US Atty Fitz on PEBO: ‘We Make No Allegations that He’s Aware of Anything’

Dec 9, 2008 1:56pm

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller reports:

U.S. Attorney Patrick "The Untouchable" Fitzgerald was pressed numerous times today at his Chicago news conference about President-elect Obama’s awareness of Blagojevich’s actions.

“I’m not going to speak for what the President elect was aware of," he said. "We make no allegations that he’s aware of anything and that’s as simply as I can put it."

Later when asked if Obama had been briefed on this case, Fitzgerald again answered, “I’m not going to down anything that’s not on the complaint… I have enough trouble speaking for myself, I’m never going to go try to speak in the voice of a President or a President-elect so I simply pointed out that if you look at the complaint there’s no allegation that the President-elect, there’s no reference in the complaint to any conversations involving the President-elect or indicating that the President -elect was aware of it and that’s all I can say.”

Were any phone calls to the President-elect or any members of the Obama transition team intercepted?

“You can read the complaint. I’m not going to sit here with a 76 page complaint and parse though it – that’s all we’re alleging. And I’m not going to start saying ‘did anyone ever talk to anyone?’ You can read what we allege in the complaint. It’s pretty detailed. Look in the 76 pages. And if you don’t see it, it’s not there.” 

– Sunlen Miller

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