Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and President-Elect Barack Obama
And, Obama is obviously NOT going to answer any questions about the matter.
At today’s Chicago press conference, Obama was pressed by only one reporter out of four about embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
The president-elect cut the Chicago reporter off — claiming that he didnâ€™t want to â€œwasteâ€ their time â€“- before they could finish a question about Blagojevich.
â€œDo you have another question?â€ Obama asked, indicating the reporter should move on to another subject.
However, the reporter continued, trying to get Obama to remedy a seeming conflict between Obamaâ€™s â€œhands-offâ€ approach dealing with the Blagojevich investigation and his promise for openness and transparency.
â€œThe U.S. attorney’s office specifically asked us not to release this until next week,â€ Obama said of his Transition Teamâ€™s internal investigation that has yet to be made fully public, â€œThe facts are going to be released next week. It would be inappropriate for me to comment.â€
The Transition Team will make their investigation available on Dec. 22nd, which will confirm who on Obamaâ€™s staff communicated with Blagojevich. No one on Obamaâ€™s staff is accused of any wrong-doing by the U.S. Attorneyâ€™s office.
Obama said he has not confirmed the Chicago Tribuneâ€™s reporting over the weekend that his incoming Chief of Staff, Rahm Emmanuel, had a conversation with Blagojevichâ€™s staff.
â€œI haven’t confirmed that it was accurate,â€ Obama said as Emmanuel looked on from the side lines of the press conference, â€œI don’t want to get into the details at this point.â€
And, next week Obama and his family will be vacationing in Hawaii and probably be unavailable for questions.
The press is starting to get wise and although there is nothing to indicate at this time Barack Obama’s direct involvement in the selling of his U.S.. Senate seat there remain some unanswered questions, particularly as to the role of his Chief of Staff, and former Illinois Congressman Rahm Emanuel.
Obama held his news conference shortly after his transition office released a statement by spokesman Dan Pfeiffer saying the internal review had found no wrongdoing.
Like the president-elect, the statement left several issues uncovered.
It did not say whether Emanuel was heard on a wiretap providing the governorâ€™s top aide with a list of names that the president-elect favored. Nor did it say who, if anyone, on Obama transitionâ€™s team had made contact with the governor or his aides concerning a replacement for Obama or whether Craig interviewed people under oath, or to whom he talked.
Pfeiffer said the review â€œaffirmed the public statements of the president-elect that he had no contact with the governor or his staff, and that the president-electâ€™s staff was not involved in inappropriate discussions with the governor or his staff over the selection of his successor as U.S. Senator.â€
So, the exit question: What is Obama trying to hide?