POLITICS
01/22/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Obama Blagojevich Records May Stay Under Wraps

Barack Obama is promising that next week he'll disclose contacts between his staff and disgraced Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's office, but he's stopped short of pledging to release e-mails or other records that could be key to understanding those contacts.

Whatever such records exist may never see the light of day, thanks to a gap in government records disclosure laws that allows presidential transition teams to keep their documents -- even those prepared using taxpayer dollars -- out of the public record.

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