The Obama/Blago report of the internal review was released about 4:30 p.m., as promised. It is in the form of a memo to President-elect Obama, from White House Counsel, Greg Craig, dated December 23, 2008.
The report contains accounts of President-elect Obama, Rahm Emanuel, Valerie Jarrett, David Axelrod, and Dr. Eric Whitaker. Mr. Craig states that these accounts were communicated to the Office of the United States Attorney in interviews that were conducted last week and that the release of the report was delayed at the request of Mr. Fitzgerald.
The interviews with the federal prosecutors took place over a period of three days: Thursday, December 18, 2008 (President-elect Obama); December 19. 2008 (Valerie Jarrett); and December 20, 2008 (Rahm Emanuel).
Dr. Eric Whitaker, a family friend, was asked for information by a member of the Governor’s circle and that account has been included in the report, even though Dr. Whitaker is not a member of the transition staff.
The complete report here.
Eric Whitaker is a new name to me. Some interesting facts are reported by Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times on October 28, 2008, in an article entitled “Obama’s pal Eric Whitaker, his Tony Rezko tie.”
Their friendship began when they were graduate students at Harvard University. Now, Whitaker is one of Obama’s closest advisers.
Whitaker, 43, of Chicago, often travels with the presidential hopeful on the campaign trail and has vacationed with him in Hawaii. There’s talk Whitaker could be in line for a federal appointment if Obama becomes president.
Five years ago, Obama, then an Illinois state senator, gave a “glowing” reference for Whitaker to Tony Rezko, the now-convicted political fixer who helped Gov. Blagojevich find people to run state agencies. Blagojevich hired Whitaker to be the state’s public health director.
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Friends of Barack – The Inner Circle
Good synopsis and screen print of the report at The Smoking Gun.
UPDATE: Just read that Rahm Emanuel is in Africa, perhaps on Safari and, of course, Barack Obama is in Hawaii. Could they have gotten any further away from the mainland as this shoe drops? They should both be here to answer any and all questions about this. I don’t think this delay, dodge, and sidestep is the hope-n-change that was promised. The President-elect and two of his closest advisers being questioned by federal investigators is big news and it will not go away. This should be all over the news. But I shouldn’t be surprised it is being played down, they will cover for them.
UPDATE 2: Well, darn, how did I miss this. Whitaker and Jarrett are in Hawaii with Obama.
A Hawaii vacation over Christmas and New Year’s Eve has become a tradition for the Obamas and the families of three of their closest friends, Martin Nesbitt and his wife, Anita Blanchard; Eric Whitaker, and Valerie Jarrett. Obama contemplated a run for the presidency in Oahu over the holidays in 2006, telling reporters at the time that he would reveal his decision after he returned.[More Here]
Posted: 12.23.08 Updated: 12.23.08 Update 2: 12.24.08