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Obama will report gov contacts next week (Referred Review Request by DA until Dec., 22)
Politico ^ | December 15, 2008 | Mike Allen

Posted on 12/15/2008 1:00:09 PM PST by Red Steel

President-elect Obama's office announced Monday afternoon that he is deferring his report about contacts with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich until next week, at the request of federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald.

In a statement, Transition Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said the review confirms that Obama had no contact with Blagojevich or his staff and that Obama's staff had no "inappropriate discussions" with the governor or his aides on selecting Obama's successor in the U.S. Senate.

Obama had said Thursday: "What I want to do is 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. And we'll have those in the next few days, and we'll present them."

But his staff now says the review will be "deferred until the week of December 22" at the request of the U.S. attorney's office "in order not to impede their investigation of the governor."

Democrats outside the transition said they worry that the delay will continue to distract from Obama's message as he makes a final round of appointments before leaving this weekend for more than a week of Christmas vacation in Hawaii.

Here is the statement from Pfeiffer:

"At the direction of the President-elect, a review of Transition staff contacts with Governor Blagojevich and his office has been conducted and completed and is ready for release. That review affirmed the public statements of the President-elect that he had no contact with the governor or his staff, and that the President-elect's staff was not involved in inappropriate discussions with the governor or his staff over the selection of his successor as US Senator.

"Also at the President-elect's direction, Gregory Craig, counsel to the Transition, has kept the US Attorney's office informed of this fact-gathering process in order to ensure our full cooperation with the investigation.

"In the course of those discussions, the US Attorney's office requested the public release of the Transition review be deferred until the week of December 22, in order not to impede their investigation of the governor. The Transition has agreed to this revised timetable for release."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: bho2008; blago; blagojevich; bleepgate; coverup; emanuel; mediaacomplices; obama; obamatransitionfile; whitewash

1 posted on 12/15/2008 1:00:11 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

How convenient.


2 posted on 12/15/2008 1:02:03 PM PST by mplsconservative
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To: mplsconservative

Christmas document dump.


3 posted on 12/15/2008 1:03:08 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

Yep.


4 posted on 12/15/2008 1:03:49 PM PST by mplsconservative
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To: Red Steel

Just in time for the media bigwigs to go on vacation for about 2 weeks.


5 posted on 12/15/2008 1:03:49 PM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: Red Steel

this whole deal is so shady!


6 posted on 12/15/2008 1:04:20 PM PST by remaxagnt
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To: Red Steel

So, Obamah lied when he said last week that neither he nor his staff had any contact with the Gov. regarding the senate seat.


8 posted on 12/15/2008 1:05:09 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: cripplecreek

Obama will be in Hawaii for Christmas...taking care of business.


9 posted on 12/15/2008 1:06:02 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

Then we’ll start hearing Craig citing “executive privilege”.


10 posted on 12/15/2008 1:07:10 PM PST by Paine in the Neck (Nepolean fries the idea powder)
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To: Red Steel
Fitzgerald has his tapes. If he is allowed to do his thing and ask lots of questions to lots of people under oath, this will be bad for team Obama. Someone will purger himself.
11 posted on 12/15/2008 1:07:17 PM PST by outofstyle (There's a rake at the gates of Hell tonight)
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To: TexasCajun

Yes, Obama lied twice on consecutive days before the press.


12 posted on 12/15/2008 1:07:17 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

Post electoral college vote bump.


13 posted on 12/15/2008 1:07:27 PM PST by BGHater (Obama is a Neocon.)
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To: Red Steel

BLAH BLAH BLAH!....Obama, you stink!


14 posted on 12/15/2008 1:10:01 PM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Red Steel

“...this weekend for more than a week of Christmas vacation in Hawaii...”

He’s going to Hawaii, AGAIN??? I have nothing against going to Hawaii (I’ve been there myself——it’s a wonderful place!!), but shouldn’t “The One” be setting an example for the country, as many are struggling this Christmas? I mean, the man has the nerve to go to Hawaii on vacation when many Americans can’t even pay their bills! Shameful!


15 posted on 12/15/2008 1:10:18 PM PST by wk4bush2004 (Let the sound of intercession meet Your ears......)
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To: Red Steel
Armature ! The Clintons could get their stories straight in an afternoon.
16 posted on 12/15/2008 1:14:07 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Red Steel

fitz must protect Obama and absolve him of ANY wrong doing. Still think Fitz is fair?


