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Blagojevich Asks Judge To Subpoena Obama As A Witness In His Corruption Trial

April 27, 2010 by  

Blagojevich asks judge to subpoena Obama as a witness in his corruption trial Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s team of lawyers filed papers with a Federal judge April 22, asking the court to issue a subpoena for President Obama to testify as a witness in the disgraced politician’s upcoming corruption trial.

According to the Associated Press (AP), the motion indicates that the president has direct knowledge concerning the government’s accusation that Blagojevich attempted to sell the senatorial seat left vacant following Obama’s presidential election victory.

While no direct accusations were brought against the president, the court documents claim that the comments made by Obama at a news conference conflict with statements made by a candidate for the seat and a labor union president.

"There are two conflicting stories and the defense has the right to admit evidence that contradicts the government’s claims," said the motion, which was obtained by news sources after blacked out portions of the documents were mistakenly revealed online for several hours.

Before the "computer glitch" could be fixed, the public was able to view sealed testimony by several witnesses who reportedly said that a labor union representative spoke with Obama on Nov. 3, 2008, and that the then-Illinois senator expressed his hope that Senate Candidate B would be picked by Blagojevich as his replacement. Valerie Jarrett, a longtime friend of Obama’s and a current White House adviser, is known to be Senate Candidate B, according to Fox News.

Blagojevich’s trial is expected to begin on June 3. It is still unclear whether Obama will be forced to testify.

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  • Claire

    I can see why Blago is doing this–he is grasping at straws. The little “Elvis wannabe” needs to be in jail! Blago is nuttier than a fruitcake. As far as what I know, Blago and Obama did not get along–they barely spoke to each other so I really don’t know what will come of this. It will be interesting to see what happens.
    Sorry, but his wife is goofy too. I feel sorry for their kids. These kids will suffer for the idiocy of their parents.

    • JeffH

      Claire, I don’t know whether or not he is innocent or guilty but judging by the way he carries himself, he may a lot of important dirt to throw. He’s gonna go down swinging. I really don’t care one way or the other and I’d be willing to bet that Obama, if he doesn’t hide behind his executive powers, can shed some light on the matter.
      Toss em all in jail!

      • Claire

        JeffH–I agree. There are supposed to be tapes of Blago trying to sell the Senate seat vacated by Obama. Jesse Jackson Jr. was also involved in some way, but apparently he got out of it. It is a mess. I never had any use for Blago, and it will be iteresting to see what happens. Sure, inncocent till proven guilty- but with Illinois politics as it is, they are all guilty.

  • http://www, David

    “…in the disgraced politician’s upcoming corruption trial.”

    If he is innocent, then he is not discraced. If he is innocent, then it is those who impeached him who are discraced.

    Rod Blagojevich wants all the tapes to be played, which tells me he has nothing to hide. Blago is not afraid of full disclosure. In fact he WANTS all the tapes to be played!

    I believe Blagojevich. I believe he is innocent.

    Let the truth come out. Play all the tapes. If the prosecution wants to cherry pick what tiny tape snippets get played while all the rest is suppressed, then it is the prosecution, not Blagojevich, who is disgraced and corrupt.

    • SiliconDoc

      I agree with you, Blagogevich got railroaded, and the Illinois legislature decided they were omnipotent, and rammed through another railroad job, and then the idiotic national press went insane defending Obama and lying, again.
      I’ve watched more than one interview, and always noticed that Blagogevich correctd the lying interviewer properly.
      Consider P Fitzgerald, who claimed they had a 3 year wire sting on this guy, including Jesse J Jr wearing a wiretap to try to entrap Blago, and all we have is a claim by Fitzgerals that he was “stopping an enormous crime spree that was quickly to come”…
      I see, so 3 years of wiretaps, no charges, and suddenly, after getting sick of having NOTHING for three freaking years, you announce your target is about to go on a huge crime spree and you must stop him. HOW CONVENIENT.
      Then, similar to Fitzgerald’s false attack and press conference on Scooter Libby, all that great evidence on future crimes is worthless, except in the hands of our current fascist judicial system. A “pre-emptive strike” is now ok. Guilty when suspected of committing some crime at some future date that has NEVER happened.
      People have gone along with it, because of the single cussing tape about getting something – obviously he was getting nothing, no offers, he hadn’t a clue where to sell it or whom to convince to buy it… so he blows out a single angry line…over a tapped phone, with the completely vague “gonna get something – from somebody, somewhere,sometime…” – a big fat ZERO.
      Now, I suppose the government will charge him with conspiracy, mail fraud, line fraud, dishonest services, and 23 other charges, and pray some stick, and certainly the judge will make certain some do, with “the instructions that you must convict” etc,etc,
      The sad thing is, the guy seems like the only HONEST politician Chicago ever had – and it appears that is the reason he had to be gotten rid of.
      A close female relative met him, and I was told directly ” He was the most arrogant man I’ve ever met.”
      I’m pretty certain that alone is enough to convict him nowadays – with the jury making certain their feelings are 99% of the verdict.

