After an internal review, Obama has cleared himself of any wrongdoing:
During a news conference in Chicago, Obama called the findings “thorough” and “comprehensive.” He also reiterated that “there was nothing that my office did that was in any way inappropriate.”
According to a spokesman for the presidential transition office, that internal review shows aides to Obama had no “inappropriate discussions” with Blagojevich or his staff concerning the search for a Senate replacement from Illinois.
Please note that “no discussions” has been WORMed* into “no inappropriate discussions.” Obama held a brief press conference where he answered THREE WHOLE QUESTIONS before rushing off to finish a waffle or do something else of vital importance.
But don’t hold your breath waiting for the report, they aren’t releasing it until next week:
Spokesman Dan Pfeiffer said that the office won’t release details of its review until the week of Dec. 22 at the request of prosecutors “in order not to impede their investigation of the governor.”
United States Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald confirmed that request in a statement: “After the President-elect announced an internal transition team investigation, the United States Attorney’s Office requested a brief delay of the release of a report of that investigation to conduct certain interviews.”
Again, please note that they said “the week of” meaning they could drop it on Christmas Eve at 5 p.m.
Meanwhile, Chis Cillizza says the GOP is trying a “guilt-by-association” gamble:
National Republicans moved aggressively over the weekend to link scandal-tarred Gov. Rod Blagojevich to President-elect Barack Obama — a guilt-by-association tactic that represents a significant gamble for a party still looking to pick itself up off the electoral mat.
The Republican National Committee released a web video (read: electronic press release) over the weekend that dug up a series of pro-Blagojevich quotes from Obama — dating back to 2002.
Oooh, those evil Republicans are stooping to using Obama’s own words against him!
*What Obama Really Meant