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Obama Attorney Clears Staff of Wrongdoing

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President-elect Barack Obama’s attorney has released a report saying none of Obama’s advisors had any inappropriate discussions with Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.

The report was conducted internally, so it doesn’t necessarily hold water with federal prosecutors’ investigation. But it does detail how Obama’s top advisors remember discussions they had about Obama’s senate replacement.

Greg Craig conducted the interviews and wrote the report. He says Obama’s chief-of-staff, Illinois Congressman Rahm Emanuel, had one or two direct conversations with Blagojevich.

CRAIG: Those are all predictable and appropriate conversations about individuals that might be considered by the governor and his staff to succeed the President-elect in the United States senate.

he report states Blagojevich did not confront any of Obama’s staff directly about exchanging a senate appointment for cash or political favors. Federal prosecutors have said the president-elect is not a target in their ongoing investigation of the governor.

Related:The complete report [pdf]

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