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December 11th, 2008
10:07 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Who Talked to the Governor?

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/12/11/blagojevich/art.obama.blago.gi.jpg caption="Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, left, and Barack Obama attend a 2007 rally for Chicago's 2016 Olympics bid."]
Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

President-elect Barack Obama says he's "absolutely certain" that no one in his office was involved in any deal-making with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who faces federal corruption charges.

FBI agents arrested Blagojevich on Tuesday. He's accused of trying to sell Obama's now vacant Senate seat to the highest bidder.

Today, Obama said he was "appalled and disappointed" by what's in the federal complaint.

"I had no contact with the governor's office. I did not speak to the governor about these issues," said Obama.

"What I want to do is to gather all the facts about any staff contacts that may have taken place between the transition office and the governor's office, and we'll have those in the next few days and we'll present them. But what I'm absolutely certain about is that our office had no involvement in any deal-making around my Senate seat. That, I'm absolutely certain of, and that would be a violation of everything this campaign has been about. That's not how we do business," he went on to say to reporters.

As for all those curse words the FBI says Blagojevich tossed around over the past couple of months.

"I won't quote back some of the things that were said about me. This is a family program, I know," said Obama.

Today the president-elect once again called on governor to resign.

"I think the public trust has been violated. So, let me be absolutely clear, I do not think that the governor at this point can effectively serve the people of Illinois," he said.

The governor isn't listening to his critics. He was back at work today. And, some believe he will fight for his job.

Or do you think Blagojevich will try to make a deal with prosecutors?

We'll have the latest on the scandal and today's other headlines starting at 11 p.m. ET, following Planet in Peril.


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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Louise

    OK, first of all, there is a FEDERAL INVESTIGATION going on! I think the public interest is far better served by letting the judicial system do its job. By forcing President-elect Obama and the transition team to disclose all they know about any “communications”, it may jeopardize important evidence, crucial to the case!

    Secondly, the governor of Illinois stikes me as narcissistic at the very least. Who really knows if he’s had ANY contact with the President-elect’s transition team? From what I read on that Affiadavit posted online, it sounds as though Mr. Blogejevich is full of bluster. He may have “hinted” at something, but never actually came out and made any offers.

    Mr. Blogejevich may not have spoken to anyone at all, but merely assumed that President-elect Obama and his team would not be receptive to any “deals”. Judging by the way President-elect Obama has selected his team so far, the vetting process has been very thorough.

    Now think about it. If an honest person on President-elect Obama’s team heard something bordering on inappropriate, they may have unconsciously chosen to give Blogejevich the beneift of the doubt and not even realized that he was suggesting anything improper. Many honest people tend to be that way and give someone the benefit of the doubt. Unless it was an outright proposition, it stands to reason that whomever Blogejevich may have dealt with may not even have realized they’d been propositioned. Blogejevich, on the other hand, would have taken that as a refusal of his offer, not ever realizing that the other person had no idea what he was suggesting!

    I think we all need to give President-elect Obama and his transition team a break and allow the process to unfold as it will and NOT try to interfere with an ongoing investigation by demanding answers.

    December 11, 2008 at 11:46 pm |
  2. Janeane

    I was born and raised in chicago, this is not surprising but worst than past instances. The governor is absolutely trying to get a deal, we in Illinois all know the man is a lunatic. I think there is a lot of where there is smoke there is fire logic and trying to tie him with president- elect Obama. Everyone in the state knows the man is a joke. No one talks to him, I wouldn't be surprised if he approached anyone he'd think would be a candidate.

    December 11, 2008 at 11:42 pm |
  3. heidi

    One would think that Blagojevich would try to cut a deal with prosecutors. It's not about Obama or the state of Illinios. Its all about him and what he can get, right?

    December 11, 2008 at 11:07 pm |
  4. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Whoever talked to the Governor will sooner or later be revealed. It won't surprise me one bit, if he spills it all if he thinks it will help his case. We'll see.

    December 11, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  5. TESS Chicago

    Crook has to go where he belong!! No deal!! He do not deserve any deal.He has to resign now!!Chicago People are sick of corrupt city government

    December 11, 2008 at 10:28 pm |
  6. Annie Kate

    The Governor is using his position as a way to get himself a better deal with the federal government who will charge him with political corruption, etc. I think the Illinois Congress ought to remove him from office and effectively take his leverage away. This man doesn't need to be in office for even another minute. Surely Illinois can impeach him?

    Annie Kate
    Alabama

    December 11, 2008 at 10:14 pm |