    • Jo

      You obviously did not live in Illinois while Blago was in office. Imagine having a governor in office that did speak with the speaker or the House or Senate Leader for six years. Blago made his own rules, disregarded what Illinois citizens voted for or against and pretty much did his own thing with no regard for right. He put forth many unfunded programs and raided the teachers pensions for at least two years, and redirected funds raised for other programs for his own pet projects,with no pay back to name only a few. So please unless you lived in Illinois during those year’s while he was in office don’t say he was railroaded, he created his own mistrust, problems and enemies and I would find it difficult to believe that he did not have at least a part in the current mess he is in.

      • Jo

        Correction that was supposed to read “did not speak with”

        • Claire

          Jo—Hooray!! You speak volumes!! I agree with you 100%. I am here in Illinois, and yes Blago made his own rules and played his own game. Perhaps the walls will come tumbling down this time and all of the corrupt politicians will pay the price. It is about time they pay the piper.

  • Jim H.

    David, The defense can review and ask for the portions of the tapes to be played that will help them. The prosecution doesn’t have all the say. The judge will make the final decision of what gets played. Blaggo wants all of them played in the hope of boring the jury to death. He knows Obama won’t go to testify, It’s just grasping for straws. His defense layer will try to convince a jury that the tape that would exonerate him was the one those mean old prosecutors refused to play.

  • s c

    It’s not for me to say if Blagojevich is guilty or innocent. What matters in this case involves one topic and one topic only. That is, any wrongdoing needs to be exposed, and if it becomes a classic case of washing dirty laundry in public, then the public deserves to have every sordid detail.
    This is a good time to use a progressive’s standard rule #1, where an accusation garners nationwide media attention, and anything that reeks of smoke
    must keep the matter in the public eye for a long time.
    The ex-gov will have an interesting time being dragging Obummer into court. Obummer will use the Bubba Clinton defense in trying to duck showing up in a mortal court [I am ME. Don't you know who I am?].
    Good luck, gov. You’ll need it.

    • JeffH

      s c, as usual, good commentary and views.

  • Lee

    I can see why Blago is doing this–he is grasping at straws. The little “Elvis wannabe” needs to be in jail! Blago is nuttier than a fruitcake. As far as what I know, Blago and Obama did not get along–they barely spoke to each other so I really don’t know what will come of this. It will be interesting to see what happens.
    Sorry, but his wife is goofy too. I feel sorry for their kids. These kids will suffer for the idiocy of their parents.

    • Claire

      Lee– You repeated my post word for word. Why? Sarcasm or do you agree with me?

      • http://?? Joe H.

        That is as weird to me as it is to you!!!

        • Claire

          Joe H– yes, very weird. There is a “Lee” posted below. Odd that he hasn’t come forward and said he didn’t do it. Hmmmm….

      • libertytrain

        Claire – I’ve seen it before – actually on a post I did, I believe they are spammers.

        • JeffH

          …spammers or trolls…

  • Daniel

    David, The defense can review and ask for the portions of the tapes to be played that will help them. The prosecution doesn’t have all the say. The judge will make the final decision of what gets played. Blaggo wants all of them played in the hope of boring the jury to death. He knows Obama won’t go to testify, It’s just grasping for straws. His defense layer will try to convince a jury that the tape that would exonerate him was the one those mean old prosecutors refused to play.

