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11-07-06 Convoluted Relationships of President Obama, FBI – Compilation of Media Reports

11-07-06 Convoluted Relationships of President Obama, FBI – Compilation of Media Reports

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11-07-06 Convoluted Relationships of President Obama, FBI – Compilation of MediaReports
US President Barack Obama reacts a the gift of an FBI hat given to him by FBI Director Robert Mueller prior to speaking to employees at FBIHeadquarters in Washington, DC, April 28, 2009. Photo credit SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
1. 08-12-26 Barack Obama questioned by FBI agents over Blagojevich Illinois senate seat scandal – Telegraph2. 09-04-28 FBI Director Robert Mueller III — Introduction of President Barack Obama3. 11-03-25 Who will become the next Director of the FBI _ NPR4. 11-04-26 Wanted New FBI director ‘ready to go’ _Reuters5. 11-05-12 Obama Seeks Extension of Mueller's Term as F.B.I. Director – NYTimes6. 11-05-14 Will Obama Turn FBI Director Mueller Into The Next J. Edgar Hoover_Government in the Lab7. 11-05-16 Federal Judge denies Blagojevich attempt to get Obama's FBI interview_Chicago SunTimes8. 11-06-14 Activists cry foul over FBI probe _The Washington Post
Barack Obama questioned by FBI agents overBlagojevich Illinois senate seat scandal
President-elect Barack Obama has been interviewed for two hours by four federalinvestigators about the scandal surrounding the alleged sale of his Senate seat by GovernorRod Blagojevich of Illinois.
Rod Blagojevich, the Illinois governor, with President-Elect Barack Obama
Photo: AP
By Toby Harnden in Washington4:24PM GMT 26 Dec 2008
Mr Obama has broken new ground by becoming the first US leader to face questioning by federal agentsbetween election day and inauguration."Here the guy hasn't even gotten his tuxedo for the ball yet and already there's a prosecutor who wants to talkhim," Robert Bennett, one of Washington's top lawyers, told
The New York Times 
. "It's the era that we live in."Mr Obama was interviewed last Thursday at his Chicago transition office by two assistant United Statesattorneys and two FBI agents. He was accompanied by his personal lawyer Robert Bauer and an associate.The president-elect willingly agreed to the interview and no objections were raised to any of the questions, hiscampaign staff said. He is not a target of the corruption investigation that threatens to engulf some ofChicago's most prominent politicians.
But the interviews underlined the dangers of the Blagojevich scandal dogging the early months or years of MrObama's presidency, just as Bill Clinton, who was interviewed by investigators at least 10 times, was distractedby the Whitewater land deal inquiry.Caroline Kennedy: I will have to work twice as hard as others if picked for Senate(http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/3965813/Caroline-Kennedy-I-will-have-to-work-twice-as-hard-as-others-if-picked-for-Senate.html)It came as Ed Genson, Mr Blagojevich's lawyer, asked the Illinois House of Representatives panel deliberatingon whether to impeach the governor to subpoena Rahm Emanuel, Mr Obama's chief of staff, Mr Obama'sclose friend Valerie Jarrett and Representative Jesse Jackson Jnr, an Obama ally.Mr Emanuel spoke to Mr Blagojevich once or twice and his chief of staff John Harris, also facing corruptioncharges, at least four times about the vacant Senate seat, which the governor has the sole authority to fill.Mrs Jarrett, due to be a White House adviser to Mr Obama, was initially named by Mr Emanuel as thepresident-elect's preferred candidate.Transcripts of wiretaps indicate that Mr Blagojevich believed Mr Jackson was willing to pay up to a milliondollars to become a senator.All three have also been interviewed by federal investigators. Patrick Fitzgerald, leading the Blagojevichinvestigation and who quizzed Mr Bush for 70 minutes about the Valerie Plame CIA leak scandal, did notinterview Mr Obama.Thus far, however, Mr Obama has not been tainted by the Blagojevich scandal, the major distraction for hisstaff during an unusually smooth transition in which his cabinet and senior advisers have been named inrecord time.A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released on Christmas Eve found that an impressive 82 per cent ofAmericans approve of the way the Obama is handling his presidential transition, three points from earlyDecember. Just 15 per cent said they disapproved.In 2000, President-elect George W. Bush had an approval rating of 65 per cent, two points lower thanPresident-elect Bill Clinton in 1992."Barack Obama is having a better honeymoon with the American public than any incoming president in thepast three decades," said Keating Holland, CNN's polling director."He's putting up better numbers, usually by double digits, than Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, or either GeorgeBush on every item traditionally measured in transition polls."

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