Stephanopolous said his sources indicated that his sources indicate that the Obama team's review of contacts will show that Emanuel had only one conversation with Blagojevich, and that it was a courtesy call after being named as Obama's White House Chief of Staff.
At the same time, Stephanopolous said that while Rahm Emanuel spoke four times to Blagojevich's then-chief of staff John Harris (since resigned), he did push the pick of Valerie Jarrett. But when Harris asked if in return for picking Jarrett, "all we get is appreciation, right?" "Right," Emanuel responded.
We know that wasn't good enough for Blagojevich, right?
But also on This Week, it was pointed out by Cokie Roberts that it would have been "political malpractice" if someone from the Obama camp had "not talked to the governor" over a replacement candidate for Obama's seat.
Stephanopolous' bottom line:
Bottom line: these sources say that Obama's report, which is expected to be released this week, will confirm what Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald and President-Elect Obama have said -- and what Governor Blagojevich clearly believed: that Obama officials were not open to any kind of deal for the Obama Senate seat.Watch a video clip from Sunday's This Week with George Stephanopolous: