Faced With The Blagojevich Scandal, Did Barack Obama Tell The Whole Truth? Read more: http://swampland.blogs.time.com/201...whole-truth/?xid=rss-topstories#ixzz0sNEvWt4c Just weeks after President Obama won the 2008 election, the governor of Illinois was charged with trying to sell Obama's old Senate seat. It was an early challenge for the then president-elect, and he responded in a grand gesture of transparency. He asked Greg Craig, his future White House Counsel, to investigate “any staff contacts or communications” with Governor Rod Blagojevich's office. Less than two weeks later, Craig released a public report, which purported to remove any lingering doubt about the President's involvement in the matter. It read in part: It was a blatant lie.