USA v. Rod Blagojevich, No. 08 CR 888. BlagoGate - RezkObama Redux
The Chicago Tribune provides a hint of what delicious entertainment the impending trial of impeached Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich -- and fired Celebrity Apprentice contestant -- may bring. The writer speculates on who may be subpoenaed to testify and what revelations lucky jurors and the public may hear. For example, he/she writes:
- Thursday's defense filing disclosed something the White House never has. A labor official, evidently from the Service Employees International Union, has told the FBI that on Nov. 3, 2008, the day before Obama was elected president, the candidate was on the phone, offering his opinion on the suitability of his friend Valerie Jarrett to fill his Senate seat. That contact isn't illegal or even inappropriate. It does, though, look tacky — and it also exposes Obama calling the controversial SEIU when he wanted to get a message relayed to Blagojevich.
But the disclosure of that Obama outreach serves the purposes of Blagojevich's lawyers: See? Even the president-to-be was working an angle to influence the choice of a new senator — and Obama can testify that the governor didn't ask anything in return. Similarly, showing jurors a deposition in which Obama contradicts what Rezko has told the FBI on other potentially embarrassing topics could discredit any Rezko testimony that he and Blagojevich were scheming to run the state as a criminal racket. Again, advantage Blagojevich.
- Rod Blagojevich was booted from his former position as Illinois Governor for alleged abuse of power. For his case, Blagojevich is seeking to have President Barack Obama to testify in his defense in the trial. The former Governor has subpoenaed the President in order to clear up certain differences between things that the president has said, and things that were said by other witnesses in the case.
- U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., says defense attorneys have subpoenaed him to testify at the corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
WBBM-AM, Chicago, reported Durbin told reporters he had spoken to Blagojevich once about the Senate seat left vacant with Barack Obama's election as president. Durbin, the Senate majority whip, said the call lasted 10 to 15 minutes and he suggested 10 to 20 people to consider for the vacancy.
Looks like it's time for a refresher course on some of the who, what, why and how. RezkoWatch launched January 26, 2008; all the original articles and much more can be found in The RezkObama Reader. When BlagoGate surfaced in late December 2008, RBO kept up with the news, such as it was; articles are compiled at The BlagoGate Reading List.