Rahm Emanuel Discussed Obama Shortlist With Blagojevich Staff

Republican National Committee spokesman Alex Conant released this response to the report: "While Obama certainly deserves some credit for releasing his team's contacts with Gov. Blagojevich, it remains unfortunate he acted only after political pressure was exerted. Hopefully, President-elect Obama's promises of transparency related to this matter will extend to all communications, including written."

Blagojevich has maintained his innocence and is vowing to fight the charges. He has resisted calls from Obama and others to resign his seat, and he still has the power to appoint Obama's replacement, though his attorney has said he is unlikely to do so because the Senate would almost certainly not seat his selection.

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