Barack's Excellent News
Submitted By Todd on December 24th at 8:34am
thorough investigation of Obama and his employees, that everyone is innocent!
"The accounts contain no indication of inappropriate discussions with the Governor or anyone from his office about a 'deal' or a quid pro quo arrangement in which he would receive a personal benefit in return for any specific appointment to fill the vacancy," the report, authored by White House Counsel-designate Gregory Craig, said. "We are satisfied there was nothing inappropriate that took place here, either in terms of conversations or communications or contacts, between transition officials and the governor's office," Craig said after releasing the report.Is Obama the first person elected president who has been interviewed by prosecutors before taking office?
President-elect Barack Obama and two of his top aides met last week with federal investigators building a corruption case against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, accused of trying to swap Obama's Senate seat for cash or a lucrative job.You've got to love the timing - this whole thing going down at the same time that the movie Frost/Nixon hits the screens.
Obama delayed releasing his report until U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald's staff had completed the interviews with Obama and his two top aides, incoming White House attorney Greg Craig said in the review.And they've tried their best to bury the report by releasing it during Christmas week.
Emanuel was the only Obama transition team member who discussed the Senate appointment with Blagojevich, and those conversations were "totally appropriate and acceptable," Craig said Tuesday. No one on Obama's transition team discussed any deals or had any knowledge of deals, Craig's report said. Sources have said Emanuel is not a target in the case. Jarrett also is not a target of the federal investigation, a transition official said. Both were accompanied by lawyers for their interviews with the prosecutor's staff, Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said.It may well be that the P-E's office has done nothing wrong. But they're doing their best to make it look suspicious. We're in a world of "sources" and "a transition official" being the generators of Barack's good news, along with a report issued by Obama's counsel.
Blagojevich attorney Edward M. Genson, who has said allegations that the governor was trying to sell or trade the Senate seat are built on nothing but talk, said Obama's report proves his point. "I've said from the beginning that there was nothing inappropriate, and this just corroborates what I've said," Genson said.He's right.
One conversation Fitzgerald's complaint described had hinted that the the Illinois governor was frustrated by contacts with Obama or some of his staff. "Blagojevich said he knows that the President-elect wants Senate Candidate 1 for the Senate seat," the complaint states, referring to an unnamed person thought to be Jarrett. "But 'they're not willing to give me anything except appreciation. [Expletive] them.'"Complaining about the lack of an offer from Obama doesn't mean that Blago was trying to shake Barack down. Elected on promises of transparency, excellence and changing the way Washington does business, Barack is off to a Nixonian start.