“I’m confident that no representatives of mine would have any part of any deals related to this seat”…..”What I’m absolutely certain about is that our office had no involvement around any deal-making, that I’m absolutely certain of. “
Fox Chicago News has learned about possible conversations between a top Obama aide and the governor regarding the open senate seat.
Craig Hall of Fox Chicago News reports that:
“A reliable source familiar with the investigation confirmed that Rahm Emanuel did, in fact, have multple conversations with Governor Blagojevich and his chief of staff, John Harris, about the seat. The source says there was a list of names given to the governor’s office of candidates that would be acceptable to President-elect Barack Obama.”
It is further reported that these conversations took place after the wire taps were in place and after Rahm Emanuel was appointed as Obama’s chief of staff, so the conversations are likely recorded and in the hands of the FBI.
When asked about this by a Sun Times reporter, at a concert he was attending for his kids, he wouldn’t answer, saying he was there to be a father and pushed the reporter’s recorder away.
UPDATE: Blagojevich chief of staff, John Harris, has resigned. He was arrested along with Blago on Tuesday and released on bond.
UPDATE: How long before Emanuel goes under the bus? Some give it a week.
Posted: 12.12.08 Update: 12.13.08