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-- and Hannity and -- Rich Lowry sitting it was John once again is in -- again and we get right to the big developing story tonight the Obama transition team.
Has released its long awaited report detailing their contacts with embattled Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich.
The report seems generally consistent with details leaked over the weekend specifically.
At the president elect.
Did not have any personal contact with the governor or his office with respect for the open senate seat but the report also says the chief of staff Rahm Emmanuel.
Did discuss -- seat with the governor Blagojevich in one or two phone conversations.
Little bit different than what we heard over the weekend.
Was that Emanuel then that we heard spoke to the governor just -- it's also worth noting that from the report appears that Emanuel -- Have several conversations with the governor's chief of staff about the open seat.
And even suggested names beyond that of Valerie Jarrett which we already knew among other people the names he suggested included congressman Jesse Jackson junior.
You'll remember that it has been suggested the Jackson was one of the candidates -- supporters may have tried to bribe the governor Jackson has denied that.
But his -- attorney admits that the congressman was indeed the -- candidate number five named by the federal prosecutor.
There's also -- bizarre story in that report concerning doctor Eric -- a close friend and confidant.
Of the president elect Whitaker was approached by deputy governor -- latter Peters.
Who said that the governor had heard recommendations from other people about who should fill the seat.
And wanted to know who spoke on behalf of the president elect.
According to report Whitacre told the deputy governor at the behest of mr.
Obama that nobody spoke -- his behalf and he was not interested in quote.
Dictating the process now to -- to remember that this report was not prepared by independent investigators but by the Obama transition team themselves.
Joining us tonight -- analysis Fox News contributor Karl Rove Karl welcome back NATO and analyst Mary Christmas Merry Christmas to you I'm not offended by that by the way OK with -- -- -- -- Let me ask you about what we just said and -- transition team report you see any problems here.
Well no -- I see some interesting some interesting points I have five takeaways from this first of all Barack Obama was more involved.
In this process than he -- on two weeks ago his news conference.
On the and on the ninth.
November he has a meeting with people in which they agree upon a list -- -- Rahm Emanuel.
To give that list Blagojevich nothing wrong with that nothing unethical but I we've seen -- sort of lay that out to the American people at his first news conference.
Second and perhaps most interesting to me is Rahm Emmanuel offers of Valerie Jarrett as -- possibility -- Blagojevich before talking to Barack Obama.
The report says he talked -- Blagojevich on the sixth between the sixth and the eighth of November.
That's before the meeting on the ninth where.
Where that the president elect says here's my list of names in a once you Rahm Emmanuel or maybe they -- at the end of Rahm Emanuel -- right person pass -- on the Blagojevich.
Whatever way it happens.
Before that meeting.
Wise Rahm Emanuel recommending Valerie Jarrett is he advocating her -- he's check with Obama.
Was he trying to get a erstwhile you know competitor within the White House on a separate track to become the United States senator.
The third interesting thing to me is where did Rod Blagojevich get the idea that he was only gonna get appreciation only if no one.
Had a discussion about some quid pro quo and finally.
I just raise a question as to whether or not this was wise on Rahm Emanuel is part -- a point after the ninth of November when he's going to be the chief of staff.
If when the question reaching out to the governor of Illinois about a political question.
It would be better as a prospective chief of staff for him to say you know what a -- has -- staff shouldn't be doing that kind of politics let's figure out who else could pass that message July that.
Interesting analysis -- but obviously the real issue here is whether -- -- there was a -- a quid pro quo.
Whether or not one was offered certainly what we know no one was not accepted we -- -- -- as you mentioned about well I'm getting his appreciation.
So they've seen nothing condemning condemning in this report.
Well what we we know that right from the beginning if FitzGerald had listened in on these conversations and had found something that that involved -- the the Obama camp making an arrangement with.
Blagojevich we would have known about it in the original complaint.
But it is interesting to me where did where did the -- Blagojevich get the idea that he was gonna get nothing from them except appreciation.
If they if there was no discussion of a quid pro quo there's -- you know they're they're what it would there's other characters who've entered into this like the good doctor.
And -- -- others that are not involved directly in the Obama operation.
But nonetheless seem to be taken by.
-- -- -- if they were you saying -- -- Blagojevich may have asked somebody you know for something in return but -- the message back was it clearly was.
You know you know we did you just -- our appreciation so that doesn't allocated but in Obama's side.
No accepted Obama's that -- the Obama report by Gregory Craig goes out of its way to say in each one of these segments of it.
Explicitly there was no discussion of a quid pro quo or -- personal benefit from the governor well.
If the -- over on the one side having all kinds of conversations with his own people about what he wants out of this.
And what we get out of the -- other reporters and nobody had a discussion about a benefit and yet old but Blagojevich is saying hey they're good they're gonna give me nothing but appreciation.
Where he developed that sense where where there had to be some conversation with somebody which they said.
Hey don't be talking to us about that kind of stuff you're -- begin anything except our best wishes for doing the right thing when you -- Right person hey Karl it's rich -- business thanks much for being -- you -- thank Carl what everyone -- remember about the support of course this is Obama aides.
Taking the word of other Obama aides for what happened this wasn't insistence a serious piece of investigative work out in May be that nothing.
Was actually on toward here on the Obama side.
But Carl can you imagine the press being they're treating us so consequential.
And showing such deference to an internal bush team report over the last eight years -- No no I I don't and look here's one other thing.
This is another example of the press management style.
Of the Obama team the issue and on a day -- Obama is on vacation and wanna -- available for questioning.
And Rahm Emanuel is on his way to Africa and unavailable and Joseph Biden who obviously knows not a single thing of consequence about this is a person who lays it out.
And and you know there's an interesting article this week in and the New York Times magazine by.
By mark Levkovich -- it was a profile Robert Gibbs and it was interesting.
The mindset of the Obama people who said look we got good press because we deserve good press know.
They got good press because the media slobbering all over and they had a thrill up their collective leg.
Fast and and an end and there's a certain is there was almost a certain air against and that how they talk about transparency and openness and yet.
Robert Gibbs also talked about his theory of dealing with the press was the drawbridge -- put to bridge -- you raise the bridge up.
We -- the bridge given down today in a brief fashion they rose that they raised the bridge back -- there -- lots of questions still remaining here.
I don't none of it is gonna lead to anything I think unethical or illegal.
But -- -- that you -- at what would happen to fifteen days ago if the president like came out instead of course.
We were concerned about who the replacement would be in the United States senate and of course now we had discussions about it and of course I -- Rahm Emanuel to have it.
But I never heard about any kind of quid pro quo and certainly would -- responded to it and we'll get back to within a day or two as did what kind of context we.
Carl really really -- -- transparently quickly about a minute left.
Won -- -- -- -- your brilliant analysis up front there is inching exchange -- union official goes to Valerie Jarrett and says look the governor wants so that's considering importing into the senate.
And he wants to be HHS secretary.
Which she did this does this okay and they say there's -- connected no suggestion of a quid pro quo that content and none.
-- -- -- relevant rich I think you've got the point.
At which the the message may have been sent back to Blagojevich we ain't gonna be playing any games like that and -- may have been in the conversation.
Between Valerie Jarrett and the president of the Illinois SE -- the service and employees international union I think you may have gotten a point which Blagojevich started to get the message hey I'm not gonna get anything out of this.
A lot of -- said no quid pro quo here on our PH Utah senator reflective exactly all right -- there I think.
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