17 posted on 12/15/2008 1:15:03 PM PST by teletech (Friends don't let friends vote DemocRAT)
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To: wk4bush2004

Maybe he is finally going to have a funeral for his “typical white” Grandmother. Not.


18 posted on 12/15/2008 1:17:40 PM PST by carikadon
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To: wk4bush2004
Yep! Off to Hawaii while the North East freezes its buns off. And more Ice and Snow to come!

My I hope AlGore is not going to meet with him in Hawaii ... those folks have never seen "Black Ice"!

19 posted on 12/15/2008 1:20:38 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: wk4bush2004

The Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers doesn’t celebrate Christmas, he has got to get out of dodge before someone wakes up and remembers that fact.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2051473/posts


20 posted on 12/15/2008 1:20:45 PM PST by CrystalD (Information is the currency of democracy.~Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Red Steel

“Obama had said Thursday: “What I want to do is 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. And we’ll have those in the next few days, and we’ll present them.”

But his staff now says the review will be “deferred until the week of December 22” at the request of the U.S. attorney’s office “in order not to impede their investigation of the governor.” “

Looks like “Operation Hide & Distort: has begun in Barky’s camp. What a liar. Uggh..will we ever get a President who is not a disgrace????


21 posted on 12/15/2008 1:23:28 PM PST by Commander X (Liberalism: Spurring the decay of the USA)
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To: Red Steel

So Husseins staff talked with Blago, but they didn’t tell Hussein about any of the conversations. It’s annoying that these people think all of us are as dumb as the voters who put Hussein in the White House!


22 posted on 12/15/2008 1:25:55 PM PST by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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To: Red Steel

I get 12/24 4:49 P.M. PST in the pool!


23 posted on 12/15/2008 1:27:03 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (SARAH *** JOE *** 2012!)
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To: Red Steel

I get 12/24 4:49 P.M. PST in the pool!


24 posted on 12/15/2008 1:27:14 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (SARAH *** JOE *** 2012!)
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To: Red Steel
fitz will blame Scooter Libby before this is all over.

LLS

25 posted on 12/15/2008 1:30:10 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! so sue me!)
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To: teletech
Still think Fitz is fair?

Sure... conducting the Plame investigation when there was no crime and he already knew who "outed" her was real fair. He's a real stand up guy.

26 posted on 12/15/2008 1:33:21 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: Red Steel
"at the request of federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald."

Yummy! More criminal complaints are coming before next Monday!

27 posted on 12/15/2008 1:34:31 PM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel
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To: bcsco

Hey, bcsco. Looks like Fitzie ain’t done making arrests in Chicago!


28 posted on 12/15/2008 1:35:19 PM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel
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To: Red Steel
In a statement, Transition Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said the review confirms that Obama had no contact with Blagojevich or his staff and that Obama's staff had no "inappropriate discussions" with the governor or his aides on selecting Obama's successor in the U.S. Senate.

How very Orwellian of Mr. Pfeiffer. No doubt the Obama regime's definition of "inappropriate discussions", which is the only one that matters right now, is very loose indeed, and they will make that phrase mean whatever they want it to mean.

They are telling you what to think before they release any details that might otherwise lead you to believe your own eyes and ears rather than accepting their say-so...

It reminds me of the UN's IPCC climate panel - the one that released the (essentially predetermined) conclusions of the report before the underlying analysis had been completed and released.

Get ready for four years of this garbage...

29 posted on 12/15/2008 1:37:17 PM PST by Zeppo
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To: Cementjungle
Sure... conducting the Plame investigation when there was no crime and he already knew who "outed" her was real fair. He's a real stand up guy.

Fitz is worried about Obama firing him so Obama can do no wrong as far as Fitzy is concerned. Blago is the fall guy in this and NOBODY else will be touched.

30 posted on 12/15/2008 1:38:06 PM PST by teletech (Friends don't let friends vote DemocRAT)
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To: teletech

Nothing personal, but I sure hope you’re wrong. At the very least I want to see Rahm-bo go down in flames.


