December 26th, 2008
05:10 PM ET
10 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

    Richard Rohde...a dead horse

    December 26, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  2. Joe in Dallas

    There must be a school somewhere for "conservative" posters. Too bad it only consists of Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh. A few grammar and spelling instructors would be a nice touch, though. The meat of this article is not in the article, it's in the comments that show what an incredibly stupid, uneducated electorate we have. I guess that's what happens when anybody can be a writer or a publisher simply by hitting the "submit" button on a web page.

    December 26, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  3. Anna, Missouri

    Oh my gosh! I can't believe some of the rediculous comments on this site! I was a life long Republican until this year, and now I wonder what took me so long to see what the Republican party was becoming. Everytime I hear the words "family values" and "patriotism" coming out of a Republican's mouth again, I will remember how they responded with slime to a Democrat that won the Presidency because he was the better choice. He is our President Elect, and he deserve the same respect that you demanded for Bush. Remember how unpatriotic it was for someone to criticise Bush, or how unpatriotic it was to question decisions he made regarding going to war, etc. Well, now it is time for you to show that you truly are patriotic and support President Elect Obama and quit spewing forth the hatred. It is so UNPATRIOTIC.

    December 26, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  4. steve

    Hey Independent Vet... check yourself into a clinic. Seriously. You realize that "supoena" doesn't mean "indictment," right? And since when does a president-elect have to explain himself when he goes on vacation? In case you may be a little confused as to today's date and the significance of January 20th (duh) he's not the president YET (duh). I'm sorry that you may be bitter (duh) about the repubs losing the election (duh), but you need to move on and calm the **** down. When you pop as many pills as Rush does, it's a given that there may be some paranoia and other adverse side effects. God Bless.

    And seriously? There are people out there that still think Obama wasn't born on American soil? *Sigh* Well, I guess public schools are to blame for that, but then again, I went to one and I can see through the propaganda.

    December 26, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  5. Lori

    Oh my God!!! There's a subpoena for Emmanuel!!! It must mean that President-elect Obama is guilty. And that he won't be our next President and he will end up in jail forever and forever... Ladies and gents, that is the 'intellect' of the average Republican.

    Please remind them that Obama had an internal review. The same internal review that Sarah Palin had to clear herself in Troopergate. The difference is that Prosecutor Fitzgerald would have shown the evidence- if there was any against Obama. Sorry Repubs... for the next 8, hopefully 16 yrs (with Hillary Clinton) and possibly beyond because the Republicans can't win on the Redneck vote alone- will be the Democrats!!!

    December 26, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  6. Perusing-Through


    [1.] – Gov. Rod Blagojevich has always been an outsider in Illinois politics and most politicians stopped talking to him years ago. Senator Obama's Illinois camp, along with Congressman Rahm Emanuel's Illinois camp, and Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. camped stopped playing ball with Blagojevich years ago.

    [2.] – Once Obama won Presidential Election and selected Emanuel to be his Chief of Staff , Blagojevich saw this has his opportunity to cash in on at least two high-profile Illinois seats while simultaneously getting into the Obama-Biden cabinet.

    [3.] When PE-Obama's Sr. Advisor Valerie Jarrett indirectly informed Blagojevich's emissary that he was too d@mn radioactive to be considered for an Obama-Biden post, Blagojevich launched this political explosion and the media along with the RNC have ridden this garbage for every juicy mile.

    December 26, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  7. Buddy

    Blogo and Obama need to go to jail with their Pal Rezko.

    December 26, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  8. Mary from Kentucky

    you need your head examined.

    December 26, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  9. Brenda C

    Rahm just take your shirt off and show your man boobs and all will be forgiven and forgotten.

    December 26, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  10. (Former) Lifelong Republican for Obama, Columbia, TN

    WHATEVER! Can we please move beyond this story? I know there is more news to report.

    December 26, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  11. Still laughing at you bitter people!!!

    I come on these message boards for pure entertainment now. During the election it would kinda piss me off, but now many of you sound like my elementary students when they lose a game of 4-square... You can continue to hate Obama for the next 8 YEARS, but your biggest fear is that he might actually be successful and benefit you and your families...

    I just got pulled over in Cincinnati, OH last week and I told the officer that I'm an Obama supporter and he jokingly let me off of the 15+ mile per hour speeding violation. Add Ohio to the corruption list.... Make sure to blame it all on Obama too...

    December 26, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  12. Change

    Obama back in 2002 put all his support behind Blago and ended with “You Betcha”

    Sit back and enjoy this show because this guy is slicker then Willy.

    The Chicago thugs have come home to roost in the WH. You Betcha!

    December 26, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  13. Flo

    Blago and team looking for an out of jail card. I guess Rambo could legimitize his claim that he is innocent of charges. Good Luck Gov'nur

    December 26, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  14. Joe Fattal

    I always said to myself, if Gov. Blago goes down he is going to take some of them with him.

    December 26, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  15. Griff

    CNN..... Again you get it wrong.... Pakistan/India..... It's Christmas! What is happening, is Hundreds of Years of Crap...... Drum Beat.....
    A way of telling the World..... Budda...... Islam... They are way older than you.......

    December 26, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  16. Mitchell from MS

    Any surprises here????

    What happened to noone from my team had any contact with the Governor?

    December 26, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  17. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    This all being said while the biggest, dirtiest and flakiest crooks still are in the White House.

    Get over it people. Obama is your soon to be president and things WILL get better.

    Sorry, to bust your perpetual stupidity bubbles.

    December 26, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  18. te

    They should start singing the theme from "MoonRacker"

    December 26, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  19. Nija

    Obama, I did vote for you and if you have anything with this I hope you let us know about it because if in the future fingers start pointing at you I will jump ship FIRST. This is a promise.

    December 26, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  20. mike

    Hes not even in office yet and this is hitting the fan?! imagine what we'll find out in 4 years!! god i cant wait, get ready for some serious buyers remorse liberals!

    December 26, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  21. steveo

    you dont think the crooks attorney would subpoena emanual unless he'd "confirm" the governor's "innocence" do you?

    he should act like cheney, ignore the law then bang on his opponents for ignoring the "rule of law". or be like bush and have a token incompetent attorney general "redefine" whats the term "bribe" really means or be like clinton and ask what the definition of "is" is.

    December 26, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  22. Steve

    All you posters, CNN was a big hit with you when they were writing fluffy pieces about Obamessiah throughout the election, and ripping on McCain and Palin. You guys LOVED CNN then. Now, when CNN goes back to doing their job, exposing scandals and being critical, they are "unfair" and "in a rush to make the pres-elect fail". It's about GD time the MSM resumed acting like REAL journalists, and you goofy Liberals nut-jobs are crying foul about it! Wolf Blitzer was as big of Obama supporter as the rest of you! C'mon, let CNN do their job you ne'er content losers!!

    December 26, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  23. Griff

    All I keep hearingis::::: Protect Barack Obama..... He is a Saint!!!!!
    What CraP...... He's Black... Period...... But he is also the Biggest Liar..... All the Blacks who protect him, know this..... Keep up The Lies....

    Your Losing.....

    December 26, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  24. 25 Days to Go!!

    Blago and his lawyer are trying to keep this story going and to cast as large a cloud as possible to get the best deal for the "Governor".

    It is amusing that the press and people who have denigrated Blago are using him at the same time as being someone credible!!

    December 26, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  25. Steve

    It's funny, "change" is what everyone wanted. Well, we're getting "change". Unfortunately, what we aren't getting is "improvement".

    December 26, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
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