As we reported earlier, the Obama team's report on contacts with Embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will be released later this afternoon, but Joe Biden has already commented on the report. The vice-president elect said this morning that it will show there "no inappropriate contact" made between Obama aides and the office of the governor, who is accused of trying to sell the president-elect's Senate seat.
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Following an economic briefing with Treasury Secretary nominee Larry Summers, Biden echoed what President-elect Obama has been saying since the review was concluded last week.
"I don't think there anything to exonerate," Biden said. "It's been clear that the president-elect has had no contact with Blagojevich and or anyone on his team. He has asserted and you soon find in the report being released today that there has been no inappropriate contact by any member of the Obama staff or the transition team with Blagojevich. And I think the report you will see will reflect that this afternoon."
The report is expected at 4:30 p.m. ET. We don't expect Mr. Obama to make a statement about it while he is on vacation in Hawaii.
Meanwhile, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald is asking the Illinois legislature not to investigate the criminal charges against the governor in its impeachment proceedings, reports the Associated Press. In a letter, Fitzgerald said interviewing aides about possible crimes could "significantly compromise" his office's investigation.
You can watch Biden below: