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Murk spreads in Chicago

13/12/2008

More murk in Chicago over the Blagojevich affair, with new allegations that Rahm Emanuel had talks with the Blagojevich camp on the issue. Plus further revelations about links with Jesse Jackson Jr. This article in The Times refers.

Any recordings of the newly appointed White House Chief of Staff speaking to Mr Blagojevich about Mr Obama’s former Senate seat would prove an acute embarrassment to the incoming Obama Administration, even if no illegal deals were discussed, and could even force Mr Emanuel’s resignation. Mr Obama has promised to release details of any contacts between his staff and the Governor’s office but told a news conference on Thursday that he was “absolutely certain” that none of his aides was involved in any deal-making.

Mr Emanuel skipped Mr Obama’s press conference, which he typically attends. Cornered by a Chicago Sun-Times reporter at a concert at his children’s school, he refused to comment.

The sooner this is cleared up the better.

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