Daily Archives: December 25, 2008

Obama lawyered up for interview with federal authorities

It’s Christmas and everybody’s busy and occupied with other things, but some pretty significant events have taken place in the past week.

For one, on last Thursday, the FBI – that’s right, the FBI – interiewed President-elect Obama, and close associates, Valerie Jarrett and Rahm Emanuel and each were represented by private counsel.

And then on Tuesday, December 23, a report by White House counsel Greg Craig was released more or less declaring no problem with respect to Obama, Jarrett, Emanuel, and the other two mentioned in the report, David Axelrod and Dr. Eric Whitaker.

But, as I said, on last Thursday, December 18, the President-elect was interiewed by federal authorities.  And it’s, oh, well, as if he coughed.     NBC New York says:

Obama was not under oath, but he was represented in the FBI interview — as well as throughout the internal review — by Bob Bauer, the shrewdly pugnacious Washington super lawyer who represented Obama’s campaign. Each of the four Obama associates referenced in the internal report also retained attorneys, although only Emanuel and Jarrett sat for interviews with U.S. attorneys and FBI agents.

Valerie Jarrett who was interviewed by federal authorities on Friday, December 19, was represented by Vince J. Connelly, a partner in the Chicago office of Mayer Brown and former prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago.

Rahm Emanuel, interviewed on December 20, hired W. Neil Eggleston to represent him.  Eggleston served as an associate White House counsel under President Bill Clinton. A Washington defense attorney at Debevois & Plimpton, Eggleston represented former White House Political Director Sara Taylor during the federal probe into the 2006 dismissals of federal prosecutors.

It is unclear who represented Axelrod and Whitaker.  The report does not say, and transition sources said they did not know.

According to Politico,  they tried to contact Obama’s lawyer, Bauer, the day the internal review was released but he hung up on the reporter and then forwarded all calls to voice mail.

Some are calling for an independant investigation since the report Craig made was only one side of the story.

I mentioned in a previous post, Obama, Jarrett, and Whitaker are together in Hawaii on an extended Christmas vacation, and Rahm Emanuel is in Africa.

Posted:  12.25.08

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