Blagojevich wants Obama on his side


    Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is looking to the White House for help in his corruption trial.


     

     

     

     

     

     

    Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is looking to the White House for help in his corruption trial.

     
    The New York Times reports that lawyers for Blagojevich intended to subpoena President Barack Obama for defense testimony. They contend that the commander in chief can supply valuable insight into allegations that Blagojevich tried to sell Obama’s open senate seat.


     
    “First, Mr. Obama contradicts the testimony of an important government witness,” stated the former governor’s legal team in a motion filed Thursday. “Second, President Obama’s testimony is relevant to the necessary element of intent of the defendant. Third, President Obama is the only one who can say if emissaries were sent on his behalf, who those emissaries were, and what, if anything, those emissaries were instructed to do on his behalf.”

     
    Blagojevich’s legal team also feels that Obama would be able to point out holes in the prosecution’s case.

     
    President Obama hasn’t been charged with an illegal activity in the matter. However defense filings seem to imply that he was involved in talks concerning who would take over the Senate position he vacated after the 2008 presidential election.
     
    The request for presidential testimony is unusual, but it’s not entirely unheard of. Both Presidents Thomas Jefferson and Gerald Ford have offered depositions during their respective terms in office.


     

     

    — Sonya Eskridge



     

     

     

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