Thursday, December 11, 2008
Obama to list staff contact with Blago
By CRAIG GORDON & CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN | 12/11/08 1:59 PM EST Updated: 12/11/08 1:59 PM EST
Obama said he will release details of any communication between his team and the governor’s office over the seat in coming days.
President-elect Barack Obama said Thursday morning that he is “confident” no one representing him took part in any pay-to-play dealings with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich over filling Obama’s U.S. Senate seat, and pledged to release details of contacts between his team and the governor’s office in the next few days.
“I have never spoken to the governor on this subject. I am confident that no representatives of mine would have any part of any deals related to this seat. I think the materials released by the U.S. attorney reflect that fact,” Obama said at a Chicago news conference. “I’ve asked my team to gather the facts of any contacts with the governor’s office about this vacancy so that we can share them with you over the next few days.”
Obama said he personally wasn’t interviewed by the federal prosecutors and suggested no one on his transition team was either — but did not answer a specific question about what role, if any, his transition team played in the investigation.
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