Judge James Zagel denies a defense request to gain access to the FBI report summarizing then President-Elect Obama's 2008 interview with federal investigators.That's sorta Blago's point Judge Zagel: there's nothing there. And covering the interview up certainly creates the impression there very well is something there.
Defense lawyers argued in a filing last week that the government minimized Obama's knowledge of the then-Governor's attempts to horsetrade for the Senate seat appointment. They said that testimony by government witness John Harris contradicted that portrayal by federal prosecutors.
Harris testified last week that Blagojevich believed Obama knew about Blagojevich's request for a presidential cabinet appointment in exchange for appointing Valerie Jarrett to the Senate seat.
Zagel said there was nothing relevant concerning Harris's testimony that would allow the defense access to Obama's interview.
"There's just nothing there," Zagel said.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Judge Zagel: You can't see President Obama's interview with FBI
Via the Blago Blog. A ruling that certainly turned Lincoln over in his grave.