    • JeffH

      …game players…

      • http://?? Joe H.

        I think I,ve seen Daniel on another site. this is nothing but subterfuge!!!! Alinsky style!!!

        • Jim H.

          Joe, I like it, My post got out twice and I only needed to write it once. Thanks Danny.

  • Bass

    If he gets Obama in court all Obama can do is take the 5th. to save his own butt

  • http://yahoo rev gay

    I, too, believe Blago—I think that he has been railroaded by some powerful people but he has decided not to take the fall. However the powerful people will probably NOT be outed because they have their “methods”. We should all take a lesson from this and not trust “the word” or promises of people seeking power.

  • Bob Plugh

    You know how to tell if Obuma is lying, right??? Just see if his lips are moving!

  • Warrior

    Blago is no more corrupt than the rest of the democratic laedership in ILL. They should all be on trial and I hope he exposes and takes as many of the lot down with him.

    • OB58says:

      Hey warrior, someone says… that’s why there are no lawyers in heaven!

  • Ron O.

    First of all, it’s a toss up between Illinois and Wisconsin for which state has the most corruption and the whole nation KNOWS it. Those people have been led around by the nose by the unions so long that any self conceived thought would be considered a miracle. They have gotten too use to someone else thinking for them and telling them what to do and who to vote for that they don’t bother to check out the candidates. THAT”S a problem that will be hard to correct. Why do you think that these are the only two states in the U.S.A. that don’t have a concealled carry program? The politicians and the union bosses are afraid that some honest law abiding citizen might shoot them? The union bosses and the politicians don’t trust the people to be competent and want to have more and more control over them. Wake up Illinois and Wisconsin. You are being duped and conned at the same time.

    • Robin from Arcadia, IN

      Ron O… Michigan could be included in corrupt states, as well as California. I’m sure you wouldn’t have to go far to find corruption in all the states, but Michigan and all their unions and handouts have made them very corrupt. And in California you have so many illegal immigrants feeding off the state. Too bad the people who have been trusted to run our states/country are no longer trustworthy….

  • Marilyn

    Blago and Obama are friends. Don’t let the smooth talker fool you. I saw pictures of the two together and they were smiling, not frowning. My hope is that Blago will turn state evidence and remove all the officials from office.

  • Victor L Barney

    I’d like to see Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich get it done, but he will not because of Obama’s power and control! The good news is that the Bible is about Israel and “America” literally IS the TRUE Israel, not Judah. However, Israel also is forbidden in the Bible from putting a foreigner(non-Israelite) over them(Deut. 17:15), which was done anyhow by and overwhelming white women vote for him(Some things just do not change since Eve)! Now,most probably September(9th?), the Two-Witnesses described in the bible are coming to PUNISH Israel for 3 1/2 years(Jacob’s trouble). I pray not. but I fear so!

    • Lee

      I agree with American being Israel. My question is why is September 9th the date you say the Two witnesses will arrive?? Thanks in advance.

      • JeffH

        ’cause it’s my birthday?

    • Jo

      What does Blago have to do with America being Israel? Isn’t this a far stretch? Any why 9/9/2010???? or other year? I thought the date was 12/21/2012.

  • http://gmail Raindancer

    Rod has the thugs in rhe white house by the short hairs. Emmanuel and all the democrats thugs are doing their best to shut Rod down. Play all the tapes for the public to hear. It will show what a fecal group of socialisr communists tht were elected,and are put in athority or in power. Either Rod has some thing on somebody pretty hard evidence or he has some guts.As the muslim in cheif said bring it on, so let the chips fall and see what gets exposed, and we should all get to hear what was said!!

  • Save America Susie

    Regardless of circumstantial evidence, and the fact that Blago may look guilty, a person is innocent until proven guilty under our American law. Obama should NOT be above the law! Regardless if politicians smile at each other, it means nothing. Their politicians–great actors.Their mood &/or friendhsip can be an act. What counts is facts.

