The One didn’t want to express any preference beyond the short list. Question: Um, is that likely?

    December 23, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  20. robert bock

    obama is sure feeling the bad times that most of us are feeling oh, he is on vacation, i forgot.

    December 23, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  21. Jonathan Edwards

    This is a catch-22 for Obama.

    December 23, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  22. DIZIZI31

    another scheme bites the dust... and another one's gone.. another ones gone.. another scheme bites the dust, Hey what will Rove or Hannity do? Another scheme bites the dust. What will they run with next? Another scheme bites the dust

    December 23, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  23. Chris

    I dont understand why people could possible believe Senator Obama had anything to do with the Governor Blagojevich. I do completely believe that Governor Blagojevich given the opprotunity would have "sold" Senator Obama's seat to the highest bidder. However, I think he, Governor Blagojevich, was caught before he ever had the opprotunity to start the bidding process. I honest dont understand how he, Governor Blagojevich, could be so stupid. They have been saying for months that Representative Jesse Jackson stood the best chance at replacing Senator Obama in the US Senate, if Senator Obama won the election. If all of the sudden so no name rich guy from Illinois became a Senator, it is almost certain that someone would have investigated it further and found the truth that way. Please dont believe Senator Obama had anything to do with Governor Blagojevich. Governor Blagojevich needs to step down. Senator Obama has enough problems to deal with next year he doesnt need to worry about a corrupt Governor. Merry Christmas to all!

    December 23, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  24. canuck

    the messiah has spoken, now be quiet about this or else.

    December 23, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  25. Gay Marriage

    Hate to say "I TOLD YOU SO" Republicans move on you LOST now get over it. If you must have some sort of crime, how about Bush and Cheney for crimes against humanity, or how about War crimes. "AJ" your a village Idiot and should never be allowed outside unsupervised. That bridge has already been purchased by the entire population of United States of America.. It's in Alaska with the other village Idiot.

    December 23, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
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