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Obama Aide: No 'Inappropriate Discussions' with Gov.

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Blagojevich, with Obama and Daley at a rally for Chicago’s 2016 Olympic bid in April 2007. (AP/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

President-elect Barack Obama’s team says an internal review shows his staff “was not involved in inappropriate discussions” with Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich over the selection of Obama’s Senate successor. An Obama spokesman said Monday in a statement that Obama’s lawyer, Gregory Craig, has kept federal prosecutors informed of the internal review “in order to ensure our full cooperation with the investigation” into allegations against the governor.

Blagojevich was arrested last week on federal fraud and bribery charges, including allegations of a scheme to profit from his power to appoint Obama’s replacement. Obama spokesman Dan Pfeiffer says he won’t release details of the review at least until the week of December 22 at the request of prosecutors.

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