    • Claire

      What counts is facts–very true but don’t hold your breath and expect to get facts when it comes to Illinois politics.

      • SiliconDoc

        Don’t expect to get the facts in a court case, no matter how public. Don’t expect the jury to get the facts, the system and judge and prosecutor all make certain the jury of peers is as dumbed down and controlled as the whole mess of public school children.
        Judge “We cannot allow that evidence, the jury will be biased”.
        Prosecutor ” Uh, I didn’t provide the exculpatory evidence to the defense during the whole discovery and trial period because we forgot, scheduling was difficult, and case burdens required choices, plus some of the items were mixed up in boxes.”
        “That’s ok, the sob was guilty and we all knew it from the look on his puss and the way he acted”.
        “We can just tell, its our gut instinct, our hunch” < JUSTICE in USA
        ANYTHING to make certain that gut instinct gets satiated.
        Besides all of that, the police, DA, and system is hell bent on "getting their man" – anyone convenient enough to pin it on.
        I've watched what is going on, a nation on Nancy Grace's.
        Whatever the emotionally controlled gut instinct pop culture wackomos say…
        The facts, are just too difficult for the public or the system to face.

  • Lorysky

    Governor Rod Blagojevich has nothing to hide obviously. I believe that
    he’s innocent until proven guilty so thank God that he has come out
    public with this as this needs to be absolutely addressed to the American people. Also there is less chance of Rod B. being silenced by the Chicago corrupt machine if something bad happens to him as he has brought lots of pain and embarrassment to Obama and his lot.
    I did hear from Fox News that Rahm Emmanuel was involved in this situation somewhere along the line of events. If Rahm knew so did Obama. This will be an interesting development and i am curious whether Obama will testify in Court and what he will say. Governor
    Blagojevich has nothing to hide obviously so let’s see where it all goes. If Obama wont testify then to me i smell a rat.

  • James A Graham

    — On Thu, 4/1/10, Nancy

    I hope you get mad like I did!

    Subject: 545 people vs 300 million people

    545 people vs 300 million people

    This is about as clear and easy to understand as it can be – read it!!
    The article below is completely neutral, …not anti republican or democrat.

    Charlie Reese, a retired reporter for the Orlando Sentinal has hit the nail directly on the head, defining clearly who it is that in the final analysis must assume responsibility for the judgements made that impact each one of us every day.

    It’s a short but good read. Worth the time. Worth remembering!

    545 vs. 300,000,000


    Charley Reese has been a journalist for 49 years.
    545 PEOPLE–By Charlie Reese

    Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them..

    Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

    Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

    You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The president does.

    You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

    You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.

    You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.

    You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

    One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

    I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

    I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.

    Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

    What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits….. The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

    The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? Nancy Pelosi. She is the leader of the majority party. She and fellow House members, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

    It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million can not replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

    If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.

    If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red ..

    If the Army & Marines are in IRAQ , it’s because they want them in IRAQ

    If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.

    There are no insoluble government problems.

    Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like “the economy,” “inflation,” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

    Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.

    They, and they alone, have the power..

    They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.

    Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees…

    We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

    Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.

    What you do with this article now that you have read it……… Is up to you.
    This might be funny if it weren’t so darned true.
    Be sure to read all the way to the end:
    Tax his land,
    Tax his bed,
    Tax the table,
    At which he’s fed.

    Tax his tractor,
    Tax his mule,
    Teach him taxes
    Are the rule.
    Tax his work,
    Tax his pay,
    He works for peanuts

    Tax his cow,
    Tax his goat,
    Tax his pants,
    Tax his coat.

    Tax his ties,
    Tax his shirt,
    Tax his work,
    Tax his dirt.

    Tax his tobacco,
    Tax his drink,
    Tax him if he
    Tries to think..

    Tax his cigars,
    Tax his beers,
    If he cries
    Tax his tears.

    Tax his car,
    Tax his gas,
    Find other ways
    To tax his ass.

    Tax all he has
    Then let him know
    That you won’t be done
    Till he has no dough.

