Special Investigator Needed
My recommendation to President-elect Obama would be to respond to this situation quickly and unambiguously, but without compromising his position as President-elect, nor the principle of innocence until proven guilty.
He should consider meeting with leaders of both parties in Congress and propose that a special investigator be identified who is well respected for honesty and political independence. Though I'm not sure what the legal and procedural issues would be regarding the relationship of a special congressionally mandated investigation to the on-going federal investigation, I believe the President-elect needs to make sure he is not seen as sitting on the sidelines. He should take a proactive stance not only to help get at the truth, but also to make a statement.
The objective of a special investigator would be 1) to determine if anyone form the Obama transition team was involved or was aware of the pay-to-play scheme 2) deflect any accusation that the investigation (and ensuing consequences) could be politically tainted, and 3) to make it clear that behavior such as that of which Blagojevich is accused, is intolerable to the new President and his team.
The President-elect can use this situation to establish his moral posture to the greater American public and provide a framework for discussing issues of ethics and credibility with leading members of both parties.
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