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Pressure Increases on Gov. Blagojevich to Resign

President-elect Barack Obama repeated his call Thursday for Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to step down as more details of the governor's corruption and bribery scandal continue to emerge. NewsHour correspondent Elizabeth Brackett of WTTW in Chicago updates the case.

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  • JIM LEHRER:

    The latest on the Blagojevich investigation. Here's more of what President-elect Obama told reporters today.

  • JOURNALIST:

    In your statement, when you addressed the controversy over Gov. Blagojevich, you did not repeat what your spokesman said yesterday about having him — that he should resign.

  • PRESIDENT-ELECT BARACK OBAMA:

    Let me be absolutely clear: I do not think that the governor at this point can effectively serve the people of Illinois.

    The legislature is going down to Springfield to make a determination as to how to resolve this issue. I think they're going to come to the same conclusion.

    I hope that the governor himself comes to the conclusion that he can no longer effectively serve and that he does resign.

    But what I'm absolutely certain about is that our office had no involvement in any deal-making around my Senate seat. That I'm absolutely certain of. And the — that is — that would be a violation of everything that this campaign has been about, and that's not how we do business.

  • JOURNALIST:

    Have you or anyone in your transition or campaign been interviewed as it relates to the criminal complaint?

  • BARACK OBAMA:

    I have not been contacted by any federal officials, and we have not been interviewed by them. As is reflected in the U.S. attorney's report, we were not, I think, perceived by the governor's office as amenable to any deal-making.

    And, you know, I won't quote back some of the things that were said about me. So — this is a family program, I know.

  • JIM LEHRER:

    Ray Suarez takes it from there.