December 16th, 2008
12:59 PM ET

Will Blagojevich resign? His lawyer says no

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/12/15/blagojevich/art.blagojevich.gi.jpg caption="Gov. Rod Blagojevich spent nearly eight hours Sunday talking to a high-priced Chicago attorney."]

The attorney for embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Monday night that he does not believe Blagojevich will resign.

Criminal defense attorney Ed Genson confirmed that he will represent Blagojevich against corruption charges.

Asked whether believes his client will resign Genson said, "No."

The statement came after a review of President-elect Barack Obama's transition activities concluded Monday he and his staff had no inappropriate discussions with either Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich or Blagojevich's staff about filling Obama's vacant U.S. Senate seat.

"There is nothing in the review that was presented to me that in any way contradicted my earlier statements that this appalling set of circumstances that we've seen arise had nothing to do with my office," Obama said during a news conference Monday afternoon.

Obama noted that U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, who is heading the investigation of Blagojevich, has requested a week's delay of the public release of the review so that it would not "interfere with an ongoing investigation" of the governor.

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