After concluding his internal review, Obama said that there were no inappropriate contacts between his staff and Blagoveich. This confirms that their was some contact, but that was to be expected. Clearly, Obama has an interest in who would fill not just his Senate seat, but any. He would want someone who would be favorable to his policies. Their are still some unanswered questions, but Obama is not releasing the report for a week at the request of the US attorneys office.
Yesterday I postulated that Emanuel had contact with Blagoveich (see referenced post at Berman Post: "Questions Remain" - RNC Ad). In that conversation Blagoveich asked for a pay off of sorts and Emanuel rebuffed him but did not report the conversation to the feds. Again, this is based on conjecture but seems to make sense. Blagoveich was upset that Obama would not play ball with him. The only way he could have known that is if someone with the perceived ability to speak for Obama told him so. The most logical reason to protect the identity of that person and not be more forthcoming is that their is something they are ashamed of or have something to hide. If that "something" was illegal, the person would almost certainly have been booted from their position already. By process of logical elimination, we are left with a strong likelihood of a conversation between Blagoveich and a high level Obama staff person who learned of Blagoveich's illegal intent, rebuffed it, but failed to report it. Given everything else being reported, and based on who is talking and who is not, Emanuel is my vote for that person.
Blagojevich Scandal first reported on at Berman Post: Democratic Governor Rod Blagojevich (Illinois) Tried to Sell Senate Seat.
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"The Obama Transition Team has completed their internal investigation - promised last week by President-elect Barack Obama – detailing any contact their staff had with members of Illinois Gov Blagoveich
"That review affirmed the public statements of the President-elect that he had no contact with the governor or his staff, and that the President-elect's staff was not involved in inappropriate discussions with the governor or his staff over the selection of his successor as US Senator,” Obama Transition Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said in a paper statement."