December 26th, 2008
05:10 PM ET
6 years ago

Rahm Emanuel faces possible subpoena

Gov. Blagojevich's attorney urged the Illinois House panel to issue a subpoena to Barack Obama's Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.
Gov. Blagojevich's attorney urged the Illinois House panel to issue a subpoena to Barack Obama's Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

(CNN) - The Illinois House panel considering impeachment charges against Gov. Rod Blagojevich has received a letter from the governor's attorney urging the panel to issue subpoenas to more than a dozen potential witnesses, including incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

Steve Brown, spokesman for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, confirms to CNN that the impeachment panel received the letter from Blagojevich attorney Ed Genson.

"The committee has taken that letter under advisement," said Brown, noting the panel's next meeting is Monday morning.

Even if the panel moved ahead with such subpoenas, however, they could still be blocked by prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, who has previously expressed concern about the impeachment panel interfering with his ongoing criminal probe.

Nevertheless, the maneuvering by Blagojevich's camp could provide a distraction for President-elect Barack Obama and top aides just days after they tried to turn the page on the matter by issing an internal investigation claiming no wrongdoing by the transition team.

Genson, Blagojevich's attorney, did not immediately return a call seeking comment on his letter.

soundoff (165 Responses)
  1. Larry

    Blagos camp is going to do anything to try to stir controversy in an effort to dilute the attention

    Blagos a bum and we all know it

    Put him in jail ... period

    December 26, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  2. SG

    Make this noted that Blago is the one saying that these people should be subpoenaed. Obama and his team had nothing to do with any of this; these subpoenas are just Blago's attempt to bring others into his shame spiral. He's a moron that tried to sell Obama's seat, and that's that. Obama himself had nothing to gain from being any part of this stuff, so I'm truly not worried.

    December 26, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  3. Fred, So. St Paul MN

    They are all crooks, wouldn't suprize me if Obama is behind this as well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 26, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  4. Joe

    President-Elect and incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and others should face the music if they have nothing to hire and if they claims they are not involved. If they are reluctant to respond to the subpoenas, then they really have someting to hire. Let's wait and see what happen.

    December 26, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  5. Robin

    The downfall will be interesting to watch to say the least.

    No contact, yet they want to subpoena Emanuel.
    Natural born citizen, yet he spent 800k to keep his birth records sealed.

    December 26, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  6. Richard Rohde

    Impeach Hussein and Hair Plug and throw Pelosi and Reid, Rangel, Jefferson, the Banking Queen, Dodd and all of libercrats in jail. Won't that sound wonderful to hear everyday for the next four years? Payback time libercrats.

    December 26, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  7. Mark

    bk, how appropriate you go by the same initials as "bankrupt" as in your brain. since Obama's team DID NOT "pay to play", confirmed by the initial announcement by Fitzgerald, maybe they want Emanuel as a witness. same comments to all you Obama haters.
    amazing how repuklicans just can't understand what they read.

    December 26, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  8. Albo58

    Unlike George Bush preventing a "do nothing" show trial by Leahy and henchmen, Obama's staff, especially that thug Emanuel should be grilled for attempting to deal with a completely corrupt Governor! And no matter what pretty picture they try to paint, Obama's crew from Illinois is as crooked as a snake!

    December 26, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  9. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Bring it on, Blago, you dirty rat!

    December 26, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  10. bluesky

    Since this came from the governor's camp, then logically, the governor is trying to prove that there was no "quid pro quo" between his office and Barack Obama's. I believe that, but I wonder how the governor is going to weasel out of the overwhelming evidence against him about other state jobs, positions and contracts. He was clearly on the take.

    December 26, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  11. SOMEONE PLEASE THROW ANOTHER PAIR OF SHOES @ GW!!!

    Blago is just one bloody selfish MOFO; and wants to drag everyone including the people of illinois through the mud. this hair-raiser gonna rot in jail...

    December 26, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  12. chilling...

    to: Richard Rohde

    ...there is something wrong with you.......

    December 26, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  13. Noneya

    It is exceptionally telling how so many people have already concluded whether Obama et. al. are guilty or innocent of wrongdoing – before *any* facts have been revealed. And every one tries to pretend he/she is using 'reason' to defend said conclusion.

    December 26, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  14. Victoria

    Let me guess.. There will a hundred idiots trying to comment on this blog and say "OMG!!!!!!!!!!! Rahm Emmanuel is a crook!" Sorry, morons- Surrendering evidence doesn't make you guilty of the crime it pertains to.

