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Published: Monday, 12/15/2008

Obama says investigation clears his team


CHICAGO President-elect Barack Obama says an internal investigation backs up his assertions that he and his staff had no involvement in the scandal enveloping the Illinois governor.

Obama calls the corruption charges against the governor an "appalling set of circumstances" that he says had nothing to do with his own office.

Obama says he's prepared to release the findings of what he called a "thorough and comprehensive" review, but that prosecutors have asked him to wait a week so that he doesn't interfere with an ongoing investigation.

He reiterated at a news conference Monday that he hasn't had any contact with the office of Gov. Rod Blagojevich (bluh-GOY'-uh-vich).

Blagojevich is accused of trying to sell or trade Obama's now-vacant Senate seat.

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