No allegations against Obama in Illinois: official
CHICAGO (Reuters) - President-elect Barack Obama was in no way implicated in the federal corruption charges against the governor of his home state of Illinois, a fellow Democrat, the U.S. prosecutor in the case said on Tuesday.
"I should make clear the complaint makes no allegations about the president-elect whatsoever," said U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested on corruption charges on Tuesday, including trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Obama. Obama, who takes office on January 20, left the Senate soon after winning the November 4 presidential election.
Fiztgerald told a news conference that with the arrest of Blagojevich he had wanted to stop a "crime spree."
Obama aides would not immediately comment on the charges against the governor, but said the Obama transition office would be issuing a statement.
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