Blago to subpeona Obama

@laglen (19783)
United States
April 22, 2010 7:10pm CST
Democrat Rod Blagojevich has asked a federal judge to issue a subpoena to force President Obama to testify at the ousted governor's corruption trial. In a motion filed Thursday with U.S. District Judge James Zagel, Blagojevich attorney Sam Adam says Obama has direct knowledge of allegations made in the indictment. It would be extremely unusual for a sitting president to testify at a corruption trial. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office, Randall Samborn, had no comment on the 11-page motion. The filing contained several sections blacked out, apparently because they refer to material that the court has placed under seal. Blagojevich has pleaded not guilty to charges that accuse him of scheming to sell or trade the Senate seat left vacant by Obama's election as president http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/04/22/blago-seeks-subpoena-obama-corruption-trial/?test=latestnews I am willing to bet a fiver, Obama does not appear in court.
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• United States
23 Apr 10
It will surprise me if Obama does appear in court. Sence Blago has plead not guilty AND is asking Obama to testify...I am assuming Blago thinks the President know something that will prove his innocence...in which case why WON'T Obama testify. If has information that can get a innocent man off of the charges shouldn't be feel obligated to testify? LOL
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@laglen (19783)
• United States
23 Apr 10
interesting point. we will have to see.
@spalladino (17927)
• United States
23 Apr 10
Blago wants Obama to testify to the following: "The defense is saying the president knows what was going on, the president knows that this was just typical horse-trading, typical politics as usual," Miller said. "And that's why they want him on the stand, to tell the jury that." According to the article that rose cited, it would be unusual, but not unprecedented, for a sitting president to testify in a court case. Don't automatically assume that Blago is innocent based on the fact that the president may or may not have known how some folks operated in Chicago. He just reeeeally wants the president to say, "Yeah, that was normal stuff." but that still doesn't make it legal stuff. They're not likely to get the president on the stand either. According to the article it would be more a matter of Obama giving a recorded deposition, under oath, in the White House, so that's what the jury would see.
• United States
23 Apr 10
Well Blago must be stupid. There is no way Obama is going to show up or even do a taped depsoition saying what Blago is accused of is "business as usual" and that he knew about it and was in on it. You are right...just because it is normal stuff...does not make it legal and Obama is NOT going to incriminate himself. Dream on Blago.
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@hofferp (4739)
• United States
23 Apr 10
I'll bet $10 that he doesn't testify in court. Now if I'm wrong, they may take the court to Obama and let him testify behind closed doors. You know that non-transparency thing again. Have a good day. (It's cold and rainy here, believe it or not.)
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@laglen (19783)
• United States
23 Apr 10
I will see your ten and raise you another fiver! cold and rainy and I will raise you some hail and tornado warnings! Our seedlings were just popping through!
@hofferp (4739)
• United States
23 Apr 10
Fold... But my seedling are between an inch (cantelope and cucumbers) and 6 inches (beans). I plan on having a salad next week...of course, it'll include green tomatoes and a lot of ruffage.
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@laglen (19783)
• United States
23 Apr 10
lol I think I will hold out a bit longer for my salad, it is supposed to snow tomorrow and low 30s. If I want salad, I will have to hit the grocery store.
• United States
23 Apr 10
I'll bet a tenner!
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@laglen (19783)
• United States
23 Apr 10
we're at fifteen now!