    December 26, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  15. Independant Vet

    For 2 YEARS WE HEARD ONE LIE AFTER ANOTHER , THEN THEY STARTED CALLING IT FLIP FLOPPING.

    tHEN THEY BOUGHT THE WHITE HOUSE WITH MORE LIES, THAT ALL THEM DOLLARS WERE LEGAL . sOONER THAN LATER WE WILL HEAR THE TRUTH ON THAT . ALONG WITH MORE LIES.

    NOW THAT HE IS ON VACATION , MAYBE HE CAN TAKE TIME AND COME UP WITH A BETTER BIRTH CERTIFICATE THAN WHAT HE HAS SHOW SO FAR. wE ALL KNOW THAT MORE LIES ARE GOING TO SURFACE .

    STRICKLEY NOTHING BUT , AS USUALL CORRUPT , CHICAGO POLITICS. 4 YEARS OF LIES WE WILL HAVE TO LISTEN TOO . WHAT A BOOK SOME ONE WILL HAVE THE PRIVLIAGE TO WRITE . WRIGHT , AYERS, REZKO , ACORN , FARRAHAKAN , JACKSON, PELOSI, REED, AN THE LIST IS GROWING BY THE DAY. TITLED ,TIME TO LIE 4 A CHANGE.

    December 26, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  16. D. D.

    Take the pressure off himself and put it on President- Elect's back.
    The Governor might be out the box but he knows how to pull others out with him.
    All is fair in love, war and politics.

    December 26, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  17. Neville Robbin

    2 quick pro. They had him and now he is going to get away.

    December 26, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  18. Jim

    It's all dirty Chicago politics , and Obama sits in the middle of this dirt.
    Obama knew them all: Wright, Ayers, Rezko, Bogo and others.

    December 26, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  19. donjohn@harlannet.com

    Another idiotic play by CNN to generate news before it happens because they have nothing to grab anyones attention so they sit there and try and figure out 'How can we spin this to some rediculous speculation fo something important because we are too stupid to come up with real news' when what they should be doing is trying to find someone to run CNN who truly has a brain and knows what competent and intelligent news is all about, perhaps they can get their heads out of their comic book world and join the rest of us here in reality, nah, too much to ask for from morons like CNN.....

    December 26, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  20. Victoria

    I'll gladly have my head examined, bk :) I'm quite sure it's working just fine.

    December 26, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  21. Wanda WhyNot

    I notice a lot of people writing in here don't know jack about law and don't know most politicians and employees in major money industries are corrupt. Some of these comments are really disgusting and ignorant. On another note, is it possible to get a 2009 calendar with Rahm Emmanuel? He was keen to watch on C-SPAN.

    December 26, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  22. Ridgeway

    Wow! He's pretty shifty looking. But then, heh another Chicago politico why wouldn't he.

    December 26, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  23. Tru in FL

    Payback time? Did someone really write that? Head examined? You people are SO stupid. I hope you are never accused of anything in the future like riding around drunk with your Joe Six Pack. Because you will see what it is like to be accused and have people turn their back on you before a formal charge or hearing comes up against you. Chicago "thugs"...you are following the commentary of Rush Limbaugh? The man makes 38million a year to spew hate while you probably can't even make your next month mortgage and now you are quoting him? Wow, I know people like the Hannitys and Limbaughs of the world are laughing at your broke selves while they use you to spew their illogic and make millions off of your emptiness. Didn't Blago say these people did not play ball with him? Having a convo with someone doesn't make you a criminal. A child having a convo with a drug dealer and telling the dealer NO does not make the child a drug addict. You all want this president to fail so bad that you don't care how that will impact your actual life. Don't forget, your Gods and Heroes, Limbaugh and the crew will be just FINE if the President doesn't do well...you won't.

    December 26, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  24. MARIA, LOS ANGELES

    i can still remember on election day when mr. wolf blitzer was calling oput the first southern states that were for mccain, the votes for mccain were higher, and he said i am loving these numbers that are coming in, well that says it all, mr. blitzer how did it feel when you had to anounce the first african american elect president. not too good did it? CNN needs to get over the fact the we have a new elected president and stop adding fuel to the fire about this blagovich BS. read my lips! obama had nothing to do with it ok.

    December 26, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  25. FRED Atlanta, GA

    What I want to know is how in the HECK did this turn to an issue for OBAMA it is Blagojevich that is being investigated and this is the house panel that his lawyers are asking for a subpoena not the FEDS so all of you sore losers that are just trying to attach obama and his camp to blagojevichs corruption will be in for yet another rude awakening. Im so sick of the MSM acting like Obama and his transition team has something to hide when it's quite clear there is nothing. Man isn't even in office yet and you act like he's done more corruption than the past 8yrs where were all these questions when BUSH was in office! I'll be so glad when Jan 20th is here!!

    December 26, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
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