Obama Vows Probe of Contacts with Gov.

Ad Feedback

President-elect Barack Obama said he will release the results of an internal investigation into what conversations his aides and advisers may have had with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, whose office has been rocked by scandal.

Obama said the report would be released in a matter of days at a news conference held Thursday.

According to the Obama team insiders, the internal probe will examine every contact that was made between Obama's team and Blagojevich's camp.

The President-elect has tried to end the tide of questioning about whether members of his staff were involved in Blagojevich's alleged schemes to sell Obama's vacant Senate seat to the highest bidder.

Prosecutors have said repeatedly Obama was not involved.

"I have never spoken to the governor on this subject," Obama said.

At the news conference to introduce former Sen. Tom Daschle as his secretary of Health and Human Services, Obama said he has not spoken to investigators. He was less clear whether investigators sought to have conversations with his aides.

"I have not been contacted by any federal officials," Obama said. "And we have not been interviewed by them."

"I'm confident that no representatives of mine would have any part of any deals related to this seat," he said. "I think the materials released by the U.S. attorney reflect that fact."

In order to be certain, Obama is still having everyone checked out. But it was not revealed who would be in charge of the investigation. An Obama spokesman declined to give any details.

Obama said he was "absolutely certain" that "our office had no involvement in any deal-making around my Senate seat." But he raised questions about how he could be so certain when he said he plans "to gather all the facts about any staff contacts that I might - may have - that may have taken place between the transition office and the governor's office."

Obama ran his presidential campaign focused on changing the way Washington works. His campaign spoke about empowering grass-roots activists and inspiring service to the country with the words "Change We Can Believe In" used as a campaign slogan.

The Democrat and former Illinois senator was well aware of the consequences surrounding the scandal. He closed the news conference with these words.

"Finally, on this matter, let me say that this Senate seat does not belong to any politician to trade," Obama told reporters. "It belongs to the people of Illinois, and they deserve the best possible representation."

Log in or create an account to post a comment.  


Are you seeking answers in life? Are you hurting? Are you facing a difficult situation?

Find peace with God, discover more about God or send us your prayer request.

Call The 700 Club Prayer Center at 1 (800) 823-6053, 24 hours a day.

A caring friend will be there to pray with you in your time of need.

CBN News


CBN News is a national/international, nonprofit news organization that provides programming by cable, satellite, and the Internet, 24-hours a day. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.