ABC NEWS' SUNLEN MILLER REPORTS:
At the Drake hotel in downtown Chicago this morning, President-elect Obama told reporters that he is frustrated about the reporting regarding his staff’s conversations with Blagoveich’s office, and that he’d like to correct such reporting immediately.
But not yet.
“It is a little bit frustrating,” Obama replied to a reporters question as to why he has not been more transparent –- as promised -- with this process, “There's been a lot of speculation in the press that I would love to correct immediately. We are abiding by the request of the U.S. attorney's office. But it's not going to be that long. By next week, you guys will have the answers to all your questions.”
The Obama Transition Team released a statement on Monday deeming the results of their internal investigation backed what Obama has said: that no one on their staff had any inappropriate conversation with embattled Gov. Blagojevich’s office about any “pay to play schemes.”
Chicago Newspapers are reporting that incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel had numerous conversations –- caught on Federal wiretapping –- with Blagojevich's staff, pushing for Valerie Jarrett to full Obama's vacant Senate seat.
The results of the Obama transition team’s investigation will be made public on December 22nd, when presumably the names and conversation of all the people who communicated with Blagoveich’s staff will be known.
-- Sunlen Miller