December 23rd, 2008
10:10 AM ET
14 years ago

Sources: Obama internal investigation will exonerate team

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sources tell CNN that a report to be released by the Obama transition team will exonerate President-elect Obama's aides including Rahm Emanuel pictured in this file photo."]
HONOLULU, Hawaii (CNN) - Two Democratic officials are predicting that the long-awaited report about aides to President-elect Barack Obama alleged contact with the office of embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will largely exonerate Obama's transition team.

"You're going to see this is a lot about nothing," one Democratic
official said about the controversy.

The report is significant because of lingering questions about what role - if any - top Obama aides like Rahm Emanuel played in the so-called pay-to-play scandal now engulfing the governor of Obama's home state. Specifically, the report will document what contact Emanuel and potentially other aides had with Blagojevich and his aides about the governor's alleged attempts to auction off Obama's old seat in the U.S. Senate.

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  1. Frank

    Another nothing story that the extreme right wing of the Republican party has been trying trump up. They still want to operate in the past and just understand why they got their a*s kicked in the election, across the board. This wing of the Republican party will keep the party down for years until it is no longer. The Rush and Hannity group has destroyed the GOP and they won't be happy until the GOP is truly gone. Wise up!

    December 23, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  2. Haneefah

    I really don't think that, that is very important and that it will change this stinking economy. This stuff has no bearing on what is going on in America and with our American people. You-all are putting too much into this Blogo mess. We as a people are hurting and our homes are being lost and so are our jobs. Please talk about that not stupid Blogo

    December 23, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  3. Cricket

    Our country would be in much better shape if some of you would spend less time criticizing everything about our government and leaders and go and find someone in need of food or a child who won't get even 1 toy for Christmas. You might be surprised at the feelings you will experience. Ever heard "Tis better to give than to receive"??? It's true, believe it or not.

    Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me-Merry Christmas and God bless each of you and our troops.

    December 23, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  4. Baze

    An internal investigation? Riiiiight..... Gobama anyway though!

    December 23, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  5. roy

    This is all 'Much Ado about NOTHING'..........what a waste of time and energy when we (hey you Republicans child left behind!) should be focusing on fixing the economy and our foreign relations, both shattered by Bush.
    Posters please note these questions are phrased in such a way by CNN to make us antagonize each other........and we are suckers to fall prey to it again and again.
    CNN, how about some UNITING questions......oh no ratings and web hits there.

    December 23, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  6. Pete

    Wow, riveting. All the democrats said the democrats did nothing wrong, after Obama told everyone that he team did nothing wrong.

    Who needs journalists, now that the democrats are in charge?

    December 23, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  7. MaryanneAZ

    Wow! Such hatred and accusing over nothing. Everyone has to realize that EVERY contact will be revealed when the Governor is tried, including full transcripts of the calls involved. If there were any wrongdoing or inappropriate actions, then Fitzgerald would have indicted those who committed such acts. Fitzgerald specifically said from the beginning that no one on the Obama transition team, or Obama himself, was accused of any wrongdoing. All that the Obama team will be releasing today is a timeline of calls and subjects discussed during those calls. We do these types of evidentiary timelines at my law firm everyday. Typically, they say something to the effect: 7/10/08 – Call from X to Y. Discussed open senate seat. Recommended A for the position. Etc. It is my suspicion that the Obama team was the catalyst for the investigation into Blago's inappropriate senate seat selling ideas. I am so stymied that people are so ugly and cynical. Let's believe the best of our new PE, until a real event occurs where we have actual evidence of wrongdoing. We certainly gave Dubya a free ride for all of his lies and manipulations.

    December 23, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  8. Kevin, Illinois

    foxnews, what is your proof that obama's vacation is at taxpayer expense.

    December 23, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  9. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    Pat F December 23rd, 2008 1:29 pm ET
    Q: How can you tell that the left has no facts to back up their beliefs?
    A: Because they immediately have to resort to ad hominum attacks.

    Q: How can you tell if someone can't spell?
    A: When they spell "ad hominem" with a U!!!

    December 23, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    Jerrycal December 23rd, 2008 1:53 pm ET

    Sure they will investigate themselfs of course they will find no wrong
    Wow, this has been an extraordinary year.
    First, we elect a black president. And now, "themselfs" becomes a word!!! πŸ™‚

    December 23, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    kelly WI December 23rd, 2008 11:29 am ET

    I see the dems are still as naive as possible. Not only sheep but blind sheep.
    Yeah, and we all know what Republicans like to do with sheep when nobody's looking!! πŸ™‚

    December 23, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. Fed Up

    Obama sold a senate seat.
    Bush destroyed the world.

    Get your priorities in order. If Obama gets nailed as corrupt, vote him out. If not let’s quit the kindergarten play and move on with fixing our country.

    You people sicken me, my 10 year old acts better than most posters on here. I really hope most of you are trolls. If not, I feel sorry for you. You are pathetic.

    I hope to bring my kids up in a better world. I guess that won't happen in this country as long as there is so much division and immaturity.

    December 23, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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