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Obama camp report on Blagojevich expected soon

WASHINGTON — President-elect Obama will offer details early this week about his transition staff's contact with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is facing federal charges of plotting to swap appointment of Obama's Senate successor for cash or a job.

One Democratic official said Sunday that an internal report Obama ordered would be released no later than Tuesday.

The official, who requested anonymity because the report is not yet public, said transition aides were eager to make public their findings about discussions with Blagojevich's office and move past the distraction that the governor's scandal had become.

The report is expected to disclose details about contacts with Rahm Emanuel, Obama's incoming chief of staff, who Blagojevich aides have said spoke regularly to the Democratic governor.

Also, the legislative committee considering impeachment of Blagojevich could be at the beginning of its work or nearing the end, depending on the wishes of federal prosecutors.

If prosecutors give the okay, the Illinois House committee will explore the federal criminal charges against Blagojevich by interviewing his aides, reviewing documents and questioning witnesses to the actions that led to Blagojevich's arrest.

However, some committee members say they expect U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald will steer them away from anything related to his investigation.

If that happens, the panel has little left on its agenda.

"I think we could wrap up our work within two days, maybe three," said the committee's top Republican, Rep. Jim Durkin.

Chairwoman Barbara Flynn Currie, a Democrat like the governor, wouldn't go quite so far. She said new issues could still come up and prolong the committee's work, which began Tuesday.

The committee, which is supposed to produce a recommendation on whether lawmakers should pursue impeachment, hopes to hear today what limits prosecutors will suggest.

Obama camp report on Blagojevich expected soon 12/21/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 1:15pm]
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