April 22nd, 2010
01:47 PM ET
5 years ago

Blagojevich defense team seeks to subpoena Obama

Lawyers for Rod Blagojevich filed a motion Thursday seeking to subpoena President Obama to testify in the corruption case against the former Illinois governor.
Lawyers for Rod Blagojevich filed a motion Thursday seeking to subpoena President Obama to testify in the corruption case against the former Illinois governor.

Chicago, Illinois (CNN) - Lawyers for Rod Blagojevich filed a motion Thursday seeking to subpoena President Barack Obama to testify in the corruption case against the former Illinois governor.

The 10-page motion contends Obama must have information in the case because the charges against Blagojevich involve alleged deal-making to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Obama when he became president.

"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," the motion says.

According to the motion, Obama's public assertion that he had no involvement in talks about filling his Senate seat contradicts information from another witness in the case.

In addition, the motion says Tony Rezko, a political fundraiser convicted of fraud charges who has links to Obama, also is a government witness in the case and Obama can offer testimony about him.


Filed under: President Obama • Rod Blagojevich
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Dr. Bosley

    Say what you will about him, his hair looks marvelous.

    April 22, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  2. Fitz in Texas

    Blagojevich and Obama deserve each other. Maybe they'll just go away, and soon.

    April 22, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  3. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Blago is an idiot and this is just a move to delay his trial.

    April 22, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. Deborah/KansasCity

    This is the only person shadyer and more self absorbed than Sarah Palin.

    April 22, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  5. ted

    Blago is guilty. Give him an orange jumpsuit and a one way cab ride to Sing Sing prison and let him rot away for eternity. The guy is a lunatic and an embarrassment to the state of Illinois, just like the ex-governor before him, George Ryan, who is in prison in Indiana.

    April 22, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. midwest liberal

    A creepy little stall tactic by a creepy little man.

    April 22, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Just yesterday Blago threatened the prosecutors and called them names, I guess that didn't work. This is just another threat by Blago dropping a big name knowing full well the President won't be subpoena by him or anyone else. Blago is a desperate man and will take you, me and his own mother down with him in order to save his behind, he's already thrown his wife to the wolves by funneling money to her.

    April 22, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  8. MAD IN TEXAS

    OBAMA will be the weasel he is and will weasel out this one also. Just like his not willing to show proof of being born an American.

    April 22, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. Bedtime for Obonzo

    You go, Rod! Let's have some Chicago political entertainment.

    April 22, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  10. Captain Crunch

    Can someone spell "Grandstanding"??? Get him fitted for an orange jumpsuit!

    April 22, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. Predictable

    This was so obviously going to happen I wonder why it's even a story.

    It's always BIG headlines when one attempts to supeana the prez.

    I mean, back a few years ago, didn't that criminal Scooter Libby's legal team attempt to supeana W and pull Dick Cheney kicking and screaming from his "undisclosed location" hidey hole?

    OK conservatives, go for it and spout your fake righteous indignation while having your infantile fun. Just remember, Blago is manipulating YOU!

    April 22, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  12. PJ

    I really hope this little crooked twit gets locked up for a long time.

    April 22, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  13. Wake Up

    obama is a crook and a liar. just look he associates with. finally the public will realize this

    April 22, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  14. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Sure...it must be everyone's fault except for Rod himself. What a slimeball. The Hollywood executives that hired this jerk for TV appearances are even more slimy.

    April 22, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  15. Moderate

    Ahhh, another comedic move by the big hair guy. How silly

    April 22, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  16. James Madison

    Leggo my Blago!!! FREE BLAGO!!

    April 22, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  17. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Garbage from a garbage man.

    April 22, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  18. Kitchen Police

    This reeks!!! The Blag should leave the President out of his cesspool.

    April 22, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  19. Mike

    uh oh.. Muddy chicago politics.. guess the president is going to get drug into this too!

    April 22, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |