Dec 12, 2008 5:58 am US/Central
CHICAGO (CBS) ― Questions are mounting about the possible involvement of President-elect Barack Obama’s chief of staff Rahm Emanuel in the scandal engulfing Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
As CBS 2’s Joanie Lum reports, Blagojevich represented the North and Northwest Side’s 5th Congressional District in Washington before he was elected governor and Emanuel took over in 2002.
An examination of the FBI complaint against Blagojevich and the days immediately following Obama’s historic election victory suggests the governor was highly interested in Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett as a potential Senate appointee, albeit with a steep price tag.
The 76-page complaint contains multiple references to “Senate Candidate 1,” whose description clearly fits Jarrett, a former finance chief for Obama’s earlier campaigns and incoming senior White House adviser. Read More
Because of that, the question has thus arisen as to whether Emanuel had any dealings with the governor.
Emanuel did not appear at a news conference Thursday at which President-elect Obama addressed the Blagojevich scandal and announced Tom Daschle as his pick for Health and Human Services secretary.
But a Chicago Sun-Times reporter ran into Emanuel at City Hall, and said Emanuel refused to answer any questions about whether he had conversations with Blagojevich.
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