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Obama Lawyer Clears Obama Staff of Wrongdoing in Blago Report

5:00 PM, Dec 23, 2008 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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Whitaker had one conversation with one person claiming to represent the Blago Team:

In the period immediately following the election on November 4, 2008 - on either November 6,
7 or 8 - Deputy Governor Louanner Peters called him at his office and left a message. When he
returned the call, Ms. Peters asked who spoke for the President-Elect with respect to the Senate
appointment. She explained that the Governor's office had heard from others with
recommendations about the vacant seat. She stated that the Governor's office wanted to know
who, if anyone, had the authority to speak for the President-Elect. Dr. Whitaker said he would
find out.

The President-Elect told Dr. Whitaker that no one was authorized to speak for him on the matter.
The President-Elect said that he had no interest in dictating the result of the selection process,
and he would not do so, either directly or indirectly through staff or others. Dr. Whitaker relayed
that information to Deputy Governor Peters.

Looks like things are mostly innocent, here, aside from Rahm's suspiciously faulty memory. I don't wish to cast aspersions on Team Obama before there is evidence of misdeeds, but I will note that the Washington press corps is awfully happily credulous of a Democratic internal investigation, conducted by Democrats, of Democrats, to clear Democrats of possible collusion with another Democrat, released on a holiday weekend at 4:30 p.m. while the principal and powerful subjects of the internal investigation are temporarily absent from the American mainland.

Yep, not raising any flags for me, either. Now, everybody go on vacation.