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The Rod Blagojevich defense calls ... President Obama?

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Rod Blagojevich's lawyers believe there's one person who will say he knew nothing about a quid-pro-quo for a U.S. Senate seat and he happens to be the President of the United States.

The Chicago Sun-Times first reported Saturday that defense lawyers were seeking material involving the FBI's interviews of then-President Elect Barack Obama. Former Gov. Blagojevich faces charges he tried selling an appointment to Obama's senate seat in exchange for campaign cash or other personal benefits.
Defense lawyers want an early return on an FBI interview of then-President-Elect Obama concerning his staff's contacts with Blagojevich and the ex-governor's staff.

I asked defense lawyers Monday what was so pressing about getting this information. They told me they wanted an early line on whether they will call Obama as a witness.

After a court hearing Wednesday, Blagojevich attorney Sam Adam Jr. said he thinks Obama would make an "awesome" witness.

Loyola Law School Professor Laurie Levenson said the defense must clear major hurdles before coming close to the president.
The White House can cite a myriad of reasons not to testify -- everything from National
Security, to schedule conflicts to forcing the defense to find alternate options.
"Lots of options before you see President Obama traipsing into Rod Blagojevich's trial,"
she said.

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It makes alot of sense to call Obama and maybe his lawyers will ask what deal was he made with P.F.??? They should call P.F to the stand and ask him why he pulled the plug on the investigation??? Could it be that Barry was about to implicate himself??? I guess that would be another case that will be swept under the rug along with the Companion Security deal.

I'm no lawyer but calling Obama makes sense to me.

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