President-elect Barack Obama said Monday that his transition office was delaying release of a report on contacts with the Blagojevich administration until next week because the U.S. attorney's office in Illinois asked for more time to conduct interviews about the controversial Senate vacancy.
At a news conference, Obama did not respond directly to a question about a Tribune report linking his chief of staff designee, Rep. Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, to discussions over the Senate pick with a top Blagojevich aide. Emanuel, on the sidelines for this conference, declined to answer questions.
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