Blago Asks for Subpoena of Obama

By Matt Loffman

Apr 22, 2010 1:59pm

ABC News' Rick Klein reports: Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's campaign to salvage his reputation — and save himself from prison time — is again ensnaring the man whose old Senate seat was at issue in the corruption probe. That man, of course, is President Obama. Lawyers for Blagojevich, D-Ill., today asked a federal judge to subpoena the president to testify at trial, plus force the release of “any and all reports generated during any and all interviews [prosecutors] had with President Barack Obama.” The court filing comes complete with intriguing redactions touching on testimony that Blagojevich’s lawyers cite from Tony Rezko, a real-estate developer and former Obama associate who was convicted on fraud and bribery counts in 2008. One other point made by Blagojevich’s attorneys is certain to prompt a new round of questions of the White House: “President Obama has direct knowledge to allegations made in the indictment. In addition, President Obama’s public statements contradict other witness statements, specifically those made by labor union official and Senate Candidate B. It is anticipated that labor union official will be a witness for the government. His accounts of events directly related to the charges in the indictment are contradicted by
President Obama’s public statement.” Blagojevich’s lawyers offer to make special arrangements to allow the president to testify: “The defense understands that the President of the United States of America is not a routine witness and would not request his appearance if it did not think he was critical to the liberty of Rod Blagojevich. Whatever security or scheduling concerns can be reduced by arranging for the most convenient presentation of testimony.” Read the full court filing at the Chicago Sun-Times Web site HERE.

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