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Obama Says Inquiry into Blagojevich Contact Complete

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President elect Barack Obama says his office has completed an inquiry into what dealings his staff had with Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Blagojevich faces federal corruption charges for, among other things, allegedly trying to sell Obama’s vacated senate seat.

Shortly after Blagojevich was arrested and charged last week, the president elect said his office would review what contact it had with the governor.

Mr. Obama says that review’s done, and confirms what he said before.

OBAMA: I had no contact with the governor’s office, and I had no contact with anybody in the governor’s office.

Obama’s chief of staff Rahm Emanuel did reportedly present a list of preferred senate replacements to Blagojevich.

But there were no allegations Emanuel engaged any deal making—something emphasized by the president elect.

OBAMA: There was nothing that my office did that was in any way inappropriate or related to the charges that have been brought. Mr. Obama says he’ll release the results of his staff’s internal inquiry.

The U.S. Attorney’s has requested the transition office delay that release until more interviews are conducted.

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