    When he screams and hollers;
    Then tax him some more,
    Tax him till
    He’s good and sore.
    Then tax his coffin,
    Tax his grave,
    Tax the sod in
    Which he’s laid…

    Put these words
    Upon his tomb,
    Taxes drove me
    to my doom…’

    When he’s gone,
    Do not relax,
    Its time to apply
    The inheritance tax..
    Accounts Receivable Tax
    Building Permit Tax
    CDL license Tax
    Cigarette Tax
    Corporate Income Tax
    Dog License Tax
    Excise Taxes
    Federal Income Tax
    Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
    Fishing License Tax
    Food License Tax
    Fuel Permit Tax
    Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
    Gross Receipts Tax
    Hunting License Tax
    Inheritance Tax
    Inventory Tax
    IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
    Liquor Tax
    Luxury Taxes
    Marriage License Tax
    Medicare Tax
    Personal Property Tax
    Property Tax
    Real Estate Tax
    Service Charge Tax
    Social Security Tax
    Road Usage Tax
    Recreational Vehicle Tax
    Sales Tax
    School Tax
    State Income Tax
    State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
    Telephone Federal Excise Tax
    Telephone Federal Universal Service FeeTax
    Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
    Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
    Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax
    Telephone State and Local Tax
    Telephone Usage Charge Tax
    Utility Taxes
    Vehicle License Registration Tax
    Vehicle Sales Tax
    Watercraft Registration Tax
    Well Permit Tax
    Workers Compensation Tax
    What in the hell happened? Can you spell ‘politicians?’

    I hope this goes around THE USA at least 100 times!!! YOU can help it get there!!!
    ps If you do the right thing and pass this on -which is entirely up to you – please do the right thing and highlite and delete any addresses you receive with it. Thanks

    Nancy Gress
    Director, Financial Services
    Leon County School Board
    PH: (850)487-7131 Fax (850)487-7869

  • derVenerschnitzel

    I believe that from what we’ve witnessed over the last 18 months or more, Obama is a bigger liar than Blagojevich. Did Barry know? Of course he did… he is an Acornonian through and through.

  • Michelle

    Watergate 2

  • JeffH

    Song, song of the sheeple
    never will convince the American people

    liberals like to show their hate
    in support of the promise to fill their plate
    nothing in the world could ever be free
    not even health care for you or me

    Song, song of the sheeple
    never will convince the American people

    Obama has studied Alinsky and Ayers
    rules for radicals and muslim prayers
    the words from his mouth ring truth no more
    he’s a Marxist believer deep in his core

    Song, song of the sheeple
    never will convince the American people

    government growth and government control
    these websites are filled with his government trolls
    if we lose in November we’re pretty well done
    hang on to your money and cling to your guns

    Song, song of the sheeple
    never will convince the American people

    pride in America is what we say
    we want a free market not government pay
    so praise ole glory and the red white and blue
    lets show our pride, take back America too

    Song, song of the sheeple
    never will convince the American people
    Song, song of the sheeple
    never will convince the American people

    Glory glory hallelujah the truth keeps marching on

  • Jo

    Rules are not made for people like these. They don’t see them as obsticles they see them are challenges. It will be interesting to see how this unfolds.

  • Jim H.

    With friends like Ayers, Wright, Rezko, and Emmanuel, I’m not sure if I would want Obama to be a character witness. His crack legal staff may want to rethink that move.

  • Eric

    ’cause it’s my birthday?

    • JeffH

      …don’t be dismayed…’cause it’s my bithday, September 9

  • JeffH

    Dax, I don’t know what game you’re playing but it’s not cute. This has been copied and pasted on other threads.

  • JeffH

    Bob Livingston, have you noticed an increased ampunt of liberal hacks trying to disrupt your website? I sure have and the post by Dax is being posted on other threads by different named posters.

    These hacks are just trying to discourage other posters…Alinsky’s finest at work.

  • sally

    If God is not your standard then your capable of anything.


    The Governor of Kentucky is so pissed that he couldn’t get GAMBLING Machines ETC:::at the horse race tracks that he is going to shut down Government…..All state parks,,,,and all state run agency’s. He will be a ONE term Governor just like Obama will be a ONE term President……They are both Democrats..


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