Thursday, December 25, 2008

Obama's Staff Cleared in Blagojevich Affair

Internal report conducted by the future White House legal counsel has cleared the staff of US president-elect Barak Obama of any wrongdoing in the Blagojevich affair.

Rod Blagojevich is the governor of Illinois, the state that Mr Obama represented in the US Senate before being elected president. The governor is suspected of attempting to sell to the highest bidder the Senate seat left vacant by Mr Obama.

The internal report has determined that none of Mr Obama's staff were involved in the attempted sale. In particular, the role of Mr Obama's future chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel came under particular scrutiny. The report determined that, while Mr Emanuel had discussed the vacant seat with Mr Blagojevich, and suggested a possible candidate, he had offered the governor no reward for choosing that candidate.



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