31 posted on 12/15/2008 1:44:05 PM PST by mplsconservative
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To: Red Steel

This is a trap. Fitz knows exactly who on Obama’s staff had contact with the Blog’s office. If any of them lie about their contacts, Fitz will nail them for obstruction of justice or making a false statment to a federal agent.


32 posted on 12/15/2008 1:50:49 PM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: SeaHawkFan

Do you not think that Obama and company are aware of this, too and are carefully avoiding any perjury traps? This is a dry hole. Meanwhile, the Electoral College voted to elect Obama today.


33 posted on 12/15/2008 1:59:19 PM PST by mono
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To: mono
Do you not think that Obama and company are aware of this, too and are carefully avoiding any perjury traps?

That's the beauty of it all. If Obama's people tell the truth, they are in big trouble and the same if they aren't truthful; and if they decide to withhold any of the information, they are in trouble because Fitz already knows a great deal of it.

What Obama doesn't know are facts of which Fitz is unaware. All this makes it very difficult for Obama to decide just how thruthful he should be. It wil also force Obama to toss anyonewho is less than totally honest under the bus.

Say what you want, but Fitz is a smart guy.

34 posted on 12/15/2008 2:12:52 PM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: mono
Do you not think that Obama and company are aware of this, too and are carefully avoiding any perjury traps?

That's the beauty of it all. If Obama's people tell the truth, they are in big trouble and the same if they aren't truthful; and if they decide to withhold any of the information, they are in trouble because Fitz already knows a great deal of it.

What Obama doesn't know are facts of which Fitz is unaware. All this makes it very difficult for Obama to decide just how thruthful he should be. It wil also force Obama to toss anyonewho is less than totally honest under the bus.

Say what you want, but Fitz is a smart guy.

35 posted on 12/15/2008 2:12:57 PM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: Red Steel

Fitzgerald is running cover for Obama. First, he prematurely arrested Blago to protect Obama and his staff from getting in any deeper than they already were, and now he’s helping orchestrate a document dump down the public’s Fitzmas memory hole.

Change you can believe in.


36 posted on 12/15/2008 2:14:55 PM PST by beckett (Amor Fati)
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To: Red Steel
"the review confirms that Obama had no contact with Blagojevich or his staff"

It took The Messiah a week to determine he didn't talk to Blago? And the another week to release the "study". This guy makes BJ look like an amateur.

37 posted on 12/15/2008 2:25:59 PM PST by norwaypinesavage (Global Warming Theory is extremely robust with respect to data. All observations confirm it)
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To: Red Steel

Damn........ Where did I put those billing records. /s


38 posted on 12/15/2008 2:41:17 PM PST by stocksthatgoup
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To: TexasCajun
Correctamundo. How can we trust Comrade Obama on big issues when he lies about inconsequential issues?
39 posted on 12/15/2008 3:07:02 PM PST by Jacquerie (Islam is a barbaric political system in religious drag.)
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To: mplsconservative
I have draft copy of the internal report....

In an attempted gesture at humor, a joke, Rahm offered 500,000 dollars for a government “toilet” seat. Apparently the deranged and crazy governor thought this was an offer for a congressional seat. Blago just didn't get the humor.

When Rahm raised his offer for a “toilet” seat with a deferred payment of 1,500,000 Blago accepted the offer, proving he still did not understand that this was a joke about a “toilet” seat.

Rahm then reported to Obama that the crazy governor was trying to sell a toilet seat for 1,500,000 dollars. To go along with the joke, Obama said “lets buy it, I like that toilet seat, I actually sat on it for four years.”

40 posted on 12/15/2008 6:31:59 PM PST by PA-RIVER
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To: PA-RIVER
LOL! You, FRiend, are supremely qualified for a job with the 0bama administration. Well, except for the part where you acknowledge 0bama actually sat on a toilet seat like the rest of us mere mortals. :)
41 posted on 12/15/2008 6:42:12 PM PST by mplsconservative
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To: Red Steel
Just as FraudBama cannot produce the long form Birth Certificate, so can he not account for his criminality.

Why the delay? Why can't you and your people just come right out and emphatically state you are clean?

For if he were to do either, than he would be getting this: Photobucket
42 posted on 12/15/2008 6:51:21 PM PST by FTL
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