[Guest post by DRJ]
Obama’s report on his staffs’ contacts with Gov. Rod Blagojevich regarding the Illinois Senate seat should be released in minutes. The New York Times reports it will reveal limited contacts by (or regarding) 3 staffers:
“Rahm Emanuel, the Illinois congressman selected by Mr. Obama as his White House chief of staff, had a handful of contacts with the governor’s office. At least two other names also are expected to be mentioned in the review, including Michael Strautmanis, a longtime aide to Mr. Obama who once worked for Mr. Blagojevich.
Valerie Jarrett, a close friend to the Obama family who is a co-chairwoman of the transition effort, could also be referred to in the report. Her name was raised as a possible candidate for the Senate seat, but she withdrew from consideration last month and took a position in the White House.”
Whether or not this report is correct, the Obama report won’t be the final word on the subject. The FBI tapes are still unreleased but could be at some point. In addition, there will be more questions if it turns out there were 3 Obama associates involved in Blagojevich talks rather than just Rahm Emanuel as originally thought.
It will also be interesting to see how forthcoming Obama will be during this transition period.
UPDATE 1: The AP’s first summary of the report says “no one close to Obama suspected that the governor might be trying to sell Obama’s Senate seat as prosecutors allege.” It also states that Emanuel and Jarrett have been interviewed in connection with the investigation.
“We were clueless” is not what I was hoping to hear.
H/T Maybee and Pablo.