June 8th, 2010
09:09 AM ET
5 years ago

Opening statements to begin in Blagojevich case

Blagojevich has denied any wrongdoing.
Blagojevich has denied any wrongdoing.

(CNN) - Opening statements in the federal criminal trial of embattled former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich are set to begin Tuesday.

The trial could feature White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. Both have been subpoenaed as witnesses in the case, according to a senior administration official.

Blagojevich, a two-term Democrat, was impeached and removed from office in January 2009 amid accusations that he had attempted to sell the U.S. Senate seat that had been occupied by Obama before he became president.

The ousted governor is accused of telling his former chief of staff, John Harris, that he wanted "a good gig" in exchange for an appointment to Obama's seat, either in Washington or with a lucrative private foundation.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. jp,michigan

    Oh! What a web is spun to deceive! The trial will it really show how politics is played in Illinois ( Chicago), or will only half truths emerge!

    June 8, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  2. David

    This is such a waste of time and money. Blagojevich just wants the media time and the media should ignore it. Blagojevich won't be satisfied until he implicates someone else in his fall from the spotlight.

    June 8, 2010 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  3. William

    It's softball time for this over-televised hairwad, who should for all rights and purposes be doing chain gang time on some public project..

    June 8, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  4. Angus McDugan

    Wow. Chicago politicians breaking laws, getting a slap on the wrist, and making millions in this tabloid crazed nation of ours. What is the incentive to not be a bad person? It certainly is not how we treat criminals because we glorify them.

    Sad!

    June 8, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  5. Blago needs time with Bubba

    a little reflection on what 'violation of public trust' means could do him some good, maybe he will come out of the experience with a skill, doing laundry for example

    June 8, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |